The Escapement: Pirates of Polaris

By | March 20, 2019

by The Escapement (website)

65 Northdown Road, CT9 2RJ


2-6 players

60 minutes

Trapped onboard the ship Polaris, you and your crew of have been thrown in the brig, however, there’s been a mutiny onboard and all remaining crew members have abandoned ship!
Navigate the stars and the seas and figure out how to sail the ship through thunder bolts and lighting back to land!
This room contains flashing lights – please let us know if you require this feature to be removed from the game.
Pirates Of Polaris features genuine artefacts and items from a 130-year-old ship – Polaris. Our rooms are highly immersive and theatric, we want you to feel as though you are on a movie set!
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Overall rating

Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 10 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

Player reviews

Lianne says:

Really enjoyable and well-themed room. I'm a sucker for pirate themed rooms, but it does feel like the team at Escapement have gone the extra mile with the decor and real and replica items in the room to make it feel incredibly authentic. In terms of difficulty, we were a team of one experienced three newbie players, and got out in around 45 minutes.

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Juliette B experienced says:

Excellent room. Amazing set design, great puzzles with some nice physical elements. We had a new GM under supervision who did a great job giving us the occasional nudge when we had made some search fails. Very immersive with how the puzzles truly fit the experience. Found it a little hard to see some areas although I understand the GM can control the brightness if needed and it is not a dark room in a frustrating sense at all. Absolutely worth a visit. 

Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Anouska123 rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Ben Bailey experienced says:

Very fun adventure in a room designed with real parts from a vessel. A joy to play through and would recommend to others. Ask the owners about the Original Polaris!

Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Mike Smedley experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Matt C experienced says:

WOW some of the most amazing theming I have ever seen! The puzzle was great but the final puzzle is extremely challenging for a team of 2. But still highly recommend 

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Robin Harris & Michael Bailey experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Anonymous says:

Some very exciting puzzles.  Really liked the idea of the storm timer!

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
harveyjcsmith rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

First of the three games I played at The Escapement, Pirates of Polaris places you in the brig of a pirate galleon, abandoned by the crew and left to go down with the ship, unless you can find a way to escape. The venue has achieved quite a reputation amongst enthusiasts, and it was instantly clear why: Pirates is a beautiful game that starts well and never misses a beat.
As the website description states, some of the decor is taken from an actual antique ship, from which the game takes its nam...
A review of Pirates of Polaris, an excellent escape room which managed to deliver both an atmospheric set and great puzzles.
This room is beautiful, it really is, and when a room uses genuine artifacts there is no doubt you are in for a treat
The Escapement make very little noise about the fact that much of Pirates of Polaris is constructed from an actual 130-year-old ship, the Polaris. It’s something we didn’t find out about until after our game, but it does go some way to explaining how good the theming in this room is.

Can you steer the ship in the right direction?

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