Malta has had its fair share of stand-out marriage proposals: from live-on-air proposals to bending the knee at the Christmas pantomime, we’re no strangers to shaking things up when planning for the long haul. But proposing in the middle of an escape room? We hadn’t heard that one either…
Australian Thomas Brown, however, had a different take on the proposal game; teaming up with Can You Escape? Malta organisers Jeanice Bondin and Riccardo Gulino, Brown planned the sneakiest holiday proposal ever, getting in touch three weeks prior to his arrival in Malta with Monica, then just his girlfriend.
If you’ve never been to an escape room before, the rules are as follows: you get locked in a room and you have one hour to get out (with or without a series of hints along the way). Simple enough, in theory.
Tom and Monica decided on a space themed escape room. Little to the fiancée-to-be’s knowledge, the two had been given an additional puzzle to crack, complete with its own little treasure box containing an engagement ring and a message bearing Tom’s proposal.
Admittedly, this isn’t the first time that the organisers have received strange requests, having had sex-themed rooms being proposed in the past.
Jeanice herself added that couples who play alone tend to end up having huge arguments mid-session. “We rarely have couples who come again,” she said, as her partner Riccardo went on to say they were just as excited as Mr Brown was prior to entering the escape room. “He had planned it out so well […] pretending he needed to go to the bathroom before they started to hand us the ring,” Riccardo explained.
Monica, of course, said yes to Tom’s proposal, and despite weeping for the remainder of the trials, the two completed the escape room with just over twenty minutes to spare.
The organisers said that rethinking the room was a challenge, but one they were excited to undertake in such a short timeframe, telling Lovin Malta that it takes around eight months to plan out and completely furnish an escape room and its puzzles.