Escape Leicester: Overthrone

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Leicester (website)

3rd Floor, Horsefair House, Horsefair Street, LE1 5BP


4-10 players

60 minutes

The King is dead, long live the King!
With no natural successor to the King the throne is up for grabs. Legend has it that the wily old King has hidden the sword within the castle. He who raises the legendary Sword of Britain will take the throne. You and your competitors are first onto the scene. You must explore the castle and retrieve the legendary sword before the pretenders get it, to become new King or Queen!
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Provisionally rated between 35 and 35 out of 5

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Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 28 Dec 2018 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40:44 Outcome: Successful escape!
Emma Macedo experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 10 Apr 2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45
originalimmersivequite easy
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
๐Ÿ”James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 2020-08-08 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Time taken: 47:46
If you've watched a recent fantasy series involving houses and dragons then elements of this will be very familiar to you.  The king is dead and you have to prove your worth!  As with the rest of their rooms, the theming is good with some interesting puzzles, like some of their other rooms, the flow is mostly good but (like Magic Emporium) perhaps some better signposting might help in one or two places but this is still worth your time.
Dominic Elliott Smith rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 2020/01/02 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58 Outcome: Successful escape!

There was one padlock which had not been reset which left us unable to progress before receiving two clues enabling us to work out that is what happened. The bigger complaint is that there is no sign posting between the many padlocks and the puzzles leaving you continually trying the code in 4 places at a time (or 5 had the other padlock been in place). Other rooms I have played with this problem simply add a mark of some form on each puzzle. It is also not clear which puzzles are in play which is another avoidable issue, eg with lighting. 

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It had been a while since Iโ€™d visited Escape Londonโ€™s Shepherds Bush branch, and I was pleased to find theyโ€™ve upgraded their entrance: the venue is still down a narrow staircase, but itโ€™s now a much more attractively appointed staircase, fronted by a more clearly marked doorway. The Escape franchise tends to operate multiple copies of its games in different branches, but as one of its newer games Overthrone currently only operates in London, Leicester and Basildon.
The name reflects the gameโ€™s...

Their โ€˜Overthroneโ€™ room is a vaguely medieval, slightly mythical themed room โ€“ itโ€™s like combining the legends of Arthur and Camelot with the Tudors. The brief we are given is that the king is dead and his nobles are out to kill you next โ€“ to stop them you need to find the crown and sceptre and sit on the throne.

The second room we did in our day out at Escape Basildon, a very different room, but equally impressive as the first, room designed beautifully, and looked amazing, some tricky puzzles, but all very good. Definitely worth the trip. 

The King is dead! The throne is up for grabs, but will we have what it takes to solve the room and rule?
Amazingly, these guys have managed to pull off an authentic looking castle in the back of an old retail unit!

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