Lockdown Escape Oldham – The Neglected

Lockdown Escape Oldham – The Neglected. Game Date: 16/01/2018. Team Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“You and a group of friends have been dared to enter a decrepit abandoned orphanage with a deep dark history. Upon entering you discover you have made a fatal mistake and need to escape before the spirits take out their rage on you. With the door somehow locked behind you, can you uncover the truth about this hall of horrors and escape alive? Regardless, you will never be the same again.”

Theming was excellent, suitably creepy and rather dark. It is an abandoned orphanage after all! There were subtle nods and layers of detail that really added to the immersion and tied the theme together. A really intricately detailed room which provides an unnerving yet not outright scary experience.
The room is large and can easily accommodate the max group size, please be aware that this room is dark, you are provided with head torches which worked perfectly for us.

Game Play:
A fairly linear room, with a few open elements. Groups are brought together at key moments in the game by the linear moments but are given plenty to work on independently in the times between.
Puzzles were varied, observation, maths, word, music, logic. So many bases covered which gave some nice ah-ha moments and a lot of fun puzzle solving.
The puzzles were logical, some required some critical thinking but there were no logic leaps.
There is a LOT to do in The Neglected, the puzzles came thick and fast and we didn’t stop for the entire hour, it was a constant whirlwind of puzzle, solve, lock! Which is in no way a bad thing, it made for a very fulfilling game.
The flow was good, the only sticky point were due to our own search and observation failures (typical!) and the puzzles lead easily and slickly onto the next, all the way building to an exciting ending with a twist!
A very good room, and it’s wonderful to see the development from Lockdown’s first game Contagion to The Neglected, and if they keep on in the same direction they can’t go wrong! We’re excited to see the future rooms.
Newbies, I would recommend playing the other rooms at Lockdown first, as The Neglected has a lot of content and some tricky puzzles.
Enthusiasts, take your normal group and enjoy the challenge within the orphanage!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen

Game Host:
Caraline & Darren were our hosts and what wonderful hosts they were, Running our game with perfection, being so hospitable and friendly. We could have stayed and chatted for the whole evening. It lovely to be hosted by people with such a clear passion for escaping!

Did we escape?
Yes, with 33 seconds left. EEK!

Website: https://www.lockdownescape.co.uk/
Price:
2 Players £32
3 Players £42
4 Players £48
5 Players £50

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