Virginia House, 5-7 Great Ancoats Street, M4 5AD
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Played with a friend and her two little ones - and they seemed really to enjoy the game more than us! As an overdoneone theme, we'd love Lucados take on the magic theme.
Great room, our favourite of the 3 we played there. Very well themed and some great puzzles. Recommended if in the area.
Sorcery on a Sunday!
I came here for my final (at least for now) Lucardo challenge with a few friends.
Secure your place at the University of Magic by finding a wand and mixing a potion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really good room by Lucardo. We were hoping to complete this room since we did Dragon's Heart back in 2018.
It really didn't disappoint but we were left a bit lost by the story, we didn't know what the aim of the room was, not sure if we missed it in the introduction video (which had very low volume) so once all the padlocks and doors were opened, we lost a bit of time trying to understand why we were meant to do.
The game master (Emma, I believe) was fantastic. She really is enthusiastic about escape rooms so it made our experience even better as she knew to wait before sending us clues.
Quite fun and magical feeling, and impressed with the props! Slight downside that I feel like some of the puzzles weren't so challenging and leaned slightly too much towards the looking around for things
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Lucardo has built a reputation in the UK for quality games and had long been on my wish list of places I wanted to visit. They entered the online market in mid-2020 with Gemrunner (which I rated highly for its design and the overall experience). I’ve not had the chance to play Safe House as yet so when the opportunity came up to play the University of Magic I immediately signed on. Along with Prisons, pirates and sci-fi, Magic is one of my go-to themes.