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Getting locked into a room for an hour and working out the clues to escape is a game which has become very popular throughout France in a very short period of time.

The first Escape Game in France was HintHunt which opened in Paris in 2013 and has seen more than 500,000 players pass through its doors. It now has eight rooms in which teams of three to five players can play one of four games.

You can choose between freeing a wrongly convicted man of murder, find a submarine lost in the ocean, navigate a pirate ship ...

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