Escape Room Centre: Secret Agent

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Room Centre (website)

44-46 Church Street, FY1 1HP

Blackpool

2-6 players

60 minutes

It's 1984, the height of the Cold War.
You and your team of Secret Agents are about to break into the appartment of MI6's most senior agent - Jason Sinclair.
MI6 believes Sinclair could be be a 'double agent', an agent pretending to be on our side but actually working for Russia's KGB. This is because he recently submitted reports on 4 Russian suspects declaring them all to be innocent, but MI6 thinks differently.
Can you find evidence of the Russians secret missions and therefore prove Sinclair is a 'double agent' or is this all one big misunderstanding?
You have an hour to find out one way or the other before Sinclair gets back and 'All hell breaks loose...'
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 6 users
combined with 3 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Donna Artis rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 28/10/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: ~55:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Humdrum...

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Story

Investigate whether one of your fellow spies is a double agent working on behalf of Russia or not by exploring his flat before he returns. 

Puzzles

They were varied, but some didn't feel all that relevant to the story. Others felt very non-specific: these puzzles could appear in literally any other room. We somehow skipped the use of an item that later caused us confusion. Since some were difficult (including a totally random, tedious jigsaw) there were times we were at a complete loss. Rather than being offered a clue, we were left to be confused/frustrated/bored. Then, when a hint did come through, we were pretty much just given the answer.

Mise-en-scène

Bland and unimaginative. If it was meant to be the flat of MI6's most senior agent, there should have been plenty of exciting features...

Final Comments

While I'm not saying players are entitled to hints whenever they want them, it's annoying when you're standing in front of the camera clearly asking for help but receiving no response. This gave me the impression that our game wasn't being watched. Our victory didn't feel well-deserved, and we all left feeling apathetic.

bradyo rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 10 Oct 2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:02 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalstory-drivengreat hostingquite easy

Our first escape room. We really enjoyed it and staff were great and explained things nicely.

jakea256 expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
immersive

Great to see staff in character throughout the game 

🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 29.09.2017 Team size: 5 Time taken: 45.41 Outcome: Successful escape!

Reviews by escape room review sites

Another good TRAP-designed room. Probably weakest of the four available in Blackpool but still plenty of fun particularly as a couple.
The latest game from Lockhouse is a Cold War spy theme, where you are trapped in a safe house and need to not only escape but also identify a traitor and find a set of blueprints.
The safe house is a basement room that suits the 1970s setting but won't bowl you over; it's a little dowdy, with a couple of padlocked hatches marked as off limits. It's more impressive than the initial glance suggests though, and includes some cool pieces of period paraphernalia, and background audio to add to the a...

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