The Panic Room Harlow: CSI – The Mafia Murders

By | March 31, 2019

by The Panic Room Harlow (website)

1-5 Harvey Centre Approach, CM20 1HF


2-8 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

2 copies

Deaf friendly - contact the venue for details🐶👶
CSI - The Mafia Murders is our brand new mystery escape room!
Even better, we are making 2 identical games so that you can book it for parties, events and corporate events!
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 10 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

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Player reviews

abooth expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 4 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 44 Outcome: Successful escape!

This one's ok, but there isn't a great deal to do or see and it involves a lot of reading. One puzzle wasn't reset properly so our host had to run in and interrupt us.

Ronnie Meade experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

A decent enough room with a mystery to solve and clues helping you to find the killer. An improvement on defective detective but not carrying any real excitement factor. 

bradyo rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 18 Jul 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:24
immersivestory-drivengreat hostingquite difficult

This is a murder mystery room set in prohibition-era New York. We were given the intro by Jess who was absolutely brilliant as a host, one of the best we've had. Super friendly, and really into her role as GM - saying that if we needed clues we'd need to ask for them via walkie-talkie in full New York accent. Unsurpisingly her accent was considerably better than mine!

The room looked great upon entry, and most importantly, it was a cool temperature! This was the first room we've been in where we've not been sweltering hot throughout. They nailed the immersive decoration and had some appropriate, non-intrusive music playing throughout the hour. 

The story was good although as you've got to whittle down from a choice of 11 suspects, it can get a little convoluted at times. Our biggest issue was that there was a lot of papers to keep track of, some with various bits of information that aren't used straight away so it was a little difficult for us to keep going through the papers each and every time looking for what we needed. 

The clues were about the right amount of difficulty for groups that are experienced with escape rooms. The puzzles are generally non-linear and are quite abstract in some places so provided a bit of a challenge in that respect, but I enjoyed that aspect of it nonetheless. However, I think because of this, for first timers this room may be a little difficult.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable room. It was one of the more difficult we've done and we certainly didn't think we were going to finish when we had 5 mins left, so were happy to have won before the deadline! Again, I'd like to reiterate how good Jess was as GM, she really gave the room that little bit extra. We will be back soon to try the other rooms!

jakea256 expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
quite easy
Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Matt C experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 26/01/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:42 Outcome: Successful escape!

A really fun cluedo type escape room!

Story - there's been a shooting in a mafia club by 2 shooters (1 escaped and 1 dead) everyone in the club was dead. There was 11 possible suspect you have 60 mins to find out who is the 2 killers.

Theming - I quite like the theming as you're in a mafia club but it was a little bit empty to make it look like a proper club. It was every clean and I love the music.

Puzzle - to find out information about each victim/suspect are lock in evidence box with a padlock which will help you to find out what happen to that individual. They were some creative puzzles that I really enjoy.

Clue system - via walkie talkie 

Positive - I really enjoy the puzzle (they weren't that easy) some of most creative detective puzzle I've seen. The music/theming was great and the GM was in character which make our experiences alot better.

Negative - the information about each suspect was lacking, quite empty room and the audio was a little bit too quiet.

Overall experience - I really enjoyed this room, for some reason  we struggle during the first 20 mins once we knew what we was doing then we was finish puzzle faster. I highly recommend to give this room a go bring at least 4 players.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 10 and 10 out of 5
Mike S expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Robin Harris & Michael Bailey experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 19/04/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45 minutes Outcome: Successful escape!

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Reviews by escape room review sites

A bit run down in places and we think it used to do more than it currently does, CSI will keep you busy and isn’t a bad way to spend your hour, but one puzzle needs ‘fixing’
The art deco theme was nice with some good pieces of furniture – I especially liked the bar! This one is a bit of a murder mystery (no spoilers as that’s kinda in the name) rather than a classic escape room so you find evidence and clues to solve the crime
On starting the second play at home CSI game from The Panic Room, I assumed it would be very similar to the first - but no, or at least not exactly. The platform used to deliver the game is the same, of course - the same system of solve a puzzle, enter a code to progress to the next step of information and the next puzzle. It also has in common that much of the clue information you're presented with is only used later on, for the final resolution of the murder mystery. However, although in both ...
With lots of evidence to work through, decent puzzles, and a solid ending; if you want a game that will make you feel like a detective, then this game is a good shout.

When all is said and done, its safe to say we loved this game. Its a very well rounded, well produced online game, with stacks of strong puzzles and a great story line. A great game for enthusiasts and new comers alike, this online experience certainly put the bullet in our gun!  

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