moviESCAPE: Sawtopsy

By | March 20, 2019

by moviESCAPE (website)

Welkin Mill, SK6 2BH

Stockport

2-8 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Wheelchair suitable - contact the venue for details
A 'whodunnit' horror...our SAWTOPSY room is not for the faint-hearted.
You wake to find yourself in a dirty, dark kill room with several others. You have one hour to solve the puzzles and work out who is the killer. If you do not succeed, you will be locked in the room...forever.
This room is recommended for ages 12 and over
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Overall rating

Rated between 15 and 30 out of 5

based on ratings from 4 users
combined with 2 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 15 and 15 out of 5
Played: 03/03/17
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 15 and 15 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

My partner and I escaped from a Saw room in Riga so were expecting something of the same level, but Sawtopsy really didn't deliver. The room was just a combination of finding papers with codes on it, opening the padlocks and starting again. We escaped the room by trying a code that we found and escaped in 30:05 minutes. We were confused as the story was making no sense. The staff in charge of the room explained to us that we missed some of the clues to find the final code.... Really not a good room. I would recommend anyone to do the Haunted House or the Magic room instead.

Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 23/09/20 Team size: 2 Time taken: ~58:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Saw It All Before...

As mentioned in another review, I found a deal on Planet Radio Offers that allowed two players to play a room for £20. I bought two of these vouchers, and used one before lockdown. Upon returning to Manchester, it was finally time to cash in the second.

Story
Taken away and locked in a basement, unmask a killer among your fellow kidnappees before the real (?) killer returns. This feels like one of those stories that doesn’t really know what it is. I suppose it’s a Cluedo-ish game set in a Saw-like environment.

Puzzles

Basic, basic, basic. A bit of maths here, a bit of UV there. Several of them involved classic games in one way or another, which I suppose ties in with Jigsaw’s most well-known quote: “Do you want to play a game?”. Most of the hints (provided on a screen- over a speaker in ‘The Puzzle Master’s’ voice would have added to the experience) we needed were due to us not looking around the room enough. A ridiculously-thorough search is needed every time something new is opened.

Mise-en-scene

A generic, grubby basement that only provided tenuous links to the film it is inspired by. The toilet cubicle had doodles scribbled on it as seen in a secondary school- an addition I didn’t understand. The room lacked references to traps, evil clowns or anything else corresponding to the Saw franchise. It’s not scary, just grotty (the latter comment is not a complaint, as this sort of setting is supposed to be soiled). The further you progress, the more gruesome it gets- thankfully.

Final Comments
Quite simply put, it’s not ‘Saw’ enough to justify its name. I’d call it ‘Cesspit Cluedo’ instead.

🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

For haunt fans this might have rated higher but as an escape room it just didn't work for me. A promising story progression was hurt by a shortage of puzzles and unpleasant searching that left me feeling disappointed by the overall experience.

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