The Panic Room – Million Dollar Date Night

The Panic Room – Million Dollar Date Night. Game Date 23/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“Escape room meets game show, our 2 player only experience is set to be one of our most ridiculous yet. A wall of crazy puzzles in front of you and 60 minutes on the clock it’s a true test for those wanting a challenge or just a fun crazy challenge! Each puzzle gets you poker chips, each poker chip gets you money.

But…against the clock, can you win big or walk away empty handed? Find out on your episode of Million Dollar Date Night!”

So, a wall of crazy puzzles it says in the info… and boy does it deliver. It is literally a wall, in a brightly lit, manically decorated room of locked boxes. Garish and glitzy, just like Saturday night TV! The soundtrack adds to the excitement! I certainly is totally different from the normal story driven rooms at The Panic Room. It’s ALL about the puzzles and poker chips!

Game Play:
MDDN is strictly a 2 player game, a test of skill, and puzzle solving prowess.
Time is not a factor in MDDN, the aim is so solve as many puzzles as humanely possibly in 60 minutes.
HOLY MOLY I have never seen such an array of puzzles, If I listed them here we’d be forever, let’s just say that if you can think of a puzzle type, it was in there!
Amazing.
The game was utterly open, which was fantastic as if you get stuck on a puzzle you can put it down for a bit and then swop, or come back to it later.
We bounced around the wall for the entire hour, not once did we stop for the entire hour, we were solving puzzles until 4 seconds before the clock stopped! WOW. WOW. WOW. (For someone who values puzzles so much in escape rooms, this room was heaven to me!)
So an unusual game, with no flow to speak of due to its nature, but there were still moments where puzzles led to others and in these moments the flow was excellent!
Wacky, zany, unadulterated fun!

Clue System:
Clues, if you choose to ASK for one (and loose money in the process) were delivered on screen (we did not ask for any, competitive much?!)

Game Host:
Our game host went by the Moniker “Bountiful Baps!” She was fun, super friendly and got right into the spirit of MDDN!

Did we escape?
Well, escaping isn’t the goal, but we did win £1.5 MILLION! Earning us 2nd place on the leader board (behind the inimitable team of Sera & Sharan… S2)

Website: http://www.thepanicroom.net
Price:
2 Players £40

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The Panic Room – The Dollhouse

The Panic Room – The Dollhouse. Game Date 23/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“You and your friends wake up inside a gloomy and grim basement. You have been chosen as the next victims of a deranged killer with an obsession for dolls and mannequins known for stripping the flesh off of his victims and much worse.

A grim and haunting tale with many twists and turns to get your heart racing, blood curdling and adrenaline pumping.

His collection grows day by day and night by night, will be become his latest victims? Can you find a way out where so many have failed before you?

This is an escape room you really will want to get out of!”

The Dollhouse was super creepy, dilapidated and slightly clinical, for experiments clearly. Incredibly immersive and very well done, again the utmost care has been taken to ensure immersion without red herrings or too much clutter.
If you are scared of dolls, The Dollhouse will surely creep you out immensely, but there is a twisted sense of humour behind the decoration that any horror fan will love. The space is large, and moments of the game do take place within total darkness. But it is certainly not the entire game.

Game Play:
A game that is fairly linear, with open elements and puzzles not critical to success (A very interesting choice!) Although we may have happened across one answer to a puzzle through a combination of luck, and previous visits (I am being deliberately vague as I do not want to post spoilers!)
The puzzles were excellent, logical and contained logic, codebreaking, physical, vocal, audio, observation word. A real selection box of puzzles wrapped up in a brilliant story.
The flow was superb, and the difficulty level was pitched just right with the creepy factor! The ah-ha moments came easily, sometimes with a little nudge, but there were no logic leaps, everything made perfect sense!
A brilliant game that will keep enthusiasts on their toes but may flummox complete newbies, maybe take a big team as there is safety in numbers…

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen and voice over

Game Host:
Alex was our Game Host and did a tremendous job! He was friendly but had an edge which worked incredibly well with the room, he delivered clues with expertise, nudging us in the right direction to keep us up to speed.

Did we escape?
Yes, in 51 minutes!

