Escape Nation: The Citadel

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Nation (website)

1st Floor, 18 Martin Street, ST16 2LG

Stafford

2-6 players

60 minutes

The year is 2321, Earths population has spread out into space. Mega-corporations have built space stations throughout the galaxy.
You have not long arrived on-board a Citadel class space station owned by the Federal Defence Union (FDU). The main function of this Citadel is scientific research and development.
The night you arrived, the stations Artificial Intelligence (AI) was beginning to malfunction. And now, only one week later, the Citadel's main power has just shutdown, and the backup generator has come online.
The doors won't open, communications don't work, and you can hear some unusual noises from other parts of the space station.
Can you escape before the backup generator goes offline and you're trapped on-board forever?
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samsham experienced rated this:Rated between 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
Played: 15 Jun 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 55:02 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Petrina Deakin rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 20 Sep 2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 59.20 Outcome: Successful escape!
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🦑cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: March 2024 Outcome: Successful escape!
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PuzzleParagon rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
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πŸ”James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 09/03/2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A Blacksmith expert rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 31 Jul 2022 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Spanishfleas experienced rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 25 Nov 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 39 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclever

First room of our 11 room stint and it was a great start. The room just made sense and flowed so well. It’s non linear setup plays to our strengths as a group of 4. No hints needed which shows how well the experience has been constructed. Great owners. Definitely recommend seeking out. 

TheCLAMS expert rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 27 Oct 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: ~31 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
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roberts0502 experienced rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
Played: 10 Oct 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersivestory-driven
Another exhilarating and rewarding escape room from Escape Nation Stafford! The Citadel is an immersive sci-fi experience, almost like stepping into a Ridley Scott movie set. With fun and complex puzzles and a compelling storyline, everything in this room serves a purpose. The welcoming hosts and top-notch clue system make this an unforgettable experience for escape room enthusiasts of all levels. A must-try in Stafford!
fraggle42 experienced rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 29 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A hat tip here to the review blog Brit of an Escape Habit, since without their recommendation I probably wouldn't have decided to make a stop at Stafford on my journey north, and in the event I very much liked both the town and the escape room.

Escape Nation's first game is set in space, and The Citadel is the name of the space station on which you find yourselves. Naturally, all is not well. Genre traditions demand that if you have a shadowy interst...

A fun, sci-fi-themed game with good theming, really enjoyable puzzles and moments of humour. If you’re in the area then it’s well worth dropping in.
With an impressive narrative driving the game forward, tasks hinted at what might have befallen the Citadel. Strong puzzles, great GMs and strong narrative, The Citadel was incredibly enjoyable
When things β€˜click’ in an escape room, it always makes a room more appealing. As a group of 4, it was surprising that we all seemed to gel with the puzzle flow and the use of logic in the room. This was one of those rooms where you kept seeing new puzzles that were yet to come, which can be distracting as you get excited about the puzzles still to solve, whilst you are still figuring out the previous puzzle. 

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