No Exit – The Poltergeist Room

No Exit – The Poltergeist Room. Game Date 18/04/2017

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Theme:
“A Widow and daughter lived in this room before their sudden disappearance. Every once in a while, people have seen a silhouette of a woman. Can you connect clues the spirits are communicating? Are you able to perform a successful ghost exorcism in order to escape? You have 60 minutes before you’re possessed!”

Theming was suitable to the story, with the decor being quite simple to start and expanding to an overwhelmingly decorated, and quite disorienting room.
The room was clean and finished to a good standard, and didn’t have too many red-herrings but there was a lot of things to look at/through in the early stages of the room.
Immersion was OK, not a massively immersive room, but enough to give a good feeling of the room and space being haunted, with a great creepy soundtrack and a few small jump scares! Got a couple of screams from me at certain stages in the game.

Game Play:
A linear game, with almost exclusively observational puzzles, with one math puzzle thrown in. A touch more open in the later stages of the game but this all came back to the linearity again to finish.
All the puzzles made sense, and there were 2 puzzles which I really enjoyed, and were novel. They had lovely ah-ha moments, and were rewarding once completed!
Aside from the 2 enjoyable puzzles they seemed to lack the Ah-ha moment we seek, not that the puzzles weren’t logical, they were for the most part enjoyable… they just fell a bit flat compared to the 2 fun and rewarding puzzles that held the room up.
The flow was a bit sticky in places, this may have been our shortcoming as we are not the best at observation and this room requires that you have a very keen eye for detail!
The BIGGEST bug-bear to me was a damn jigsaw, which was a pure red herring. GET RID. Honestly, I do not mind a jigsaw that leads to a code or clue, but there is nothing more irritating than doing a jigsaw that leads no-where, it instantly sets me on edge and leads me to wonder how many more red-herrings there will be in the room (luckily that was the only one) – I would say take it out for smaller groups as it was just an utter waste of time!
I would recommend 3/4 for experienced players (We thought we’d have done better with an extra pair of eyes as it’s such an observational room) and I would recommend newbies play one of No Exit’s easier rooms first to ease their way into the harder rooms.

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen.

Game Host:
Iffran was our game host, friendly and welcoming, he ran our game really well and helped us when we got stuck (but also did let us figure stuff out on our own)

Did we escape?
Yes, in 55 minutes so it was a close one!

Website: http://noexitrooms.co.uk/
Price:
2 Players £44
3 Players £60
4 Players £72
5 Players £80

Lucardo – Espionage

Lucardo – Espionage. Game Date 14/04/2017

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Theme:
“The year is 1938, just prior to the outbreak of WWII. You and your team are part of the newly founded British Secret Intelligence Service. The War Office has had a number of classified documents stolen, which are thought to be held in a secret enemy bunker. Intelligence tells us the guards change every hour. Your Mission: crack the bunker security codes and recover the documents before the guards change.”

Theming was very good, as we’ve come to expect from Lucardo, the room was decorated well, and it was clean and crisp whilst still take us back in time to 1938 in the props and decor. The immersion was good, and really got us embroiled in the story and exploration of the room. A really impressive room with nothing out of place, enough decor & props to immersive, but also not too many to distract and annoy. Spot on again!

Game Play:
A game with fantastic flow that was fairly linear, a truly classic escape room, with lots of fun puzzles to get into and padlocks a plenty! (I was in padlock heaven, as I love a lock-heavy game!)
The puzzles leant more towards word play and observation which played to our strengths and we felt well within our comfort zone! The puzzles flowed from one to the next perfectly, and at no point did we feel stalled by the game, when we did stall we knew we were just missing something crucial, such is the fantastic logic of Lucardo’s gameplay.
Every single puzzle was so enjoyable, and they all had that “Ah-ha” moment, as well as being beautifully logical with no logic leaps what-so-ever. Masterful!
A perfect first room, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to dip their toe into the escape room water!
Enthusiasts will enjoy the execution of the puzzles and flow in this room, but I would recommend a smaller group so you can really get stuck in to every single puzzle and not miss a thing!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen

Game Host:
Jack was our game host again and ran our game with precision and ease, knowing exactly how to get us out of sticky situations (TBF I think we only used 1 hint!) We chatted for a while after and I really get the impression that he loves his job, and the industry, which is SO important to a game host!

