Omescape: The Penitentiary

By | March 20, 2019

by Omescape (website)

Carnegie Street, N1 9QW

Central London

4-7 players

60 minutes

The ultimate prison break experience – escape the “Night Stalker’s” cell before it’s too late…
Water White, more commonly known as the “Night Stalker” is one of America’s most infamous serial killers. He was reported dead last year, but there is talk among the other prisoners of mysterious circumstances. An unexplained machine was found in the Night Stalker’s cell, and the prisoner who discovered it is now missing. As you enter the room, you realise you are trapped in Water White’s cell – it’s silent, cold and claustrophobic. Instantly you feel the urge to get out as soon as possible…
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Overall rating

Rated between 35 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 2 users
combined with 6 pro reviews

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As a rule I enjoy rooms for large teams less. Even with experienced players, it's difficult to co-ordinate effectively, and you end up spending too much time re-checking things that others have already looked at, or with some players less involved.
Penitentiary is only of one two exceptions to that. The puzzles kept all seven of us busy, splitting across multiple people well - and there was one section in particular that needs four people at the very least. That section was also a stand-out mom...
The hardest game in the Omescape stable, this was my favourite of their three and combined some nice mental puzzles with some physical aspects and good flow. Warning: requires reasonable mobility, so talk to them in advance if that's a concern.
Despite this room being a little creepy, it is in no way scary so I wouldn’t let that put you off.
Omescape is new to London but the company and their room designs are not, having a strong pedigree over in the US. Weirdly, that’s reflecting in our gaming experience. Omescape has a sparse, almost intimidating waiting room, which reflects the game themes quite well. It also comes with a variety of physical puzzles to play with while you wait, which is a nice touch. After a quick briefing we’re led to our cells and the escape begins.
We were taken into the room and all of a sudden felt like we were in prison! The theming was very good and were were fully immersed from the moment the door closed.
A Generally Awesome award winner, The Penitentiary is a challenging game that you need to bring your A-game for. Technically excellent, well-themed, and a genuinely difficult one to get through. New to escape games? ClueQuest is up the road…

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