Website:
Price: https://www.thepanicroom.net/
2 Players £40
3 Players £57
4 Players £70
5 Players £80
6 Players £87.50
7 Players £95
8 Players £100

Escape Kent – Pirates of the Stormy Seas

Escape Kent – Pirates of the Stormy Seas. Game Date 23/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“The night is almost over and the stormy seas are calming after the battle between you and your rival pirates. You and your crew have have successfully defeated them and now there is just one thing left to do – climb aboard the famous ship known as “The Dark Soul” and find the only piece of treasure every pirate wants, ‘The Black Diamond’. Whoever is in possession of this rare, infamous diamond will have more wealth and power than they could ever imagine! But a problem lies in your way. Throughout the battle the ship became damaged and is sinking fast. You now have just one hour to find the diamond and get back to your ship before the ocean claims you and what will be known as its wealthiest shipwreck. Will you become the most powerful pirate known to man, or will you be spending eternity down in Davy Jones locker?”

This room! Wow. We were suitably impressed, this is the first time we have seen a pirate ship truly split over 2 decks… y’know the type with the wheel above the Captain’s cabin… this is a truly impressive room and beautifully crafted, with excellent attention to detail and immersion. A large room, which is quite physical due to the 2 decks! Bravo!

Game Play:
A fairly linear game, with a whole wealth of puzzles, word, logic, observation, codebreaking & physical.
With every puzzle being perfectly logical, with great ah-ha moments leading to solid conclusions. With a lovely mix of padlocks and technology, but nothing that was out of themes.
This room didn’t suffer from the same fate as Kidnapped as the starting point was blatantly clear, which lead to a wonderful flow in the room, and we didn’t feel slowed or stuck on anything, and it was always obvious what answer lead to which padlock. Excellent game design.
On a personal note, it was like this room was built for Ian and I. We have never been so at ease in a room in regards to puzzles… answers came instantly and not a single clue was given or needed. I enjoyed the puzzles a lot in this room!
This would be a great room for first timers, enthusiasts may find it a little on the easy side but will certainly appreciate the work gone into creating the room.

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen

Game Host:
Chris was our Game Host and also the Owner of Escape Kent, his passion for escape rooms is obvious, and he ran our game well and was friendly & hospitable.

Did we escape?
Yes, in 33 minutes

Website: https://www.escapekent.com
Price:
2 Players £50
3 Players £69
4 Players £84
5 Players £95
6 Players £105
7 Players £112
8 Players £112

Escape Kent – Kidnapped

Escape Kent – Kidnapped. Game Date 23/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“After years of hard saving you have finally made your dream come true, to be able to travel throughout the USA, but little do you know where this trip will take you. Midway through your travels you find yourself in the grasps of one of Texas’s most renowned serial killers and cannibal, ‘The Butcher’. No one knows who he is, only that he leaves little left of his victims after he has satisfied his appetite for human meat. You find yourself locked in a dark, dank basement with no recollection of what’s happened, all you know is that you need to escape alive, or risk succumbing to the disturbing appetite of the man who had kidnapped you, The Butcher.”

The theming was suitably dilapidated and grimy, creating a good sense of immersion. The atmosphere was creepy, but not scary or intimidating. Escape Kent have struck a good balance of creepy vs theming.
There is a lot of attention to detail and stuff to look at in this room, be careful this doesn’t create unintentional red herrings when you play!
The room was large and could easily accommodate the maximum group size of 8.

Game Play:
The game was open, with lots to be getting on with at the same time, a good game with lots of different puzzle types, physical, maths, logic, observation. Leaning a little bit towards observation.
The puzzles were all perfectly solvable with no clues (we took 1 tiny sound hint to nudge us in the right direction, it was very subtle and well done)
All the puzzles had great ah-ha moments, and were suitably on theme for the game.
The flow was good, once we got going…
This room lacked a specific “jump off” point to start the game.. I could see this being a problem for bigger groups as some quite keen observation was needed to get going and it could easily be missed! Once we got going the room flowed very well, and we found no other snags or obstacles within the flow of the game.
A good room for players from all ends of the spectrum, enthusiasts will certainly enjoy the unique ending!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen, and through audio cues.

Game Host:
Chris was our Game Host and also the Owner of Escape Kent, his passion for escape rooms is obvious, and he ran our game well and was friendly & hospitable.

Did we escape?
Yes, in 43 minutes

Website: https://www.escapekent.com
Price:
2 Players £50
3 Players £69
4 Players £84
5 Players £95
6 Players £105
7 Players £112
8 Players £112

The Panic Room – The Panic Room (Room 150!)

The Panic Room – The Panic Room. Game Date 22/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“The Panic Room is the latest version of our original hit room that started it all! You are a team of investigators sent to a crazed conspiracy theorists mansion where he has been found dead. He found out something he shouldn’t have and clearly someone wanted to cover it up and hide it. In the murderers haste he couldn’t find the classified documents.

It is now your job to solve the trail of puzzles, challenges and riddles left by the conspiracy theorist. You must find the files, the exit code and escape before the 60 minutes is up. Get caught at the mansion and the murder is sure to be blamed on you.

