Escape Hunt Oxford: Alice In Puzzleland

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Hunt Oxford (website)

Westgate Centre, OX1 1TR

Oxford

2-6 players

60 minutes

The Mad Hatter is in trouble. Save him from the Queen of Hearts without losing your heads.
Step into Wonderland, where the Hatter has been accused of stealing the Queen’s Tarts. With Alice nowhere to be seen, it’s time for you to fill her shoes.
You find yourself at the Hatter’s cottage. The table is set but no one is around.
A sign on the lawn reads ‘Tea Party Cancelled by Royal Decree’. Curiouser and curiouser…
Find and return the Queen’s Tarts in 60 minutes, or it’s off with the Hatter’s head. Chop chop.
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Overall rating

Rated between 20 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 30 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

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Mia Rabone experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulbroken techpoor hostingquite easy

This was my favourite of the Escape Hunt games I've played but I still wouldn't really recommend it to anyone with much escape room experience - okay for a new player maybe. Some of the tech was broken or just not clear (ie, coloured lights which were ambiguous). Just not great overall. 

imrahil experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Sharon Nowik experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: August 2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 39 Outcome: Successful escape!
Jasmine Barrett rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlybroken tech
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalbroken tech

Probably due to manhandling and overuse, a lot of the puzzles were broken. It was very frustrating to be told, "You're doing it right, just try again" multiple times. This game needs to be closed, repaired and reopened. The game itself isn't a bad concept, but the flaws drag the experience down.

Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 21 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 45:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyimmersivemagicalquite easy

Filling In for Alice

This was my first venture down the Rabbit Hole for an Alice in Wonderland-themed adventure. Escape Hunt offer concessions for students and seniors.

Story

Find and return the Queen’s tarts before it’s off with the Mad Hatter’s head, for he has been accused of stealing them.

Puzzles

Interactive, with a far bigger focus on magical mechanics rather than coded locks, which suited this particular room.

Mise-en-scene

Quirky and colourful, the scenery is artfully linked to Lewis Carrol’s novel. It’s compact but this adds to the immersion. An eccentric Hatter provided the odd verbal clue when needed.

Final Comments

We retrieved the Queen’s tarts with 15 minutes to spare. Take no more than 4 people to this challenge, otherwise it’d be too crowded.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Richard Holtby rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 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 played as a team of 4 to bring back the pies to the afternoon tea of Alice and her friends. the whole room looks superb and the design of the puzzles and props are absolutely amazing! Our host, Michael was purely amazing as well. Highly recommended.

Ellie experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 2020-12-19 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Our favourite of the Escape Hunt games played so far. Gamesmaster was friendly and the Cheltenham venue is open and welcoming. Lovely props, decent puzzles and good links to the Alice in Wonderland story. Only complaint would be that there were some bits were a bit stiff or not in the best condition (one was sticky :->), which is surprising for such a newly opened venue.

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We headed down to Puzzleland via Oxford to help save the Mad Hatter from Execution! Sinister stuff! See if we managed to find the Queen’s Tarts and what we thought about our Alice in Wonderland themed experience.

Whilst Alice in Puzzleland is available to play at multiple sites across the UK, we chose the closest to London: Reading. During our experience there, we were led by the Cheshire Cat (played by the awesome Games Master Hamish) through the rabbit hole and into the magical world of Wonderland.


Our GM declared we were the best team he had ever seen play this game. But actually...

Overall, a really good game with some lovely game play and well designed props. Escape Hunt Resorts World is based in the middle of a shopping centre which felt very unusual but means there are lots of people and passing trade.

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