Escape Reality Birmingham: Bank Job

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Reality Birmingham (website)

60-62 Constitution Hill, Jewellery Quarter, B19 3JT

Birmingham

2-6 players

60 minutes

An elite team of highly skilled and experienced bank robbers has been assembled. Assigned with the task of infiltrating the security at one of world’s most protected bank vaults, you must steal the world’s most valuable diamond. You are the chosen few who must accept this challenge. Other members of your notorious organisation have entered earlier that night, but their efforts proved to be unsuccessful. Working with the clues they have left behind, and your extensive plan to gain access to the high security areas, your team is ready. All security cameras have been disabled for the next hour. You have 60 minutes to locate and steal the diamond before the cameras turn back on and you are caught!
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Overall rating

Rated between 25 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 6 users
combined with 1 pro review

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Player reviews

Siân O'Brien rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 12 Feb 2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 57:40 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlybroken techpoor hosting

Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao!

Theft was on the mind after watching Money Heist on Netflix, so we were excited about this room! 

Unfortunately the room is quite dated now. We had fun, but some things were made difficult by the state of disrepair; draws that don't open, objects held together with cellotape. 

One major aspect of the game had us waste about 15 minutes, to find it wasn't working. Worst still, it was missing it's QR, so hints were unavailable. This would have been only our second hint, so as a measure, I would say this is a fairly easy game. 

On calling the GM into the room to help, he confirmed it was broken. He then couldn't manually release it, so he had to skip the challenge inside. He then gave us a hint towards the next challenge, so in total 15 minutes were lost and 3 challenges!! So actually, it put a real damper on the whole experience; skipping 3 challenges is a big chunk of game play.

When I requested a discount on a future game, our GM said no. He said they don't have the power to do that. I was really gutted.

I've always disagreed with the way Escape Reality is managed, given you've got one member of staff on the desk, seeing people in, delivering the briefings, monitoring your game on CCTV, seeing teams out, answering the phones, covering the desk, selling drinks, resetting rooms... It's just too much.

I get the impression there's a backseat manager somewhere just enjoying the money roll in, while starving the place of any investment, so I'm not sure how much longer Escape Reality will last. Oddly, I had enquired in here a week prior about bringing in a large party, which I thought would be of interest given they claim to host corporate events on their website, but the staff told me no - they don't do large parties that require hosting multiple rooms. I get the feeling there's a big disconnect between management and the staff here.

🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 16 Oct 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: April 2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 40:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Something went badly wrong with this game.  I'm still not sure whether a padlock was in the wrong place or whether it was left unlocked.  We escaped with several puzzles left uncompleted.  In fairness, we received a credit note for our spoiled game, but the game host wasn't especially interested in working out what had gone wrong.

Molly Minerva experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Lots to do in here and some clever puzzles that worked well with the theme. We stormed through it because it flowed well, so although it's not the hardest room, it is an enjoyable one.

Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 26/02/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: ~50:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

More Bank Bustin’

This was another occasion where I introduced a newbie to the wonderful world of escape rooms. He’s since been hooked, and so this one must have done a good job of enthralling him!

Story

Steal a big shiny diamond from a bank.

Puzzles

There was lot of calculating and translating numbers into codes, as well as a couple more interactive puzzles. A fun mixture.

Mise-en-scène

There was a very lifelike and absorbing start and finish to this room, lending a sense of flow and progression to fit in with the story. From the big main features such as furniture and room layout, to the minor details like the smallest props, this room was on the money in terms of design.

Final Comments

Four-stars is a fair difficulty rating, but this room could be enjoyed as a pair or in a group of three to four. Another diamond to add to my collection.

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 21/09/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 39 Outcome: Successful escape!

The theming of this room was absolutely brilliant, innovative ways to move on to the next rooms and a great exit to the room too. 

one puzzle had us stumped for a while and to be honest, it was one of them very tedious puzzles that you know is a puzzle but you just dont want to even try and work out what to do with it. 

The rest of the room was outstanding, however they had one of my biggest bug bares... a puzzle that is no longer working in the room but they have still left the signposting and the props in place. we knew instantly that something wasn't right because the door was already open but nonetheless, the puzzle elements should be removed. they did confirm at the end that the puzzle is broken and they are removing it at some point so dont let this throw you off 

Reviews by escape room review sites

We were disappointed with this game, it wasn’t very immersive and felt very frustrating at times.

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