Just remember…Don’t Panic!”

Theming was excellent, immersive and finished to a high standard, whilst not flashy or lavish, it gave the perfect impression of a conspiracy theorist’s mansion.
The setting was not at all cluttered (this is what I LOVE about The Panic Room, they put in enough to create an immersive environment, but never too much to confuse or create red herrings. The room design is incredibly well thought out)
The room is large, airy and well lit, and contains many surprises! A wonderfully done room, that creates another immersive world to spend an hour in!

Game Play:
This room is all about the game play, with it being the original Panic Room, the game has been tweaked and perfected to its current state, and WHAT a game. Superb puzzles that consisted of multi-part meta puzzles, logic, word, searching, audio, visual, code-breaking & physical… all driven by a clear story line. Just perfection.
The game was fairly linear, but there is plenty to do, and most of the puzzles required both Ian and myself to solve so bigger groups will not be left on the side lines when puzzle solving!
Each and every puzzle was excellent, with brilliant ah-ha moments and clear, concise logic. The puzzles just shone in this room, and each one was in theme with the story and theming of the room.
The flow was again, near perfection. We did not stop, and the pacing got more and more exciting throughout the game, to give an excellent conclusion to a puzzle led, yet story driven hour. I can’t praise the game play of this room enough!
Enthusiasts, this is a must to see the craft of the puzzle flow in this room! Newbies, I would recommend this as a follow up to The Don! Get a few rooms under your belt first to help with the amount there is to do! There are LOTS of puzzles in The Panic Room!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen

Game Host:
Cameron again was our game host and delivered a perfect brief and clued us with expertise.

Did we escape?
Yes, in 56 minutes

Website:
Price: https://www.thepanicroom.net/
2 Players £40
3 Players £57
4 Players £70
5 Players £80
6 Players £87.50
7 Players £95
8 Players £100

So, this also happened to be room number 150 for me! I was spoiled ROTTEN by Alex & Monique at The Panic Room, they got us an amazing trophy:
20993001_10155574470851838_773500701078138846_nAnd, as it was my birthday the day after, we had CAKE TOO!! Which I think I’ll be working my way through for a while, it was HUGE!
20954004_10155571560881838_7159411520882309672_n.jpgI would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to Alex, Monique and the entire team at The Panic Room for making my 150th Room, and my Birthday very, very special!

The Panic Room – Old Father Time

The Panic Room – Old Father Time. Game Date 22/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“It’s new year’s eve and Old Father Time has gone missing. Without him there the clocks won’t reset at midnight and time itself will stop completely. You must work together to find out where he went, restore time and reset the clocks so that time may continue on.

Explore his beautiful tree cabin and discover the secrets inside. An awesome fairy tale escape room where time is more important than ever!

Perfect adults and kids alike, we allow 8 years plus in this room. Don’t let the beautiful scenery fool you, tricky challenges and puzzles lie ahead but surely you can save the day!”

What can I say about this room except…. It’s so. damn. pretty. A true fairytale come to life, with nothing left unnoticed, every inch of this room is decorated to perfection, all handcrafted wood and fairytale trees, woodland creatures and hidden nooks and crannies to explore. One area where The Panic Room excels is its padlocks, they source the most beautiful, ornate padlocks that compliment the room perfectly. It’s just picturesque, and wouldn’t look out of place in Fantasyland.
The room is of a good size, but there is an element of crawling throughout the game. I can imagine kids LOVING this room! There are magical touches all about the room (Which I am adamant NOT to spoil!!)

Game Play:
A beautifully linear game told in a unique way (again, no spoilers sorry!) but this method gives a clear indication as to how far along in the game you are, and whilst there are some open elements, the main story driven part of the game is linear (and the story is the most important factor in this game)
The puzzles were varied and contained logic, to music, to observation and searching. No leaps of logic in this room, it’s perfectly pitched to families.
Each puzzle had a lovely ah-ha moment and the flow was sublime, with each puzzle solving leading on to the next with ease, and we only got stuck when it was our fault and we missed something (we did have a little problem with a bit of tech BUT this was down to my incapacity to work it properly!)
This room is perfect for families, as a first escape room for children. Yet enthusiasts will appreciate it’s theming and puzzles (which are all perfectly on theme) It’s a must do!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen (and another secret method! NO SPOILERS!)

Game Host:
Lizzie was our game host and she delivered a great brief, and delivered our clues well (although I think Alex, the owner of the Panic Rooms had a hand in a few of the clues 😉 )
She was gracious, funny and personable, another credit to the Panic Room Staff!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 43 minutes, which earned us a place on the leader board!