Did we escape?
Yes, in  43 minutes!

Website: https://lucardo.com
Price:
2 Players £42.00
3 Players £57.00
4 Players £72.00
5 Players £85.00
6 Players £90.00

Mission Exit – The Killer Code

 

Mission Exit – The Killer Code. Game Date 04/04/2017

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Theme:
“You and your team have been locked inside the warehouse that is owned by a serial killer, realising that you’re next on the list you have to do everything it takes to break free and save yourselves from becoming the next victims.
Using logic, puzzle skills and brain power can you break the killers code as you find out more about him than he knows about you.

Mission Exit is located within a warehouse, which immediately gives the perfect setting for the serial killer’s lair, We were impressed with the theming and the SPACE, this has got to be the single biggest room we have played in, It was huge… and a little overwhelming at times! But the simple decoration and bloodstained walls really immersed us in the killer’s warehouse. This will be a great space for larger teams to explore, smaller teams may feel the space a bit imposing.

Game Play:
The game was strictly open, almost EVERYTHING was available to us at the beginning of the game. There was a lot of finding in this room, keys and codes galore and it’s about working out which codes are important to use. Some of the codes required small logic leaps, but nothing that was completely illogical. There is certainly a lot to do especially for smaller groups. The room isn’t as “puzzley” as I’m used to (and like, so that is subjective)  so this threw me a little bit, but the flow of the room does work nicely (and when we played the room was still in its testing period so puzzles may change slightly by opening) and there are a couple of nice puzzles to engage with throughout the game.
There is a nice piece of story telling in the game and details unfold throughout which is a good touch.
A good game for larger groups!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen.

Game Host:
Alex was our Host and also the owner, we chatted for AGES about escape rooms and it’s clear that he really enjoys playing and has put so much passion into his game!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 58 minutes.. it was a close one!

Website: http://missionexit.co.uk/
Price: We will update prices as soon as the website is back up and running!
2 Players £
3 Players £
4 Players £
5 Players £
6 Players £

Cryptology Barnsley – HMS Cypher

Cryptology Barnsley – HMS Cypher. Game Date 01/04/2017

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Theme:
“Mentally prepare yourself to travel back in time to find out what happened to the HMS Cypher and her crew.

Set in 1943 the Cypher was tasked with hunting a new and deadly German U-Boat that could change the course of World War Two.

Remember, nothing you are about to encounter has ever been acknowledged by the British Government!”

WOW. Was our first impression when we walked in, the theming was superb & the immersion was fantastic! Finished to such a high quality. The immersion was great and the use of space was so clever in making it feel like the tight tunnels of a submarine. Sound track and effects were used to great effect, further more involving us in the story and immersion of the game.

Game Play:
Game play was linear and 2 fold, as well as escaping the submarine, you also have a side mission! The flow of the game was superb, with some amazing puzzles. One of which being one of the best puzzles we’ve done in a while. The entire room was intelligent and fostered teamwork by the bucket-full, you can’t play this room without excellent communication and teamwork.
The puzzles were all made up of many components, which all came together seamlessly to create brilliant Ah-ha moments. This room was so brilliant in it’s game play and immersion that when we encountered one moment, we thought we have screwed us up beyone redemption!
Enthusiasts will love this game, Newbies may find it challenging but still exciting and fun!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a telephone

Game Host:
Simon was our Game Host and we could have chatted for EVER about escape rooms and the industry. He was so welcoming and friendly and ran our game perfectly!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 52 minutes. A respectable time considering we were both utterly exhausted!

Website: https://cryptologyrooms.co.uk/barnsley/
Price:
2 Players £40
3 Players £57
4 Players £70
5 Players £80
6 Players £90

As this was Ian’s 100th game, we were treated to cake in the room and a lovely certificate from Simon, such a wonderful personal touch to find in the room!  We are both official geeks now!

Enigma Rooms – Ward 13

Enigma Rooms – Ward 13. Game Date 01/04/2017

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Theme:
“You’ve been mistakenly put on Ward 13, you have only 60 minutes to escape before been trapped here forever.
Ward 13 is otherwise known as The Morgue!!”

