About

Escape The Review is an escape room directory and rating site, for escape rooms in the U.K. and beyond.

Escape games vary hugely and every player has different tastes, but some games get much better feedback than others. We aim to bring together ratings and reviews from enthusiasts and bloggers to give you as much useful information as possible to help you find amazing escape rooms.

This site started as a personal review blog and we continue to post game reviews, but the game rankings on this site are aggregated across ratings from all sources, weighted by the experience of the reviewer.

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How the ratings work

Firstly, all ratings are intended for people who play a lot of escape rooms. If you’ve never played one before, then you’ll very likely love even one of the ones we’ve given a low rating. Let me emphasise that:

On TripAdvisor or other review sites aimed at the general public, almost every single room reviewed here deserves a 5* review. But a long list of 5* ratings isn’t useful, so our rating scale is deliberately harsher.

Secondly, a simple average of the ratings given to a room can be misleading – there’s a huge difference between a room that most people think is average, and one that some love and some hate. Therefore we display a range of ratings. For example, rating_25_40 means that most ratings of the game were between 2.5 / 5 and 4 / 5.

As a rough guide to interpreting the ratings:

  • rating_10_10 Badly flawed, not recommended
  • rating_20_20 Disappointing, maybe still fun but let down by some elements
  • rating_30_30 Good, definitely worth visiting
  • rating_40_40 Outstanding, highly recommended
  • rating_50_50 A truly exceptional room – go if you possibly can!

How do you combine ratings from different users?

Broadly, the site takes all the ratings for a game, excludes the most extreme ratings, then takes a weighted average of the score.

Ratings from logged in users are weighted more heavily than ratings from users who aren’t logged in; and ratings are weighted more heavily for users who’ve played a larger number of games.

The site also adjusts the final scores according to how many ratings the game has – which is why a game with a one or two maximum ratings doesn’t immediately jump to the top of the ranking. (This is why the ranking list may look as if it’s a bit out of order – some games with higher ratings may appear lower down, because the confidence level is lower.)

Why do these games have ratings in grey? 

When a game has a grey rating, like Rated between 35 and 45 out of 5, it means that it’s using ratings from other copies of the same game. Where a game exists in multiple locations or formats, the ratings from one instance are useful information but not as reliable as ratings for the game itself – so the rating appears in grey as a warning that the ratings may be less applicable than normal.

Once the game has enough direct ratings, it switches to using only those and the rating appears normally.