Website:
Price: https://www.thepanicroom.net/
2 Players £40
3 Players £57
4 Players £70
5 Players £80
6 Players £87.50
7 Players £95
8 Players £100

The Panic Room – Defective Detective

The Panic Room – Defective Detective. Game Date 22/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“There has been a murder! However a bumbling detective has come to the completely wrong conclusion.Time to undo his work and fix the ridiculous trail of mistakes he left behind and hopefully find out who the real killer was before he hands in his case at Police HQ.

Quite possibly one of the most ridiculous investigations you might find yourself on, expect lots of laughs and surprises along the way! This is one you really won’t want to miss!”

Wow! Defective Detective’s theming starts from before you get into the actual escape room. An incredibly immersive set that could well have been an ACTUAL apartment, it is big enough, and kitted out fully… and is designed just so that the attention to detail left me thinking that they had just put an escape room into a real flat! (Turns out they hadn’t!) The room is HUGE airy and well lit and would easily fit a large group in there. Excellent design all round, this was almost as immersive as it gets!

Game Play:
The game contained a wealth of wacky, yet totally logical problems present in a “murder mystery” setting. Defective Detective takes well known Murder Mystery escape room tropes, and tweaks them in their own style to give a fanciful comedic take on the genre.
The game used a host of different puzzles, logic, word, observation, codebreaking. The aha moments came thick and fast down to the flawless nature of the flow of the room. There were no weak spots in flow, or leaps of logic, and for a room that’s only been open a little over the week at time of writing that is a wonderful thing!
Each and every puzzle was enjoyable, and the plot running throughout is silly, jovial and doesn’t take itself seriously, and this is reflected in the puzzles…
I won’t spoil the ending, but I’ll just say…. It’s BRILLIANT!
A great game is just to be enjoyed, enthusiasts will get a kick out of the subversion of the genre whilst newbies will just enjoy the whole thing!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via walkie talkie, and a special detective mobile phone! This just added to the immersion

Game Host:
Shereen and Luke were our game hosts, and were just fantastic, prompting us when needed and always there to report back on any intel and ifor we found in our detectiving. (That is a word, I made up…)
They were both so friendly and passionate about their jobs! The Panic Room has a fabulous raft of game hosts!

Did we escape?
Yes! in 48 minutes!

Website:
Price: https://www.thepanicroom.net/
2 Players £40
3 Players £57
4 Players £70
5 Players £80
6 Players £87.50
7 Players £95
8 Players £100

The Escapement – Egyptian Exodus

The Escapement – Egyptian Exodus. Game Date 22/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“You are archaeologists, excavating the lost tomb of Ramsess iii, so far, all of those who have entered the tomb have not returned. The tomb is guarded heavily by Anubis, God of the underworld.

Grave diggers and previous archaeologist have been rampageous in their efforts to discover the lost tomb, the whole crypt is in diss aray.

Do everything you can to help Anubis and please the gods. But be careful, we know that Anubis is easily angered.

Your mission is to find and restore the missing canopic jars and allow the pharaoh to pass safely into the afterlife in order to make your escape.”

SAND! TOMBSTONES! HEIROGLYPHS! Wow, again, we were wowed by the immersion and set design in this large and airy room. The skill and passion that has gone into this game is clear from the moment you set eyes on the outside of the room, let alone this inside! It really is incredibly pretty, and just the right detail level to give immersion but not create ANY red herrings. A really cleverly decorated room, and just gorgeous!

Game Play:
This game is a brain scratcher for sure, a fairly open game which uses a raft of puzzles to engage sight, sound, smell.
Using logic, codebreaking, searching (in a unique way) and manual/physical tasks, this room is incredibly engaging and what starts off as a fairly barren looking room so opens up to reveal its secret, puzzles and tricks.
The flow was good in the main part, there were a few moments where we were a little bit lost, but some critical thinking got us back on track.
The puzzles are in the main incredibly logical, although with a couple you do have to work hard to come to those logical conclusions… the work comes from having to fit 2 or 3 elements of one puzzle together, and you’re very much left along to connect the dots to create the ah-ha moments that are so rewarding once reached.
A fantastic room that delivers some stellar puzzling and completely threw me for a loop as it was quite different to the usual escape room standard!
Enthusiasts, expect the unexpected and work hard, Newbies… take a big team and enjoy the ride!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via voice over!

Game Host:
Mica and Dave were our gamehosts (how lucky were we having 2 hosts!), Misha also is the owner of The Escapement. They were wonderful, only delivering subtle nudges in the right direction when needed, they were so warm, welcoming and willing to chat about all things escape rooms!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 56 minutes!

