Escape London: Area 51

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape London (Shepherds Bush) (website)

117 Uxbridge Road, W12 8NL

West London

2-6 players

60 minutes

Back in 1952 there were rumours around London of alien sightings and activity. News reporters were entering Area 51 to discover whether it was true or just a conspiracy theory, however, they never made it out and were never heard from again.
In this exciting game you take on the role of time travellers. You need to travel back into the year 1952 to find out exactly what was going on in Area 51.
You can only be transported back in time one way, so to get back to 2018 you'll need find all the parts of time machine, fix it to return and escape.
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Rated between 25 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 13 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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James Van Der Hoorn rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 7/2/17 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Not as good as the other room, and one of the first I've played, but seem to remember it being pretty decent still.

Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 28 Dec 2018 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
Matthew Canner rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
grogu42 experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
great hostingplain
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 26 Feb 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 37.23
story-drivengreat hostingplainquite difficult

Good hosting. Quite a high amount of key and code based puzzles. Some intuitive problems but some not so much. Nice theme and storey. Managed to bypass the last few puzzles which was slightly annoying.

Ollie C rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 12 May 2017 Team size: 5 Time taken: 58 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalplainvery difficult

When booking the name at first made it sound very interesting. However once inside it was very plain and it was mostly white walls and a LOT of padlocks. Some of the puzzles were tough and there was a few moments where we were unsure where to move onto next as the puzzles didn't flow together very well. There was also no confirmation that you had escaped. We finished a puzzle and spent a while wondering what we had to do next before realising the exit door had unlocked and we could push it open.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite difficult
livharvey rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyhi-techcleverquite difficult😨creepy
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 2017 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!

I was a bit disappointed by Area 51 which was way less atmospheric that the others with low decorations and a very high difficulty. But the room has been changed to Legacy which is worth the visit!

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
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Playing on a separate occasion, I'd agree with those comments, although I'd add in a note of appreciation for the game having more than one room, good puzzle variety, skilful and entertaining hosts, and a refreshing lack of frustration points - generally whenever you've solved a puzzle, it's clear that you've done so.
Compared to the Casino room I did at the same venue immediately beforehand, the game structure is more linear and the content somewhat easier. Experienced teams will find it easy ...
A decently themed game which was generally enjoyable but was badly let down by a flawed puzzle and a broken lock.
Escape London invite you to travel back in time to a top-secret, 1950s laboratory investigating other-worldly happenings in Roswell. Those little grey folk look friendly...
Highly linear, lots of different and new kinds of puzzles to enjoy in a sci-fi themed adventure. Accessible for beginners.

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