Breakout Chester: Dark Magic

By | March 20, 2019

by Breakout Chester (website)

42 Bridge Street Row, CH1 1NN


2-5 players

60 minutes

You and your fellow wizarding students are wandering the out-of-bounds corridors on the third floor when you discover a secret passage into a long forgotten room. You edge inside and instantly sense the spine chilling presence of Dark Magic! Your wizardry skills will be put to the test if you choose to relinquish the evil that lies within...
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 9 users
combined with 3 pro reviews

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roberts0502 rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 14 Mar 2020 Team size: 4 Time taken: 35:00:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlymagicalquite easy
thehermit experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really enjoyed this magical twist on a game and would recommend it higher than liverpool's spellbound, this view room felt it was catered towards escape room players and not just families.

If you enjoy the magic theme and enjoy some good head scratching puzzles would highly recommend

grogu42 experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
matt_keds experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 11 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 48 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlydecorillogical


Typical franchise room. Enjoyable at times, and the fact there are few padlocks is a positive, but the flow of the room sometimes seemed illogical and un-intuitive - some of the puzzles didn’t match the theme at all. It was a little hard to see inside the room too.  I’d recommend if you haven’t experienced different to Breakout, although I’d say in the area there are better companies.

Ollie C rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 1 Feb 2020 Team size: 3 Time taken: 52:15 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techcleverimmersivequite easy

We had a great time in this room. The theming and lighting was great and the puzzles all fit the theme of the room with not a single padlock. Its not a large room so may get a bit busy with larger groups but found our group of 3 worked well with enough to keep each of us busy.

🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
family friendlymagical
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 12 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40:39
Magical adventures based on the films of the boy who lived aren't anything new but this one has some nice touches, entering through a magical painting to the headmasters study being one.  There is a series of logical and physical puzzles as you race to remove the curse that is upon the school.  
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 17 May 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 30 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulvalue for moneypoor hostingquite easy

Good room! The décor is immersive but the room feels short. We realised we had escaped when we were expecting a new room to open.

The immersion was broken when the host told us about safety rules and specifics by entering the room with us.

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 24/07/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 52.20 Outcome: Successful escape!

Now where to start...

Entering the room was refreshing as you enter through a magic painting rather than through a standard doorway so the theming was on point right from the very start. 

Spoiler Alert

This room does not contain any form of padlocks and as you can imagine, everything happens as if by magic. That being said, we did find that some of the puzzles are actually actioned by the game master so some actions may be delayed after you think you've completed the right thing. 

This game isn't open and it isn't linear, its very hard to describe. We found that we got our starting point, completed a series of linear puzzles and then had to stop and find another starting point again and this seemed to be the case throughout. A lot of hints were needed here as there was no room feedback or signposting to guide us in the right direction and a lot of it was game master driven. 

A Great room in terms of theming and puzzles (when you got into it) and i would certainly recommend it 

Reviews by escape room review sites

This game brilliantly uses technology to give a realistic magic feeling experience. All the action is set in one room, but clever use of lighting and sound give distinct transitions between phases of the game.

A single room game that makes good use of technology. A reset error marred the beginning of our game but overall good


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