Website: https://escapementmargate.co.uk/
Price:
2 Players £40
3 Players £55.50
4 Players £74
5 Players £82.50

The Escapement – Pirates of Polaris

The Escapement – Pirates of Polaris. Game Date 22/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“Trapped onboard the ship Polaris, you and your crew of have been thrown in the brig, however, there’s been a mutiny onboard and all remaining crew members have abandoned ship!

Navigate the stars and the seas and figure out how to sail the ship through thunder bolts and lighting back to land!”

Wow. Wow. Wow. This game is gorgeous, the set is repurposed from an original 130 year old ship, this creates a feel and immersion that is hard to beat. The set is authentic, sturdy and executed perfectly, and finished to a very high standard. Some of the spaces are a little small but nothing too cramped or claustrophobic. A true gem on the South Coast, this really pushes the boat out (ahha. Pun.) in terms of attention to detail and quality! Whilst a fairly simple story, this doesn’t compound the immersion, and lets the puzzles shine through

Game Play:
A linear game with a clear end goal that is set out in the briefing. All puzzle bases were covered, including searching, logic, word, directions, physical and excellent array of puzzles.
All puzzles were clearly logical, and solvable with lovely ah-ha moments. There are absolutely no red herrings within the room, with everything you find being used in some way or another to further the gameplay.
The room had a wonderful flow, which never gave us any problems throughout the game, and every answer found and padlock unlocked led us perfectly on to the next puzzle. Wonderful game design.
A great room for enthusiasts (although they may find it plain sailing, as it is very much a classic escape room) and a brilliant room for newbies who will ponder over the puzzles and have a blast doing so!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen, but beware… there’s no alert sound so you have to be on your toes and keep an eye on the screen.

Game Host:
Mica and Dave were our gamehosts (how lucky were we having 2 hosts!), Misha also is the owner of The Escapement. They were wonderful, only delivering subtle nudges in the right direction when needed, they were so warm, welcoming and willing to chat about all things escape rooms!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 41 minutes!

Website: https://escapementmargate.co.uk/
Price:
2 Players £40
3 Players £55.50
4 Players £74
5 Players £82.50

The Panic Room – The Don

The Panic Room – The Don. Game Date 21/08/2017. Team: Amy & Ian

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Theme:
“You will be Infiltrating the den of the notorious mafia boss “Don Romano”, with a vast resume of crimes against him it is finally time to take him down once and for all!

The chancellors daughter has been murdered, she had been seeing Don Romano for the past year and we believe he is the culprit.

No time for a warrant! You and your team will need to break in, turn the place over and gather evidence of all of his crimes. He is an extremely paranoid man who kept everything locked up tight which is why he has evaded prison this long. Gather your team to gather your evidence and escape before he returns or you may end up sleeping with the fishes.”

Theming was great, a cosy living room & office set up, with excellent finish, setting the scene perfectly yet not being overly cluttered or tacky. Good immersion through various storytelling techniques (no spoilers here, but there are some excellent surprises along the way, I really wish I could say, but I wouldn’t want to spoil such a great moment).

The room was spacious, and groups will not feel like they are stepping on each other’s toes, and every piece of furniture/prop was used to its full extent!

Game Play:
A fairly liner, classic escape room. With some of the most beautiful padlocks I’ve ever seen in an escape room!
Excellent puzzles that excelled in their flawless logic. Puzzles leant towards codebreaking and observation (and there was no maths!!) with some audio/visual and hands on puzzles too. Not too much searching, but enough to keep busy
A varied room with each puzzle having a fantastic ah-ha moment. The ah-ha moments kept coming thanks to the games excellent flow, which never faltered in the entirety of our game.
This room would be a perfect introduction to escape rooms, as within 10 minutes a newbie team will be enjoying solving the puzzles, which in their logical nature lead to satisfying results and progression.
Enthusiasts would enjoy this in a smaller group. Newbies, take a 4 or 5. The extra brainpower will come in handy on some of the trickier puzzles!

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen, which was beautifully themed to be a grandfather clock.

Game Host:
Cameron was our Game Host, and was so friendly, personable and enthusiastic (a reoccurring theme for all our Gamehosts across our time at The Panic Room) He delivered our 1 hint with perfect timing, and it was clear he was paying close, close attention to us!

Did we escape?
Yes, in 38 minutes

Website:
Price: https://www.thepanicroom.net/
2 Players £40
3 Players £57
4 Players £70
5 Players £80
6 Players £87.50
7 Players £95
8 Players £100