Cave Escape: Carfax

By | March 20, 2019

by Cave Escape (website)

63 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FN


2-5 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Deaf friendly - contact the venue for details
Your eyes begin to focus through the dull light. The croak and groan of the Russian cargo ship, The Demeter, makes you feel uneasy. You sense that a terrible event has occurred - the crew are missing, presumed dead. Only the body of the Captain is later recovered, found horrifically bound to the helm of the vessel.
You have been called upon by Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the noted Dutch Metaphysician and his former student, Dr. John Seward who's patient, the aristocrat - Lucy Westenra, is presenting a series of bizarre symptoms. She seems to be drawn under the power of an unknown force which yolks her strength, day by day. What is causing her decline and could it be in some way connected to the eery appearance of the deserted ship upon Whitby's shore? Only you can find the truth!
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based on ratings from 55 users
combined with 8 pro reviews

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Pegz241 rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 24 Jul 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverquite difficult
Jemileh experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
abooth expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 22 May 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 37 Outcome: Successful escape!

Amazing. The spaces are just used so beautifully. It's like being in a film. Host was absolutely brilliant as well and a great laugh.

Pagan Hollis experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 19 Feb 2020 Team size: 4 Time taken: 49:16 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalfamily friendly
Anna Baillie experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivengreat hosting

Great fun from start to finish.

Good flow and signposting.

I wouldnt say this room is scary at all, just a little eerie.

Lovely GM, very welcoming and friendly.

Durkules rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 19 Mar 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 39m Outcome: Successful escape!
Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 04/11/18
Moosehead expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 4

Very fun game.  There were a couple of puzzles where the signposting wasn’t very clear on what to do, even after we figured it out.  Other than that, fantastic game that should definitely be played.

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There are lots of ways to build atmosphere in an escape room, with lighting, audio, props and effects; but some venues just start off with an unfair advantage - such as Cave Escape, whose games are indeed inside an actual set of caves beneath Nottingham. From their attractively gothic lobby, players descend stairs to the game area underground; they currently have two, of which the first is Carfax, inspired by Bram Stoker’s original Dracula novel.

With such a gloriously atmospheric location read...

A true rival for Curio in Nottingham, Cave Escape is a fantastic game that takes you on a journey through the underground world of Nottingham.
Carfax is a great room and it excelled in room design. Surrounded by the natural stone walls of the cave, the rest of the set was used to enhance this already impressive setting
Gothic, spooky theme and adventure fans will love this room especially - but it is not a scary room. The dim environment - especially near the end - is atmospheric but more creepy than terrifying! Definitely suitable for older children and teens. The effort gone to in both rooms at this venue by the team is top-notch. Highly recommended.
This game’s unique selling point is that it’s set in a cave – but that’s not why it’s a fantastic game. Carfax has a wonderfully immersive and minimalist set that beautifully unveils the games story. A brilliant game.

A unique setting in the caves of Nottingham backed up by a well formed story full of adventure


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