moviESCAPE: Merlin’s Magic Academy

By | March 20, 2019

by moviESCAPE (website)

Welkin Mill, SK6 2BH

Stockport

2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

If you love the Boy Wizard... you will adore Merlins Magic Academy.
Actual working wands.... create potions... free the dragon!!
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 4 users
combined with 2 pro reviews

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🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 18 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfamily friendlymagical
A fun well themed room with some simplistic puzzles that an experienced team might overthink (we did).  One thing that did rankle is that they have a policy of not giving hints for the first 15 minutes but the first puzzle you need to solve is a potentially tricky search one and we only did it by fluke, I can see that being potentially frustrating.
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

The decoration, set-up and puzzles of this room were unreal, SUCH a really good room compared to their other rooms like Sawtopsy or the Meth Lab room. We had actual magic wand, like functioning magic wand! Fantastic! The room was still relatively new as we escaped in June 2018, so some puzzles were not working properly and one enigma was not written properly (the wrong word was written) so it broke a bit the immersion but I'm sure they had enough time to fix it and you should definitely try, 'cause that ending was WOW!

Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 14/03/20 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53:49 Outcome: Successful escape!

Stockport Sorcery

I found a deal on Planet Radio Offers that allowed two players to play a room for £20. At a tenner each, it made sense to purchase two so that I could play the four remaining rooms on MoviEscape’s list!

Story
Graduate from the Magic Academy by making potions and casting spells.

Puzzles

The sort you’d expect from a Hogwarts-themed challenge. Merlin’s Academy had the cutesy magical-themed gimmicks that make people throw 5-Star TripAdvisors at it- so don’t expect every lock to be a four-digit number code. We got stuck a few times, but it’s a room that everybody should be able to get through without too much help.

Mise-en-scene

With all the dusty portraits, candles, spell books and potion ingredients you could shake a Nimbus 2000 at, there’s no doubt that it’s an old wizarding school. Although it is to keep in with the setting, I hate it when sand-timers are used as an indicator of time remaining. The hint-giver is an animated little creature.

Final Comments
The last room contains an impressive spectacle- it’s just a shame it appears so late on in the game. You won’t want to take many more than four people for this one.

Allie Abbott rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 17/08/19 Team size: 2 Time taken: 46:15 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really good room with a great surprise near the end!

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