Escapologic: Curio

By | March 20, 2019

by Escapologic (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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Anonymous rated this:Rated between 2 and 2 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed πŸ™
immersivepoor hostingoverpricedvery difficult

In an unfortunate situation where I find myself agreeing with every other review on here, the room is stunning, the puzzles are clever and on the whole it’s a great room! In fact we also played another room here which we enjoyed very much!

But we were severely let down by the hosting during our visit, we struggled to find where to start and were given a clue through an audio based system, we did not hear this correctly and asked for it to be repeated, it was not. Later after spending over 10 minutes on another puzzle having overlooked a small detail, we asked for another clue, waving and verbally asking. There was no response. It just felt like the host was not paying attention to us and  there was a lack of hints in general that when combined sadly ruined the experience. 

lishahirst experienced rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveepicquite difficult
One of my favourite escape rooms, super fun with a twist! Would 100% recommend. One of the harder rooms I’ve done so maybe not ideal for a first room.
vickib93 rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
Team size: 2
spbc expert rated this:Rated between 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
Played: 21 Apr 2019 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalepicneeding tlc
liam and rosie experienced rated this:Rated between 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
Team size: 2 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!
clevergreat hostingmagicalquite difficult
Awesome room 
browngate experienced rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Farmergeddon Outta Here experienced rated this:Rated between 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
Played: 21 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:25 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverimmersivequite difficult
Curio is a fantastic room which is primarily puzzle based as opposed to the traditional lock and key based rooms. 
The theming is excellent, and the room has lots of unexpected surprises that will be greatly welcomed by any Escape Room enthusiasts out there. I do agree with other more recent reviewers that the room is somewhat dated and could do with a spruce up; we got stuck with one bit of broken tech but quickly resolved it with a very on the spot clue from our host! Other than that, the room was great fun and a real challenge to boot. If you're after a proper challenge, this one is well worth a go!
Chantelle Goddard rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
Played: 8 Dec 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 58
originalclevergreat hosting
Great room. Very clever. Recommend 
πŸ”SpontaneousIllusion expert rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
Team size: 2
originalimmersivegreat hostingquite difficult
A really good, and original game concept! Really fun game. One of my favourites!
katrs rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
originalcleverimmersive
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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 hadn’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 won’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 – it has a completely unique element, lots of puzzles and so much variety. This is my favourite room I’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 it’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.

    We hoped how special Curio would be and upon reflection, we wish had done another game first, to make this our 50th. However, it needed up being number 49 and what an experience it was. The hype of this room is most certainly warranted and it has left a lasting impression on all of us in being in our top 5 of rooms completed. If are visiting Nottingham to tackle one of the tens and tens of rooms on offer, you MUST include this in your bucket list. 

    Stop what you are doing right now, go to Nottingham, and play this room. Play it before you get spoilered about the special twist. Play it before you play any other escape rooms. And most importantly, play it before drinking – not afterwards!

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