Escapologic: Reactorvate

By | March 20, 2019

by Escapologic Leicester (website)

2B St. Martins, LE1 5DB

Leicester

2-5 players

60 minutes

Your Great Uncle was once a leading scientist known for developing state of the art nuclear technology. In central Europe, during the late 1970’s, one of his experimental reactors went into meltdown as soon as it was activated, causing one of the most catastrophic disasters in modern history.
The government blamed him for the event, stating that his reactors were not safe to begin with, he was imprisoned for life and remains locked up to this day.
After receiving a letter from prison you have reason to believe he was framed by a fellow scientist and that the original reactor was tampered with.
Your only option is to break into an abandoned power plant located in rural Russia, find a second inactive reactor and start it up. If it is fully functional then you may just have the evidence to free an innocent man. If your Great Uncle is lying, then you may need to run for your life!
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Overall rating

Rated between 40 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 9 users
combined with 8 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Team Tonks rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 16 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 44.49 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverimmersivequite easy

Easier than Gateway or Chronos, but a really fun and immersive room in its own right with the same level of clever little tricks you'd expect of this company.

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 05/02/18
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 25 Sep 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 47:08 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techimmersivegreat hosting

Great theming and in interesting story.  Despite its age, this room still compares really well to its more modern compatriots.  This room features a lot of physical puzzles but all in keeping with the theming of the room.  

🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Mike S expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Brian experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Escapetopus experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 27/01/2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Played this as a pair which was quite challenging but we managed it! There was one puzzle at the start which felt slightly illogical, but after that the game flow was very effective. The set build is impressive and everything you need to do feels like a feasible step in operating a nuclear reactor rather than a puzzle.

Escapologic is always a great venue to visit with friendly staff and great decor.

Roory experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 05/10/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 38.10 Outcome: Successful escape!
Tim Cooper expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 18.06.2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: Outcome: Successful escape!

Reviews by escape room review sites

Reactorvate eschews the obvious plot for a game set in a nuclear power station in favour of a more complicated premise: your great uncle was blamed for a catastrophic meltdown, and your aim is to sneak into the abandoned station, find data to clear his name, and get out before you’re caught.
This game’s most controversial decision is that one sequence leaves you in more or less total darkness. That initially seemed like a terrible idea, reducing us to fumbling our way around a large and complic...
My favourite games are those that completely immerse you in the world around you, particularly by forcing players to perform “real-world” tasks, and make you feel as though you are the star of your own film. Reactorvate did this, and more, and has firmly embedded itself in my mind as my favourite game at Escapologic’s Leicester branch (so far, at least).

The technology Reactorvate uses is great. You get to do physical puzzles, mental puzzle, observation puzzles…and you get to DO so much. We love a room that offers players the opportunity to really feel as though you are ‘doing’ the puzzling, rather than simply solving notes scribbled on a page. The whole thing had such a tactile feel as we lifted heavy objects and manipulated strange contraptions we’re all too young to know the true purpose of.

This isn’t an escape room – it’s a nuclear reactor simulator! A really great fun room with lots of dramatic moments.
This is my favourite of the 4 games at Escapologic Leicester. It doesn't feel like an escape rooms but it has all the joys of one. If you only have time to play one game, this would be my top choice if you aren't worried about a high level of difficulty. A must play.
Escapologic had us breaking into an abandoned nuclear power station and starting up the reactor in order to clear our great-uncle's sullied name... All in a day's work!

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