Escape Sheffield – Espionage. Game Date 18/11/2017. Team: Amy & Ian
“It’s a conspiracy!
The hood comes off and you find yourself in a journalists office with no exit, who put you here and why?
Unravel the secrets of the room and escape.”
The hood comes off indeed, we were blindfolded before entering the room, to which the American anthem was playing, and we were told we couldn’t take them off until it had finished. I never knew the American Anthem was so long, luckily it didn’t cut into our game play time as the timer didn’t start until the music had finished.
We whipped our blindfolds off to see a very nicely decorated office room, with just enough decor to make it individual but not so much to create any red herrings or information overload (Which could have been easy to do given the conspiracy theme)
Escape Sheffield keep this as a maximum of 3 and I can understand why, it’s not a big room by any means, maybe as big as your average living room, placing 5 players in here would have been incredibly cramped and unenjoyable. A good decision!
The room was fairly immersive, yet still kept a fun element of “game” which added to the mystery of the room.
A linear game if ever there was one! With emphasis on logic & code breaking, all quite standard escape room puzzles, executed wonderfully.
The logic in the room was excellent, and only served to make this a room that we just flew, it was so cohesive and concise that we knew each time we had an answer that we were right, ambiguity was never a concern, answers were solid and ah-ha moments came thick and fast.
There were 2 standout moments in the game, not necessarily in the puzzle design, but in the results! Without giving spoilers, they were 2 reveals that left both Ian and I happy as it’s something we didn’t expect!
The flow of the room was close to perfection, with there being no qualms about the results of puzzles the room ended up being a joy to solve.
A perfect beginner room, I would be happy to recommend this to a team who had never done and escape room before. Enthusiasts, it is enjoyable but be aware that its sound logic and superb flow may make for a speedy escape!
Clues were delivered via a Screen
George was our game host was lovely and chatty (we even ended up chatting about non escape room stuff, can you believe it!) His brief was good & he ran our game well, delivering 1 tiny nudge with perfect timing!
Did we escape?
Yes, in 29 minutes!
Escape Sheffield run a flat price per person:
Adults – £20
Under 16s – £15