Escapologic: Curio

By | March 20, 2019

by Escapologic Nottingham (website)

21 Castle Gate, NG1 7AQ

Nottingham

2-5 players

60 minutes

Be careful what you wish for
An Englishman's home is his castle. Or his curio if he's a treasure hunter who's spent a lifetime collecting trinkets from all four corners of the globe. Alexander Curio was a true eccentric. A legendary explorer who left no stone unturned in his search for gems and gimcracks. To him, life was a gamble, with fate to be decided on a whim or a flip of a coin. A mysterious loner who loved to raise the stakes until they could be raised no higher.
Alexander's life was one big puzzle. Only a select few ever got beyond his front door. You're about to join their exclusive ranks. At first glance, Curio looks like the home of an explorer whose passion for chasing treasures has taken him from the Thames to Timbuktu. But the clue lies in the name. Secrets lie within her seemingly innocent walls and trinkets hold the key to untold riches. Fortune favours the brave but riches come at a price.
Who is the man behind the enigma? Was his death the result of some cruel, cosmic irony? And does he really want to share the treasures hidden away within the labyrinth he calls home?
This is no ordinary home. Alexander is anything but an ordinary man. Now he's inviting you into his world. But once you enter, there's no going back
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Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 47 users
combined with 11 pro reviews

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kman expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 23 Oct 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 44m 00s
Laura McGill expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed ๐Ÿ™
fraggle42 experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Fiona Smith rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed ๐Ÿ™
beautifulclevermagicalvery difficult๐Ÿ˜จcreepy
Moosehead expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalintensequite difficult

Such a clever game.  Very original concept and mechanic and has a lot of wow moments.  

Sharon Nowik experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: October 2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 52 Outcome: Successful escape!
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 2019 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

We've heard of the Curio room everywhere we go in the UK, rating as one of the favorites of the escapists community. The design of the room is one of the most well thought and executed room but the puzzles may seem a bit classic in comparison. We had an amazing time despite the motion sickness kicking in at times. The team at Escapologic is lovely and professional and they are not clue-heavy at all. Thoroughly enjoyable! ๐Ÿ™‚

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 19/09/2020 Team size: 3 Time taken: 57 Outcome: Successful escape!

WOW WOW WOW

This room is UNMISSABLE 

it's very difficult to say anything about this room without giving spoilers, however it is a room that has one element that i doubt you will ever find again in any other room. 

The way i described this room was like "A real life version of the mobile app, THE ROOM". If anyone has played them games, then this is as close as you will ever get to being in the real thing. 

I cannot say enough about how good this room actually is 

SiSitAndWait rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 50 odd Outcome: Successful escape!

This has one of the most unique things i have ever seen and is one of the most puzzley that Escapologic have. Excellent!

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One of the challenges of writing reviews of escape rooms is giving a clear impression of the experience while avoiding spoilers. There are some rooms where this is particularly difficult because that means I can't talk about a core element of the room, the most memorable and unique thing about it. Curio is one such game.
What I can say about it is that it's a high quality, original and satisfying game from start to finish. There's a particular style of decor you often see in escape rooms...
The single most impressive moment I've ever experienced in an escape room combined with obvious progress, good puzzles, a beautiful set and, that most intangible of things, "flow", made this one of my all time favourite escape rooms. "
This room delivers something that you probably won't have seen anywhere else. No spoilers - a fun room with some very impressive room design and definitely one you won't forget
  • A very quaint living room in a 1920s mansion is your first port of call. Vintage furniture, artwork and decorations are perfectly chosen to make this room seem of a bygone era.
  • This room has the most amazingly clever mechanisms and twists and turns. Literally!
  • The puzzles in here are physical manipulations, information hunting and communication. Very good communication is required between team members which adds to the feeling of co-operation.
  • There is a nice flow to the room and you can see what progress you have made via very obvious means.
  • Puzzles include some clever use of objects that I hadnโ€™t come across before in a room. Think outside of the box!
  • We head to an eccentric treasure hunters house in Nottingham which is hiding quite a few secrets. Can we escape with the riches?
    Curio has a gimmick. And at some point that gimmick was probably an amazing and exciting surprise. But as with most escape rooms, as more and more customers come through the doors, the game briefing gets longer and longer to cover all the stupid stuff customers sometimes do. I wonโ€™t give away the gimmick directly, but will tell you what was said before we even started the game: we were asked if anyone had severe motion sickness or vertigo, told that if we wanted to get out of the game it could take a little bit longer than in normal games, and there was a special door that we could only go through when a green light was on, under no circumstances try and open the door when the red light was on, and the door might go to different places at different times.
    A very special room โ€“ it has a completely unique element, lots of puzzles and so much variety. This is my favourite room Iโ€™ve played and it will take something very special to beat it.
    This is such a unique room and going into it now little about it just makes it all the more special. Escapologic have created a fully immersive experience that is full of twists and turns. It is their hardest game to date so expect to spend some time having to really think about what comes next but itโ€™s worth it for the pay off of what you get to experience. To really stand a chance of completing the room, you really need a minimum of three people.

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