The theming & decoration was great, although it was quite dingy within the room, with low light levels, this was fitting for the theme of the room, an abandonded asylum would not have a lot of light.
The morgue was eerie and clinical and a sense of foreboding fell over the entire room. The story was delivered well throughout the puzzles.

Game Play:
A linear room with some really fun puzzles with a good flow. A good mix of logic/observation/word with a few normal escape room tropes thrown in. A couple of puzzles required small logic leaps that Ian got very well, so maybe it was my tiredness that caught me out on them and not the puzzle design. All puzzles had good ah-ha moments and there wasn’t much searching to be done at all.
The room’s finale puzzle & exit were the highlight for me, such a fun way to exit a room!
Experienced players will enjoy this room and find a challenge in the design. Newbies would find this a hard room to start off with.

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen in the room. You get 2 “life lines” (you can also get freebie hints but these are very few and far between – Enigma rooms,  whilst being tough with the hints still want you to have fun and not feel frustrated)  I wasn’t too keen on this idea, as we much prefer when clues are delivered when you need them. This obviously inflates the difficulty within the room, but at the same time it does give immense satisfaction to beat a room with only 2 or 3 hints!

Game Host:
Nick was our game host, and Enigma Rooms do the briefing slightly differently in that ALL the games start at the same time and he briefs everyone together. I really enjoyed this as it gave a real sense of camaraderie and team play with all the groups

Did we escape?
Yes in 49 minutes!

Website: http://www.enigmarooms.co.uk/
Price:
2 Players £40
3 Players £48
4 Players £60
5 Players £65
6 Players £72

Logiclock – Cosa Nostra

Logiclock – Cosa Nostra. Game Date 01/04/2017

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Theme:
“We are in Sicily, in the villa of the Sicilian mafia, where 4 mafia bosses hold their meetings. You are the secret team of the British Spy Agency. You’ve only got 60 minutes to reveal all plans of the mafia bosses and escape from the villa using only your mind, logic and common sense. But be very careful, the mafia is very dangerous and if they catch you we can’t guarantee your safety….”

A beautifully decorated room, clean crisp and it smelled of LEMONS! Well, we were in Sicily. I LOVE how Logiclock use smells in the room, it really helps the immersion.
The theming was continuous and fitting for the room. I’ve gotta mention the lovely comfy chairs (which I made use of!!) A very well themed room, and a lovely environment to play a game in, the use of tech was understated and used very well.

Game Play:
A beautifully linear game with an excellent flow. Incredibly logical and plenty of Ah-ha moments. A lovely mix of puzzles, math, logic, visual, aural, physical. All bases were touched within this room, leaving us each to experience expertise and allowing us to all shine at different moments within the game. Some of the puzzles were devices we had seen before in escape rooms but all puzzles were so logical and clear in their soloution. I enjoyed that a lot in this room.
I would encourage enthusiasts to take a small team. Newbies may find this room a little more difficult so a bigger team could help

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen in the room. We didn’t use any!

Game Host:
Antony was our Game host and he delivered a cool brief within the room, really setting the scene.

Did we escape?
Yes, in 35 minutes (Reportedly the 2nd best time ever!)

Website: http://logiclock.co.uk/
Price:
3 Players £54
4 Players £68
5 Players £80

Cryptology – Agents of Danger

Cryptology – Agents of Danger. Game Date 01/04/2017
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Theme:
“Join a live actor in a loving and slightly silly tribute to spy movies of old. This puzzle is set at the heart of Nottingham’s city centre where you’ll take your escape room into a different dimension by becoming an agent!”

Agents is not your typical escape room, the experience starts before your date with destiny when you receive your dossier in the post (or in our case via e-mail!) – this really gets you immersed in the story and excited for your upcoming mission. You meet Alex in a pub and the game is afoot! During the course of the game you’re taken to a secret lair, which in being the caves under Nottingham it couldn’t get more immersive, the space is used well and it criss-crossed through various locations all keeping the pace of a spy misson, with twists and turns and lots of fun!

