Hamlet's Mouse-Trap Escape Room (Breakout EDU)

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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark! Can you foil the dastardly King Claudius and catch this murderous monarch in the jaws of his very own Mouse-Trap? Drive student engagement through the roof with this comprehensive Escape Room simulation in a race against the clock as students use knowledge of the plot, characters, setting, and events of Hamlet -- Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of angst, justice, and existential revenge!

This Escape Room is designed to test your students’ knowledge of Hamlet in a high-energy end-of-unit collaborative activity, where student groups will race against the clock to defeat Hamlet's murderous uncle Claudius and serve up a taste of the villain's own medicine!


There are five different puzzles in this game, all of which can only be unlocked by correctly solving a total of 67 themed clues testing the following concepts:

• Castle Night Watch - Thematic Brain Teaser (Four clues)

• Stage & Scene Scramble - Setting (15 clues w/ cipher)

• YouToBE or Not To Be Film Fest - Video Clues / QR Codes (16 clues)

• Cast of Characters Quote ID - Quote Identification (24 quotes w/ cipher).

• Timeline Puzzle - Chronology / Symbolism (8 clues w/ cipher)

*(Note: the "YouToBE or Not To Be" Film Festival puzzle requires internet access by way of a device with a QR code reader. If your classes do not have BYOD / one-to-one, you will need to set your overhead projection to "extended display" so as to simultaneously set up a video clip screening station and keep the countdown clock displayed at the same time)

Please note: this escape room scenario is designed to be compatible with the kit provided by Breakout EDU. Great people, FANTASTIC product, and I cannot say enough good things about how much I love their creativity, innovation, and student-centered classroom approach.

*(Note: Not ready for a full-class Escape Room? No problem. Teachers can use these same interactive puzzles as stand-alone activities to be completed in small groups across multiple days of the unit!)

+Step-by-step teacher walkthrough of the solutions to all game puzzles.

+ Fully customizable Google Slides download contains plug-and-play Escape Room scenario and review game that can be put in place TODAY if your classes have finished reading Shakespeare's Hamlet.

If you already own a Breakout EDU kit, this scenario can be implemented immediately. Don't own a Breakout EDU kit? Don't worry! The download walks you through how to create your own escape room *for free* simply by printing the puzzles and replacing the keyed locks with puzzle-specific passwords (or Google Forms).

High energy, visually stunning, and fully immersive -- this is a class escape room done right. Driven by student collaboration, competition, and communication skills: it's unit-ending activity that your classes will NEVER forget.

Good luck with your escape room!

- John


Want more Escape Rooms?

Comprehensive End-of-Unit Escape Rooms designed for Breakout EDU:

Escape Room: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Escape Room: Death of a Salesman

Escape Room: Emerson, Thoreau and American Romanticism

Escape Room: Hamilton

Escape Room: Poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

Escape Room: To Kill a Mockingbird

Shakespeare Escape Rooms designed for Breakout EDU:

Hamlet's Mouse-Trap

The Merchant of Venice: Shylock's Revenge

Romeo & Juliet: A Plague on Both Your Houses
Macbeth: Escape The Cursed Kingdom

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Total Pages
30 Google Slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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