Trapp’d Billing Aquadrome: Dead On Arrival

By | March 20, 2019

by Trapp'd Billing Aquadrome (website)

Crow Ln, Great Billing, NN3 9DA

Billing Aquadrome

2-6 players

60 minutes

After a blissful weekend break visiting family you are in the midst of a long car journey home. You have at least another 6 hours to go and the rain is hammering down hard on the windscreen. It’s quite calming, actually. You drive continuously along the straight, unwinding motorway, there is not another car in sight at this ungodly hour. You listen to the rain as it plunders down creating white noise, filling your head with slow, soothing thoughts. You don’t notice your eyelids drooping until it’s too late. You see a flash, you hear a crash, you feel the impact and then… nothing. You feel as though you are floating through a black void. You don’t really know how long you’re there for, concept of time seems to escape you in this dimension.
Suddenly, you hear a scraping of metal, a swoosh of material. Someone is in the room with you, you can feel it. A man’s voice speaks; “It’s only minor injuries, he should be out within a week. He’s lucky, it could have been a lot worse. We’ll keep an eye on his condition and let you know if anything happens.” “That is a relief. Thank you, doctor.” A woman’s voice. You recognise it. You try to move but your limbs don’t respond. You start to panic but the more you try to move, the more impossible it seems. There is another scraping of metal and a swoosh and you feel the atmosphere become still again. Your dark plain submerges you once again.
Drifting in and out of consciousness, you feel a sharp prick in your forearm. It pulls you out of your stupor and you can hear a faint, rhythmic beeping sound. Upon focusing on it you realise it’s your heart beat. It’s reassuring until it begins to speed up… quicker and quicker, faster and faster. Fear burns through you and desperation kicks in but your limbs still disobey you and your lips ignore your desperate attempts to shout. You hear voices, panicstricken shouting, a woman frenzied.
“He’s going into cardiac arrest, we need a crash trolley in here now!”
Your inner self is hysterical but your body makes no sign. A long, unbroken beep rings out coupled with a painful silence. That familiar voice, your mothers, screams uncontrollably “He was supposed to live!”… But you are not dead.
The next time you stir you feel a cold, hard surface beneath you. You see a blinding glare through your eyelids and you struggle to open them but they only flicker a little. A voice comes in existence, it’s the doctors voice but this time he is not concerned nor friendly. His voice is stern and serious.
“Yes, I have the body. He’s still alive, don’t worry. Kidnapped to order, just like I promised.” Pause.
“Leave the money in the discussed location and the guy is yours to pick up in an hour.” Pause.
“Yeah, yeah, I got that. He’s in the hospital morgue. You know how to get in, don’t let anyone see you.”
A door slams and silence follows. The adrenaline begins to kick in and your limbs start to tremble. The feeling is slowly returning to your body and with it, the growing realisation of what has unfolded. You have 60 minutes to find a way out of this dead man’s freezer before your torturer finds you!
NB: This room is for over 12’s only. Participants with heart conditions must check with a doctor before playing.
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loughboroughescaper experienced rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 20 Jun 2024 Team size: 4 Time taken: 50 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hostinglacks immersion

We enjoyed this game. I liked some of the puzzles, some were original that I hadn't seen before which was nice. We didn't get handcuffed like other reviews have mentioned which is a shame. Music also cut out halfway and didn't come back on, creating a very non immersive game. This room was rated scare factor 4/5, at most it was 2/5. No jump scares, at no point in the game did I feel scared, the extent of scare factor was no more than just some fake limbs on the floor. Was looking forward to a scary 'horror' room as described by our game host. Our host was great, she explained everything well. Some parts of the game were a bit broken which was a shame, like the telephone and the remote. 

vickib93 rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁

We did this room as a 2 and there was quite a lot to do, we managed to get to the last little bit but unfortuantely we still didn't manage to get out. We enjoyed the room and was a good concept. 

escapeartist1212 expert rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hostingplain😨creepy
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 2.5 and 2.5 out of 5
Played: 22/10/2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53:48 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting

I didn't hate this game in the same that others have done but there some issues going on.  The Maths puzzle isn't as bad as other have indicated (we completed on our second attempt) you just need to get into a rhythm but the sheet could have changed as it didn't feel as old as other components.  You do start the game handcuffed but the very first thing you find is the key so you almost have to ask what the point was.  We opted for the non live actor version of this game and (like the others at the site) it's a linear experience.

Lawsome Foursome rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 26 Dec 2021 Team size: 5 Time taken: 35:59 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalstory-drivenquite easy
escape_possum experienced rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
creativepoor hostingtattyquite difficult😨creepy
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
Brian experienced rated this:Rated between 1.5 and 1.5 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Failed 🙁

the game master was terrible here

Tim Cooper expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: Team size: 2 Time taken: 52:36 Outcome: Successful escape!

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I'm not going to mince words here: I hated this game. We played it as two teams of two, and our second group liked it even less. Reviewing escape games is inevitably subjective, but I try as best I can to separate out factors specific to my run-through of a game from underlying strengths and weaknesses, and from that point of view I'll grant it credit for an effective grim flair in its design and good follow-through on its story. But a flood of problems minor and major drowned any enjoyment of t...

We wouldn’t recommend Dead on Arrival to someone that has never played an escape game before, but we enjoyed it, escaping in about 33 minutes, which leads us to conclude that the puzzles are sound, and it’s worth giving it a go


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