Game Play:
The story is paramount in Agents, this is implemented within the puzzles. The puzzles are a lot of fun and not too difficult, but at the same time they require a calm and critical approach as they lean a little more towards the mental & logical side of the scale! There will be something for everyone to enjoy within Agents of Danger, from the puzzles to the interaction with Alex to the exploration of the caves and beyond.
I wouldn’t class this as a typical escape room, as your end goal is not to unlock a locked door and “escape”,  It contained elements of escape rooms in the puzzles but I would look at this as an immersive story with puzzling elements. Most of all it was SO much fun! Fast paced and exciting. This will appeal to so many people, families will enjoy it as much as groups of friends as the actor can tailor the experience to each group perfectly.

Clue System:
Alex delivered our clues as and when we needed them, even dropping them into normal conversation

Game Host:
Alex Danger was our host and mentor for the hour, directing us through the story and engaging us 100% throughout! Amazing job, he kept character fully throughout the experience and his interaction, acting and improv was excellent and really took the mission to the next level!

Did we escape?
Well, escaping wasn’t the end goal but we completed the mission!

Website: https://cryptologyrooms.co.uk/nottingham/agents
Price:
£99 per team of 2-6 agents

Logiclock – Made in Stein

Logiclock – Made in Stein. Game Date 01/04/2017

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Theme:
“You’ll enter Professor E.’s room. Professor E. had to go very quickly and without attracting attention. He had to leave so fast he couldn’t find somebody who could continue his work. There are lots of candidates but he needs the best of the best. The Professor asked Mrs. Taylor, his assistant for help.

In order to prove your skills you have one thing to do: Escape from Professor E.’s room.”

The theming was good, a “typical office” but done to a high standard. Nothing was out of place within the office environment. Later in the game the lab side was also decorated very well, being sterile looking and having all the props one would expect in a lab.
Immersion was good, with a fair balance between puzzles and immersion.

Game Play:
After a slightly slow start (all our fault) we began to get into the game properly and once it started flowing it didn’t stop, the flow was wonderful! The puzzles were incredibly logical and leant a little more to the maths side of things, but there was such a wide variety of puzzles that covered a multitude of skills. This room will allow every member of your team to shine in different ways. Most of all, this game was fun, it encouraged team work and curiosity! A well written solid room.
Experienced players will sail through the room when all the pieces line up and fall into place, Newbies will enjoy the challenge.

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen

Game Host:
Argh, I didn’t get our Game Host’s name, She was the owner of Logiclock and gave us a lovely warm welcome (at 10am on a Saturday I wasn’t very awake) briefed us with finesse and ran our game really well!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 45 minutes!

Website: http://logiclock.co.uk
Price:
3 Players £54
4 Players £68
5 Players £80

Logiclock – Pirates in Nottingham

Logiclock – Pirates in Nottingham. Game Date 31/03/2017

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Theme:
“There has been a secret pirate house discovered in the heart of Nottingham which is full of treasures. Many people have tried to acquire the treasures, however the pirates have always caught them during the mischief and threw them into prison. Up until now, no one has left the pirate shelter alive. The time has come for anyone to outsmart the pirates’s leery mentality. What do you need in order to find the final key to escape? Common sense, communication and teamwork.”

Theming in the room was good, with all the stereotypes you’d come to expect from a pirate room. The decoration was very nice and fitting, although I felt there was a bit too much “stuff”… I understand that a pirate lair would have lots of stuff, so from a visual pov this was lovely, but in the realm of an escape room, this can be off-putting when searching for things and deciphering vital information and it takes up time when looking for what to use. The room used smell very successfully, the room smelled “piratey” – now exactly what that was I can’t put my finger on, but it was a wonderful touch!

Game Play:
A very classic escape room, with lots of locks to bust open, a good variety of puzzles, including a massive maths puzzle that got us a bit stuck, but all the other puzzles were slick and logical, and mainly on theme. Covering all bases from observation, to word, to code breaking, map reading and lots of searching.
The room had a lovely flow and we didn’t find any logic leaps in the puzzles.
A great room for beginners and families (I can imagine kids LOVING this room) more experienced players will have fun, but may want to take a smaller team to make sure they have to work a little harder!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen

Game Host:
Adam was our game host, and delivered an excellent well rehearsed brief and was very friendly and professional. He ran our game well and delivered clues with excellent timing.

