Time Run Presents: Sherlock: The Game Is Now

By | March 20, 2019

by Time Run Presents (website)

Shepherd's Bush


4-6 players

60 minutes

Wheelchair suitable - contact the venue for details
You’ve always known you could. You’ve seen the show. You’ve read the stories. “It’s not so hard,” you said to yourself. “I can do it.” Well, now’s your chance.
Sherlock: The Game Is Now is the only official Sherlock Escape Game, a 90 minute immersive experience for teams of 4-6 people.
Don your deerstalker and dive into an all-new mystery, penned by Time Run, renowned escape room pioneers, and series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Well then: what are you waiting for?
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Rated between 25 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 15 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

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FranklyOscar experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
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c2creviewer experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
🏆Annagramma expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 3 Jul 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 42.26 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really good fun from the time you arrive at the unusual location, a place to grab a drink beforehand on site and then you're inducted to the game and off you go. 3 areas of puzzles of nice variety and difficulty, handy hint system  and video and audio interjections from the cast. Nice that you get your own route and pace and are not being herded through with another team hot on your tail. Nice merch to buy at the end. As a Sherlock fan I loved it but you don't need to have watched it to enjoy it.

evan experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 28 Feb 2019

Amazing set work, great immersion, and I quite enjoyed the integration of the Sherlock IP. It's not quite the brilliance of Time Run, but still fun.

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 08/06/19
Kelly Archer experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

A decent game (have loved the Time Run games in the past) marred by the packaging. It all felt a bit processed but I guess that's the deal with this sort of franchise based game. The puzzles were great, trying to sell us key rings and jumpers afterwards not so much.

stairs expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 26/1/19 Team size: 4
Another great experience from the guys behind time run. Brilliant intro and Immersive experiences and multiple rooms of puzzles, just some puzzles and frustrations let it down for us compared to their other experiences.
Mike S expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 15 and 15 out of 5
Miss Geeky rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Randy Hum rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
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Flutter.dumplin experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 24.02.19 Team size: 4 Time taken: 54 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
Barry Hammond experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 27/12/2018 Team size: 4 Time taken: 52.12 Outcome: Successful escape!
Roory experienced rated this:Rated between 10 and 10 out of 5
Played: 09/12/2018 Team size: 5 Time taken: 60.00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Gave benefit of the doubt at the time, but it seems the same problems exist 6 months later.

Bad and non-nonsensical puzzles, confusing story, broken puzzles/tech. Staff that didn't care about these issues afterwards (frosty would be putting it politely), and haven't fixed anything I raised since. High price is final kick in the teeth for a game that didn't deserve half the cost. Has put a number of people I know off of escape rooms where this was one of their first games.

Reviews by escape room review sites

In the early years, as escape rooms spread throughout the U.K., one London venue quickly gained an international reputation for production values that were streets ahead of anywhere else, as well as a variety of then unheard of innovations such as a briefing performed in costume and in character. That venue was of course Time Run, who eventually closed due to the loss of their lease, but returned in a new location having scored the massive coup of an official licence for a Sherlock game - not Co...
A review of Sherlock: The Game is Now, one of the most expensive but also one of the most impressive games in London. If you’re a fan of the show, it’s well worth a visit and even if you’re not, it’s certainly something to consider if the price point doesn’t put you off.
This was a fun experience, but for us at least it wasn’t worth the money and was over-hyped. Sherlock enthusiasts will probably love it, escape room enthusiasts will probably find it like Marmite

In our briefing we were told we’d travel around London very fast. They weren’t wrong! What starts as a very unassuming opticians shop quickly becomes an exciting briefing at 221B Baker Street (the iconic residence of Sherlock Holmes). We then rushed off to a series of fantastic locations from the TV series such as St. Barts Hospital, Mycroft’s office, and a brilliant (if a little creepy!) museum of medical instruments.

So, were our superfans satisfied? Absolutely. Copious use of video and voice work from the stars of the show, plus neat in-jokes and authentic props, gave a real buzz (there may have been actual squealing at points). It may be extra-pricey (for us non-Londoners) 
Entering via an optometrist shopfront into a world of espionage, Sherlock: The Game is Now has clearly invested thought, time and expertise into this new London escape room offering.

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