Lucardo Manchester

By | March 20, 2019

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Lucardo have branches in Manchester and Rawtenstall. They offer 9 games, 6 of which are available at Manchester.

Games in Manchester by Lucardo Manchester

Virginia House, 5-7 Great Ancoats Street, M4 5AD
Rated between 35 and 40 out of 5 The Dreamclosed

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PurpleB experienced reviewed University of Magic: The Entrance Exam by Lucardo Manchester:

A great set and some interesting well-themed puzzles.  The game was let down a bit by the last puzzle though, which was lacking proper constraints and required you to make assumptions which didn't fit with the story.

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
PurpleB experienced reviewed Espionage by Lucardo Manchester:

A decent room but a couple of puzzles had multiple interpretations which isn't itself a problem but, when coupled with no indication of which puzzle belongs to which lock, leaves you having to try so many different combinations it becomes a bit tedious.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
imrahil experienced rated Espionage by Lucardo Manchester: Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed University of Magic: The Entrance Exam by Lucardo Manchester:

Sorcery on a Sunday!

I came here for my final (at least for now) Lucardo challenge with a few friends.

Story

Secure your place at the University of Magic by finding a wand and mixing a potion.

Puzzles

There were some truly unique, ‘magical’ tasks closely related to the theme/story. We required two or three hints, but none of them were overly complicated. The previous group had written the answer to the penultimate puzzle down, and this wasn’t rubbed off prior to us going in. While we still effectively solved it, the information we shouldn’t have had made it obvious we were doing it correctly. Since the answer didn’t become accessible until right near the end, it wasn’t too big a deal.

Mise-en-scène

A quirky, close-packed room that utilised every inch of available space for brooms, wands, quills, creatures and potions. I identified a fair few of Poundland’s Halloween wares as props, but if you don’t know, some of them do look authentic. There was one item that struck me as impressively Harry Potter-esque, but not quite as interactive as it perhaps should have been. As a whole, the room did feel part of an immersive, wizarding world.

Final Comments

An impersonal brief was saved by another bouncy Game Operator who welcomed us into the room in-character. I wouldn’t take more than 4 people, or else you’ll be struggling for puzzles to solve.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed The Prison by Lucardo Manchester:

Fugitives!

I was excited to try Lucardo's newest room. In our brief, we were advised that there would only be one code to solve, and all the other puzzles would be hands-on...interesting!

Story

As convicted criminals, your fellow inmates are staging a riot, giving you one precious hour to escape. A common storyline, but executed brilliantly. Wait to see how it unfolds during your endeavours!

Puzzles

They were all practical, encouraging us to think like prisoners, utilising whatever tools were at our disposal. We struggled with a couple of them: without locks to work out codes for, sometimes it was tricky to ascertain what to do next. This kept us guessing and thinking creatively, though!

Mise-en-scène

The journey was impressively portrayed as a real prison-break through the equipment, clothing, props and decor. It was delivered like a piece of immersive theatre. Very, very good!

Final Comments

This was a funny, inventive and engaging room. Highly recommended!

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Gem Runner by Lucardo Manchester:

Bank Burglary

As I’d enjoyed my previous visits to Lucardo, it was soon time for another!

Story

Steal a big shiny diamond from a bank. Heists may be like the most common escape room scenario ever, but hey, some have got to be them!

Puzzles

There were many visuals, and lots of things to be implemented. We all really liked one of the last tasks…just like a calculated criminal, be mindful of what could be of use around you!

Mise-en-scène

The big counter almost entirely contributed to making the surroundings feel like the inside of a bank. The other furniture and props were good and right, though.

Final Comments

Escaping with three seconds to spare meant for a very stressful final challenge, but we made it! A team of three to four is ideal for this one.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Espionage by Lucardo Manchester:

Over Enemy Lines

Another wartime operation, and my third visit to Lucardo.

Story

Infiltrate an enemy bunker to retrieve classified documents stolen from The War Office, but get the job done before the guards change.

Puzzles

They maintained a connection to the theme of the room throughout and ranged from child’s play to one that was fiendishly difficult without the help of a hint!

Mise-en-scène

Decent props, mundane surroundings. A bit of camo netting wasn’t enough to sell me WW2 bunker realness.

Final Comments

One of Lucardo’s weaker rooms. It’s generic and unremarkable, but we still had a good time. Our group didn’t pay as much as this on our visit, but is it worth the current price tag of £25.00 per person? Absolutely not.

Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed The Dream by Lucardo Manchester:

Speedy Sleepy Sleuthing

I slipped in a visit to The Dream as, because it was closing, a 20% discount code was being offered.

Story

Get out of your dream with four winning lottery numbers before they're gone forever. And there was something about everything not being as it seems. Weird, but not in a bad way!

Puzzles

There was so much to do with just a team of two. A few we nailed with ease, but others took a lot more thinking (and the odd hint). I was grateful for my friend getting her head around the last one, because I struggled. A lot of visual-based puzzles in this room.

Mise-en-scène

Perplexing. Strange. Alice-in-Wonderland-esque. This was a very peculiar dream, one inspired by rubber ducks, upside down furniture, Simon Says and balls. Lots of balls. I didn't hate it, though!

Final Comments

The most stressful escape for me, ever! When I jumped out of the room, I accidentally left my friend behind in The Dream...whoops.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5

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