A new game called The Divide has been launched by Pier Pressure Escape Rooms, a local company who are donating 10% of the booking fees from this game to BHT.
Originally created by TimeTrap Escape Rooms in Reading, The Divide aims to highlight the unequal distribution of wealth within an escape room environment.
Phil Harris, the co-owner of Pier Pressure, said:
There’s a big homelessness issue in Brighton and so having this game that can help raise awareness fits in really well here.
The escape room is divided into two halves, contrasting an opulent domestic apartment with one inhabited by a less fortunate family. The aim of the game is to work between the two halves, with the various puzzles highlighting the disparity between the two settings. This week a few members of BHT staff went to trial the game.
Andy Winter, CEO of BHT said:
There were 178 people sleeping on the streets of Brighton and Hove at the last official count. The support of the Escape Rooms is of huge importance to our ability to support those people living on the streets. Through First Base Day Centre we are able to provide those basic facilities that most of us take for granted, such as toilets, showers, clean and dry clothes, hot drinks and a meal.
The Divide game designers were interviewed on BHT Bites, BHT’s weekly podcast where they discussed the game and how it originated in Reading.
The Divide is now open to the public and tickets can be booked via Pier Pressure’s website here.