No Exit – The Tomb of The Pharoah

No Exit – The Tomb of The Pharoah
Location: Bolton
Game Date: 30/04/2018
Team: Amy, Toby & Pris

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Theme:
“Cairo! Home of the ancient pyramids! Whilst exploring you become trapped in a lost tomb. With no modern technology and no way out, you and your team must solve the ancient codes and puzzles in order to escape. You have 60 minutes…. or be entombed forever!”

The room was decorated quite simply, with wallpaper and props giving the feeling of an Egyptian Tomb, but not the immersion. Very much a puzzle room decorated within the parameters of a theme.
A good soundtrack was used, which was a nice touch.
The space was large enough for 5 people and very well lit.

Game Play:
A linear game that compromised of physical/skill, logic, decoding, codebreaking, & searching.
To my chagrin, the room started off as very much a “put something in something room” but it soon developed into a more puzzley affair which eased my woes!
Puzzles were on theme, and executed well but at times there were a couple of logic leaps that needed to be bridged before making progress in the room. There was a smattering of ah-ha moments through the room, but they didn’t come thick and fast and the reward wasn’t always there as the ambiguity in the early stages of the room led to an uncertainty later on in the game.
The flow was ok, with it being a bit burst and stop… we’d have a flurry of activity and then hit a wall and be stumped and stalled for a while and repeated that pattern throughout.
Signposting was minimal, but it was there to be seen where needed.
No Exit describe this as their “beginner” room… I don’t see where one can put this as a beginner room… it wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t a room that is designed to teach people how to play an escape room either. Although granted it’s not a room that will put people off playing another escape room and I enjoyed my time playing the game, I can imagine beginners being perplexed when put into this room as their first ever escape!

Clue System:
Clues weere delivered via a screen

Game Host:
I didn’t get out game host’s name, but he was friendly, and delivered a good brief with gentle nudges through the game and lots of encouragement when we solved puzzles!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 40 mins!

Website: https://noexitrooms.co.uk/
Price:
Off Peak
2 Players £36
3 Players £48
4 Players £60
5 Players £65

Peak
2 Players £42
3 Players £54
4 Players £68
5 Players £80

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