Did we escape?
Yes! In 54 minutes, bloody maths.

Website: http://logiclock.co.uk
Price:
3 Players £54
4 Players £68
5 Players £80

Escapologic – Heistakes

Escapologic – Heiststakes. Game Date 31/03/2017

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Well, it’s come to this… my 100th escape room, and I was so excited to be sharing it with the amazing staff at Escapologic playing their newest room Heistakes! Everyone who knows me will know how much I rave about Escapologic’s rooms!
So, onto the room and we’ll save the surprises for later!

Theme:
“After a daring bank heist goes incredibly wrong, can you finish the job?

Five very different criminals were brought together to accomplish the impossible, break into the high security vault underneath Scelus Bank and steal whatever is inside. The operation did not go according to plan and the five have found themselves in police custody, on the run or even worse, dead!

Were they set up by the mysterious leader known as Xander and if so, to what end?

Now is your chance to assemble a crack team of your fellow criminals and take on the most heart stopping heist in history. Will you crack under the intense pressure or will you escape before the police turn up? Heistakes is our seventh room here at Escapologic Nottingham. Using an actual vault as the setting makes Heistakes one of the most realistic and immersive heist themed rooms in the country.

With the help of two anonymous hackers your task is to finish the job before the authorities return, the clock is ticking and you’re running out of time!”

Another room from Escapologic where theming was spot on! The initial impression was gritty, and WOW, with something I’ve never seen in an Escape room before (I am NOT going to put any spoilers as the best thing about Escapologic is the surprise and ingenuity within the room, and to say what was in the room would utterly ruin that!)
Once in the vault, the theming was even better with stark white clinical walls, such a contrast to all the other rooms! The finish was impeccable as normal, an the immersion was second to none, it’s so easy to get lost in another world and become the character within the story you’re experiencing in Heistakes, you really become invested in the story! The use of technology and soundtrack upped the immersion and at time pressure within the room.

Game Play:
Heistakes takes you on a journey of exploration, no ordinary escape room, it’s more of an immersive escape adventure where you have to do things that you would actually have to do in the real world if you were in situ. The puzzles definitely follow a linear storyline, and require more of a physical touch and critical thinking (especially outside the box)
Every single task was in theme, exciting and encouraged exploration.
The tasks are a lot of fun, and do require a lot of team work and communication. It’s difficult to outline all of the styles of task as they don’t follow any set rules of escape rooms, so to describe any tasks would again, be considered spoilers!
A great room for experienced players (I would say a team of 4) & New players alike. You can’t help but love the immersion and loose yourself in this game!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a hacker on the bank vault’s computer

Game Host:
Kynam Was our game host and he was great, delivering our brief with gusto and charm, he also gave us so much help within our game!

Did we escape?
No! Can you believe it, we got stuck on one very tricky part of the game… well, it happens but it really didn’t matter, I enjoyed the game and even though we failed, it was totally a fair loss, the room truly beat us!

Website: http://www.escapologic.com
Price:
Off Peak Prices
2 People – £ 40.00 (£ 20.00 pp)
3 People – £ 57.00 (£ 19.00 pp)
4 People – £ 70.00 (£ 17.50 pp)
5 People – £ 80.00 (£ 16.00 pp)
Monday – Thursday
11:30 – 19:00

Peak Prices
2 People – £ 50.00 (£ 25.00 pp)
3 People – £ 69.00 (£ 23.00 pp)
4 People – £ 84.00 (£ 21.00 pp)
5 People – £ 100.00 (£ 20.00 pp)
Friday, Saturday
10:00 – 20:30
Sunday
11:30 – 19:00

So… you will have noticed up top that I was celebrating my 100th escape playing Heistakes, and boy did I get a surprise WITHIN the room there were 3 MASSIVE balloons spelling out 100! and when we came out the room, Simon was waiting with Sera (who is an escape room goddess with over 300 rooms under her belt) to celebrate my 100th with a massive Millie’s cookie, a trophy and a certificate…

I was so overwhelmed, honoured and surprised… I very nearly cried! It was such a special and unexpected surprise and a moment I will remember for a long time! Thank you again 🙂