Lucardo Manchester: Gem Runner

By | March 20, 2019

by Lucardo Manchester (website)

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


2-6 players

Languages: EN

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 3 and 4 out of 5

based on ratings from 27 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Chris Metcalfe experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyimmersivegreat hostingquite difficult
Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Scotus0 expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 18/12/2018 Team size: 3 Time taken: 59:57 Outcome: Successful escape!

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.

🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 12/07/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 47:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

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. 

matt_keds expert 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


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.

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 06/08/17
StaceyF expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 03/01/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 45:58 Outcome: Successful escape!
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!
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
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!
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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.

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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