Escapologic: Butcher

By | March 20, 2019

by Escapologic Nottingham (website)

21 Castle Gate, NG1 7AQ


2-5 players

60 minutes

Anna and Max have the kind of relationship everyone pretends to find annoying. But really, their friends are just a little bit jealous. Because you can see how much these two people are meant to be together. They just-fit.
Anna is daring and inquisitive, Max is sensible. She encourages him to try new things. He stops her from doing stupid stuff.
But not today.
Maybe it's the sunshine. Maybe it's the wine. Because today, when Anna finds a randomly-unlocked shutter on a random side street, Max isn't quick enough to persuade her not to go inside. His mind is on the picnic they've just had, the kisses they've shared. So what if Anna is intent on seeking out some new dark and gloomy pace to scare him with. It's just Anna being Anna, right? This is why he loves her.
It's just an adventure. A dare. It'll be OK.
And then the shutter bangs down, and everything is very far from OK.
13utcher is the fifth locked room puzzle created by our resident mad genius, and it's one of the most impressively-realised yet! No expense has been spared to recreate the atmosphere of the butcher's lair in all its gory details. If you had to make a comparison with the movies, it'd be the set of Saw or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The original, of course, not the dodgy 2003 remake...
Outside, in another world, the sun is still shining. But in here, amidst the buckets and the blood, things have taken a decidedly dark turn! You'll need to work fast to solve the puzzles and break out to freedom. Because there's no telling when the butcher might come back...
13utcher is the bloodiest of our Nottingham escape rooms, we'd definitely say it contains scenes and images some may find upsetting. With mental and physical puzzle elements to conquer, and a deliciously tactile set design, this is part classic escape room and part test of nerve. Can you see past the blood, and concentrate on the solution?
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Rated between 30 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 19 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

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kman expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 22 Oct 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Failed 🙁
Escape Enthusiast experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Sarah Sim rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Failed 🙁
Daniel Dano Waite rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Durkules rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Outcome: Failed 🙁
Manix84 rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 12/05/2018 Team size: 5 Outcome: Failed 🙁

It scared by bother in law so much, that at one point I turned to see him holding the door closed.

🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
SiSitAndWait rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 45odd Outcome: Successful escape!

This is more of a scare game than an escape puzzle room. There were a couple of great puzzles, but one stuck out with poor lighting and made it much trickier, but not the fun tricky. It's a game worthy of doing thoug to see how different escape rooms can be..

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 7 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁

It was ok.. think this one really depends on the game master and on this occasion ours didn’t immerse themselves as much as it sounds like others have, so it wasn’t that scary. Fun experience though and would recommend to some others.

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 22/08/16
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Escapologic's 13utcher/Butcher game is somewhere between infamous and legendary. On any visit to the venue whether you're due to play it or not, you're likely to hear stories of how extreme it is, how it's the only 18-rated escape game in the UK (which is not quite true, there's at least one other), and of how many players bail out mid-game or even during the initial briefing. That reputation was enhanced for us at least from the previous time we'd visited Nottingham and played Curio - th...
A must do for fans of scare attraction. If you're of a particularly nervous disposition then I'd stay well clear - the puzzle pay off isn't worth the stress you'll go through during the game. For those of us in between, I think it's the sort of game that you'll like appreciate more than enjoy - and as an enthusiast that was more than enough.
This room is not one for the faint hearted and if you’re of a nervous disposition it’s probably one to avoid. However, if you want a room that it a bit different and will not only challenge your mind but also your bladder control, then give it a go!
The third and final escape room from Escapologic that we played.
It’s a scary and tense room as you rush to complete the puzzles before the Butcher returns to his lair. This game is all about anticipation and immersion.

This caused much discussion between our group. Did we feel that the room had enough of a fear factor to offset the fewer puzzles? For some of our group it was clear that the balance was right but I felt it light on content because the scares weren’t as much as I hoped. 

I want to re-iterate that this wasn’t a bad experience in the slightest and I’d recommend that anyone do it but, if you are a more hardcore horror fan who may have been to a number of scare attractions in the past, you may find the level of scare a little disappointing. Nevertheless, it has certainly made me want to get back to Escapologic and try out everything else they have to offer.

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