Escape Hunt Manchester: Blackbeard’s Treasure

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Hunt Manchester (website)

Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, M4 3TR


2-6 players

60 minutes

Wheelchair suitable - contact the venue for details
Blackbeard is dead, his loot lies unguarded. Sink or swim? It’s up to you.
Step onto a pirate galleon in the middle of a battle for control of the High Seas. Your captain, the terrifying Blackbeard, has just been killed and his ship is shot to pieces and sinking fast.
With no chance of victory, you and your scurvy shipmates decide to jump ship – after helping yourself to the contents of Blackbeard’s legendary treasure chest.
You’ve broken into his cabin to grab all you can, but now the door has jammed shut and you’ve just 60 minutes to escape; any longer and you’ll drown – if the sharks don’t get you first.
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 40 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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Player reviews

shona panks experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techimmersivegreat hostingquite difficult

Quite a hard room. Enjoyed elements of this room and the host was amazing. My only criticism, maybe between the H&S and gameplay parts before the room. Maybe walk away and come back because I had to stop myself laughing when the hosts voice suddenly changed

The Monkey expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
hi-techquite difficult

At the time I played this I would've rated it low, I hated tech games but I've grown to love them so would enjoy playing this game again. One flaw with the piano as I think you have to have a taste or previously played an instrument to understand but other than that, a really good room

Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 25 Nov 2021 Team size: 5 Time taken: 38:43 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersiveoverpricedshortvery easy

A Cut-Throat, Cut-Short Crusade

We were looking at the leader boards in disbelief because of the record-breaking times…but that would all soon make sense.


Raid Blackbeard’s cabin for his treasure, but abandon ship before it sinks.


They fit the theme nicely, but one or two were frustrating to complete.


The room looked swashbuckling enough, that’s for sure. I believed we had stepped onto a pirate galleon.

Final Comments

What a disappointingly short game! Where were the rest of the puzzles? The ending especially felt rushed and uninspired. We had over 20 minutes left on the clock. When you could be paying up to £25 per person, Blackbeard’s Treasure just isn’t worth the money.

Ksen experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 2020 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivemusicalquite easy
wakeupdollydaydream experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techgreat hosting
piratechaek rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 1 Jun 2021 Team size: 2

Extremely well themed, I love the little pirate touches. Some simple puzzles become extremely memorable due to the theming, some more interesting puzzles. 

Richard Holtby rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
DebExplores rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 31/10/20 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

This game had some fun puzzles but it also left us wondering what to do a lot of the time. We spent the first 15 minutes finding things but not entire sure what to do. Once in the second room we found things flowed a bit better. I would go back and play another of their games but I did feel a bit frustrated during the game sometimes when things didn't seem to be moving anywhere. That being said the physical design of the game was appealing and we did have a fun time overall 🙂 

Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

We returned to EscapeHunt as a team of two to celebrate Saint Valentine, as it seems to be a new tradition for us! Blackbeard Treasure was to the same quality level as The Last Vikings, really atmospheric with great decors and our host, Captain Michael, was on point! Similar to The Last Vikings, all our clues were given in character. "Hey matey, things tends to fall when on the sea, maybe check the floor" type of clues. Very similar to the Last Vikings, the puzzles were very hands on and only a few code locks within the room. The puzzles were of very varied difficulties, that would fit both experienced players with a 0 clues completion and new players who want to experience various types of puzzles that escape games can offer. One puzzle though was surprisingly made harder that it should have been as all the hints were already present on the piece of paper that you receive to solve it. Another great room for Liverpool! Highly recommend for anyone who hasn't tried EscapeHunt yet. Looking forward to try their 'Cowboys' room and the future Alice In Wonderland. 😮

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Our least favourite game that we have played at Escape Hunt. The puzzles could have been really good but their execution was somewhat lacking. An enjoyable game overall however

The game themes that Escape Hunt have been rolling out sound a little like costume ideas for a children's party: cowboys, vikings, Doctor Who, pirates. Since this is an industry that deals in escapism, that's all to the good, and we eagerly signed up for their Blackbeard game.
Your job is to sneak into the cabin of the recently deceased Captain Blackbeard and swipe his loot before the ship sinks; our gamemaster played the role of our confederate on the outside with gusto. Pirate themes always s...
The tale of Blackbeard's Treasure goes - you and your team find yourself stranded on a sinking pirate ship. Sure, you could immediately jump ship and row your way across the ocean to safety but where would be the fun in that? Plus, rumour has it there is treasure aboard. The legendary Blackbeard's Treasure. It's hidden somewhere inside his personal quarters and its your job to find it and get to safety before the ship sinks.
We headed to Oxford only to end up on Blackbeards Sinking Ship. See how we got on finding the treasure and escaping a watery grave!

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