Breakout Chester: Cursed Carnival

By | March 20, 2019

by Breakout Chester (website)

42 Bridge Street Row, CH1 1NN


2-5 players

60 minutes

You and your friends have won a prize at the local carnival, but it's a prize with a difference. Since you've taken it home, you have been tormented by strange dreams and a haunting voice that tells you that you must return your prize within 7 days. You return to the carnival on the 7th day and enter the old repair shed where you must solve the mystery with only an hour left before the clock strikes midnight. Can you break the curse in 60 minutes or will your nightmares come true...
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Rated between 3 and 3.5 out of 5

based on ratings from 32 users
combined with 6 pro reviews

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thehermit experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!

We played forgotten to not long after it opened to the public, and the room itself looks really great. However it felt like there was a few clunky puzzles in here that left us scratching our heads and needed explaining.

Philip & Gemma rated this:
Played: 30 Dec 2017 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyimmersivequite easy😨creepy

This room has a great carnival theme, with a slighty creepy undertone (mostly having to carry a creepy doll around with you). 

The space seems big as you are constantly moving into new sections of the game. The puzzles aren't particuarly hard but are mostly themed well to the room. 

The room was enjoyable and had enough to do that it was satisfying to work through and complete. It is definitely suitable to beginner players.

EscapeCarrtists rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 10 Jul 2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:33 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverstory-drivenquite difficult

Played this with a newbie and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and puzzles. Kept us on our toes throughout and our own stupid mistakes made us take longer. 

Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Chris Metcalfe experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hosting
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 24/07/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 44.26 Outcome: Successful escape!

Do not be fooled. This room is rated 3/5 difficulty and posed as one of the easiest games on their website, however it was not easy by any stretch of the imagine. This room has LOADS to do.

Some rooms have a great mixture of math puzzles log puzzles, obvservation, physical puzzles etc. Cursed Carnival is very VERY padlock heavy (which we dont actually mind) and involves a lot of searching, (something else we dont actually mind)

Its greatly on theme throughout and the puzzles are perfectly logical. This actually turned out to be our favourite room of 4 that we played in one day (disturbed, dark magic and excalibur being the others)

Some people may be put off by the theme, however its purely there for theming and storyline, and not scary at all so perfectly suitable for all

TheEscapeBoomers expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2
beautifulgreat hosting

Nothing special, but another great starter game from BOL.

Jess_keds expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyfamily friendlyvery easy
Ollie C rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 21 Jul 2019 Team size: 3 Time taken: 48:15 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfamily friendlyquite easy

Fun room which will probably be great for beginners. Its quite linier in its flow without much walking backwards and forwards so always feels like you're progressing. The carnival theme is kept well throughout and it has a nice mix of puzzles that everyone can get involved in. The name "cursed" carnival and the description make it sound quite scary but it's not at all and would be suitable for families to enjoy. We had fun in this room and would recommend it.

grogu42 experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
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This room was okay, but it could have been so much more! Click the link to find out our thoughts!

A fun and lower difficulty room that is great for beginners and surprisingly very family-friendly, despite its supposedly creepy theme.

Rated as the easiest of Breakout Liverpool's games, we added Cursed Carnival to our schedule partly for the theme and partly just because it was available at a convenient slot time. With most of Breakout's games being on the easy side for experienced players, I was expecting Carnival to be brief and insubstantial, but was pleased to discover that it's actually one of their better games, and not noticeably shorter.

Every now and again an escape game gives you an item or clue before you go into t...

A reasonably well themed, not very scary carnival game. Good puzzles and a reasonable flow made this an enjoyable experience.

We have sinister dreams about a doll possessed by a little girl that wants us to help free her from a carnival. Can we save her?


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