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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Rated between 4 and 4.5 out of 5

based on ratings from 35 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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A Blacksmith expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 31 Jul 2022 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 14 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 44:19 Outcome: Successful escape!
nicegirl4u rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 20 Sep 2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 59.20 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Laura McGill expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 14 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 55:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
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TheLosersClub rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginalepicquite difficult

A truly great room for those who are fans of tech πŸ™‚ we had an absolute blast.

Challenging enough without being too much.

Adam Bravery expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 21 Sep 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 39:54 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginalimmersive

Booked last minute and had an amazing time playing. The theme and set is fantastic, with some great props and atmospheric soundtrack. Puzzles were great and forced some out of the box thinking, plus were really well signposted. This venue have a wonderful feature that ensures you are solving a puzzle correctly without asking for a hint. Our GM was great and really chatty. Overall, a fantastic game that should be on the wishlist for any enthusiast! 

Tim Cooper expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 12 May 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 50:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginalimmersive

My favourite of the two at this venue. I am usually a bit wary of Sci-Fi themed games because of the type of puzzles that are regularly involved. In this game, however, I was completely  won over by the flow of the game and the massive variety of puzzle types used throughout. It definitely felt immersive, fun and the puzzles were all logical. The kind of game an experienced team could quite easily get through without any hints and still feel accomplished at the end. Fantastic! My favourite Science Fiction themed game I've played to date!

matt_keds expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 18 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 47 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersive

#58

Another great immersive room, lots of puzzles and a wide variety of them. The set decoration is fab too, 10/10 quality. Lots of padlocks but they go unnoticed, even you’re not a fan of them, you’ll still love this.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 11 Apr 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Anonymous expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 3

I really nice game, a great array of puzzles which were intuitive, varied, and well thought out.

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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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