Cave Escape: Carfax

By | March 20, 2019

by Cave Escape (website)

63 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FN

Nottingham

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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Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 29 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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FranklyOscar experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 49:13
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

A really great game with some excellent theming and a great story. Puzzles are interesting and fun, although better signposting could help at points. Wished there was more to do at the end. Overall, great fun and well worth playing

Gavin B rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 18/08/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:28 Outcome: Successful escape!

Great location, we felt truly immersed from our entrance in the reception area all the way to the end. The game truly involves you from the get go. My only criticism is that it is very search heavy and it times this was very frustrating; this aside, the puzzles were good and the set dressing was fantastic. Easily a game to include if on a trip to Nottingham, although not up there with Curio for me. 

Escapetopus experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 13/01/19 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Absolutely brilliant room at a unique venue. Wonderful attention to detail in the room design, decor and sound. The Dracula theme elements were taken straight from the original novel, so it’s perfect if you’re a fan of Gothic literature!

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 24.8.19 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Laura McGill expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 18/01/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 2019-06-30 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:49 Outcome: Successful escape!
Wonderfully thematic, clever puzzles and just one of the best rooms I've done for a while, taking inspiration from the story of Dracula, there is a definite narrative of progression throughout the sections of the room.  Some of the puzzles are quite hard in terms of figuring out what it is you need to do but it is very much worth it.  Our GM was Becky who has one of the creepiest voices when she was giving us a hint..
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
SiSitAndWait rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 48odd Outcome: Successful escape!

The detail of the whole game and the foyer, it's so impressive! There is a good mix of puzzles but it feels as the game goes on the spaces get bigger and the puzzles less. That should not be taken as a negative, this is a very good game.

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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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