Lucardo Manchester: Gem Runner

By | March 20, 2019

by Lucardo Manchester (website)

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


2-6 players

60 minutes

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 35 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 6 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

Player reviews

Scotus0 experienced says:

Bank Burglary

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


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!


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!


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
Juliette B experienced says:

Very fun room, worked well as a 2, no clues required as all was logical and made sense. One particularly nice puzzle in terms of using the environment. 

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
reviewed in Rawtenstall
PurpleB experienced says:

Another good room from Lucardo.  My least favourite of all their rooms but that's just because I enjoyed the others so much.  I wasn't a fan of a couple of the puzzles as I felt there were obvious ways to make them better. But still a lot of fun.

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
reviewed in Rawtenstall
imrahil experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
reviewed in Rawtenstall
oiruc rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
reviewed in Rawtenstall
Allie Abbott rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

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.

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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