Escape Plan: The Adventure Begins

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Plan (website)

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E16LA

East London

2-6 players

60 minutes

Set in the barracks of a P.O.W camp, you and your comrades quickly discover the legend of Bob Hails โ€“ the only prisoner to have successfully escaped the camp. And whatโ€™s more heโ€™s left you his journal to help you and your team evade the enemy and make your own great escape. But do you have what it takes to earn your freedom? If youโ€™re unsure which game to play first, we recommend this one.
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Rated between 40 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 16 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

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kman expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 22 Aug 2015 Team size: 5 Outcome: Failed ๐Ÿ™
Mia Rabone experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 3 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 59 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
clevergreat hostingepicquite difficult

Enjoyed this room even more than 'battle for britian'. Highly recommend. Sarah was a brilliant host. The difficulty level of the puzzles was spot on for our group and we felt they were all good quality with no 'fillers'. 

jakea256 expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
beautifulstory-driven

Great signposting, solid puzzles, and a brilliant story with the added bonus that you are following a real escape plan from the war. 

abooth expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 2 Time taken: 50 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

Wonderful game - really original, clean and well ran.

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverfamily friendly

There is an excellent variety of types of puzzles in this traditional, non-linear escape game. Some were particularly memorable and creative! A lot of love and thought has gone into this room, we really enjoyed it. 

Chesscrafted rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 10 Oct 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivengreat hostingfamily friendly

Almost the best escape room I've ever played, only beaten by Roll Out the Barrel (from Escape Plan as well). Like that room, this has original and handmade puzzles, and again has nothing scary but still manages to be immersive and fun to play. The hosts are still just as good as ever, and we escaped with only a couple of hints for a puzzle we'd mostly solved. While there are many great war-themed escaped rooms in London, this one definitely competes for the top spot! I recommend it to anyone who's already played Roll Out the Barrel or is looking for something a little more serious (but still family-friendly).

Kelly Archer experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivegreat hosting

Loved this room. Some really great in house designed puzzles (lots of wood, which makes a nice change) and a fab host made this room stand out. The theming is beautiful with, plenty of tricky puzzles and lots of non linear moments. I loved that the GM (Sam) knew our names and would direct the clues to the relevant player, that was a lovely touch.

We played both of their current rooms and I am excited to play the next one when it is finished.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
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Really solid, high quality escape room with excellent puzzles and design. The location was a little tricky to find, but it's worth seeking out.
A well-themed escape room with some interesting mechanical puzzles and a fantastic host. It's missing that final wow factor to make it a truly outstanding room but it's packed with good puzzles.
The Adventure Begins is a fantastic game with clever puzzles, a great set, and some really fun moments. I wouldnโ€™t hesitate to recommend this room to teams that are trying to find their first escape room or to enthusiasts, particularly those that want to try their hand at their first room as a team of two

Thereโ€™s a unique aspect to The Adventure Begins which links back to the story. The story goes that only one prisoner has ever made it out of the POW alive โ€“ a man named Bob Hails. Bob Hails has left you his notebook which details how he escaped. Too bad itโ€™s quite cryptic, but there in lies your puzzle. What Bob has put in his notebook is vital to solve the the room and make your great escape!

This was my 17th room at the time, and the rest of the team were just a few behind. And I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever felt like I knew what I was doing as much as I did in Escape Plan. This game was smooth. Not easy, we had to think hard, but never really got actually stuck.
A WW2-themed escape with a range of deduction, search, and mechanical puzzles โ€“ many of which were on theme. Low-tech but they have made a lot of a limiting premises. Pretty high reliance on padlocks.

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