Lucardo Manchester: Gem Runner

By | March 20, 2019

by Lucardo Manchester (website)

Virginia House, 5-7 Great Ancoats Street, M4 5AD

Manchester

2-6 players

60 minutes

Wheelchair suitable - contact the venue for details
The famous 190 carat Saratov diamond from Russia is being deposited at the central bank in Manchester. Lucardo has hacked the security system, buying your team a one hour window to steal the diamond. Can your team pull off Manchester's biggest ever heist?
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 22 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

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Player reviews

MerseyMarauders rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 3 Oct 2020 Team size: 3

Clearly one of Lucardos older rooms - Still enjoyed the game and the few surprises along the way. 

flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Worth a play but not one of their best. 

Exotic Turtle experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 18 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 18 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 40 Outcome: Successful escape!
LoftusLady rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 17 Jan 2022 Team size: 6 Time taken: 52 Outcome: Successful escape!
clevergreat hosting
Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
unoriginal
Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 21 Apr 2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 42:28 Outcome: Successful escape!
Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 06/08/17
matt_keds experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 20 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostinguninspired

#19

The final of 3 games we played in a day at Lucardo, and easily the poorest. The set was a bit lacklustre, and uninspired puzzles, loads of padlocks and a disappointing/stressful finale puts this room towards the bottom of our rankings so far. It didn’t help that it as just an office building with windows to the outside world that broke the immersion. Try UoM or The Orphanage instead as they are both great.

Alice Lucy rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 22 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A fun-filled adventure, packed full of puzzles and searching that kept the pair of us occupied for almost 40 minutes with barely a pause for breath. This isn't high brow escaping with complicated puzzles, amazing backdrop or deep narrative. This is easy-access with puzzles that aren't too daunting, a set that more than does its job and a flow that kept the adrenaline high right to the very end.
Gem Runner is heavy on the ‘traditional’ escape room puzzles, with plenty of padlocks, codes, and searching and is not a tech heavy room. I could easily see this being a favourite with family groups, or even two person enthusiast groups like us.

A well-themed room with a lot of varied and challenging puzzles. There were plenty of padlocks, but there were also plenty of clever subversions that meant that we were constantly being pushed to try things in a different way.

We enjoyed Gem Runner in Manchester, and we had the same feeling in Rawtenstall. A fun game that will remind you of all the things you first loved about escape rooms.
A well executed room with great hosting and some unique puzzles. We had great fun in this room and think it has something for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

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