London, Nov 2016
This was my first Escape London room and while I found it enjoyable overall, there was nothing that genuinely stood out or got me particularly excited.
It is a very linear room and therefore best suited for smaller teams. As with most first-generation rooms, there is heavy reliance on padlocks, especially in the second half. The decor was fine, veering towards bare in the main room.
Overall, this is a solid room with a variety of puzzles and one or two nice touches. I suspect beginners will find it more interesting than more experienced enthusiasts.
Playing on a separate occasion, I’d agree with those comments, although I’d add in a note of appreciation for the game having more than one room, good puzzle variety, skilful and entertaining hosts, and a refreshing lack of frustration points – generally whenever you’ve solved a puzzle, it’s clear that you’ve done so.
Compared to the Casino room I did at the same venue immediately beforehand, the game structure is more linear and the content somewhat easier. Experienced teams will find it easy – we got out in 34 minutes despite spending 5-10 of those stuck due to making a silly mistake. So this is more recommended for beginners, who will find it more of a challenge and to whom the puzzles are more likely to seem creative and surprising.
There’s not a whole lot here that’s particularly special or stand-out if you’ve played a lot of rooms; but it’s nicely done and I’d be confident that teams playing it will have a great time.