Escape Reading: Ram Raid

By | May 28, 2019

by Escape Reading (website)

92B Audley Street, RG301BS

Reading

2-6 players

60 minutes

Just borrowed some money from some bad people. You thought you’d gotten away with it, but they tracked you down and now they are calling in their debts. You have one hour to get them their million.
Fail in your task, and prison will be the least of your worries.
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Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 17 users
combined with 1 pro review

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Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 22 Jul 2022 Team size: 4
fun concept, some great dramatic moments and props. little bit worse for wear with an older set
😺Lianne experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 17 Sep 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59m Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverintense

A fun take on the 'collect as much as you can' type of escape room, meaning you can keep going till the very end. The heist theme was definitely implemented better than other similar ones we'd done elsewhere.

Challenging as a two, because at points you could easily have 4 people working on different puzzles, so we were stretched at times. Having said that the GM helped chivvy us along so that we were able to keep on track, and we were pleased to have solved all but one 'extra' puzzle.

The puzzles were fairly unique, clever and robust. We liked the soundtrack that matched the momentum and intensity too, and clever hint systems. There were other little touches that made it good fun (which I won't say any more on as I don't want to spoil it for others!)

Jamie Sawyer rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 07/08/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 38:10 Outcome: Successful escape!

Escape Reading have been around for a few years now, and have recently refurbished their original location (on the Oxford Road, near Tesco) with a very fresh look, and a brand new room to explore.

Entering the site, it was almost shocking how much it had changed - gone was the old-style "we've stuck a couple of rooms in a rented space above a welders", and the whole place has been repainted, reorganised, flashy lights and (I appreciate this sounds silly) charging cables for your phones inside the lockboxes for escapees.  Our host (Jacob) gave us a well-themed brief that we were off to rob a bank for convoluted reasons, and off we went, through the door, and... Wow.  Avoiding spoilers here, but the themeing was utterly on point, huge amounts of custom work that's been put in (including a number of utterly massive props that fit amazingly, and custom branding throughout), and it really did feel like a legitimate bank.

For the puzzles, they all drew off the theme well, and were challenging without being obtuse.  The tech level was great, with maglocks galore and some very nice custom computer work.  The robbery escalates throughout, with a finale that reminded me somewhat of a boss rush in Megaman, causing absolute chaos for our reasonably experienced (2 of us with >30 rooms, 2 with 5-10) team.  Throughout the room, we didn't feel like we got stuck at all (barring us missing a really obvious sign, that we had to be prompted on!), and the pacing and puzzles kept all 4 of us busy for the duration.  For less experienced teams, the room does come with a mechanic allowing for partial completion of the room, which in context makes a lot of sense.

Escape Reading have been pushing further and further with each room they release, and this room has really tipped the scales, putting it in my top 5 rooms (alongside both of CoDecode's rooms (Swindon), Time Trap's Station X (Reading) and Cryptology's First Contact (Sheffield)).  We're super-excited about what they bring next (with their magic-themed room coming "soon")!

Brian experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
Nick James rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 16/08/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:55 Outcome: Successful escape!

This is a very enjoyable room with a variable difficulty setting ensuring that even with experience there is plenty to fill your time (we escaped with £900,000/no clues). Had some genuine adrenaline later on in the game and definitely a buzz from the finish - some great ideas in this game, and had a lovely GM host us who was clearly passionate about playing ERs as well. 

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
fraggle42 experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 2 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-driven
abunai expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5

Loved this room. Totally immersive and a real adrenaline rush.

Mia Rabone experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivegreat hosting

This room is in my top 3 UK rooms (out of 50 or so i've completed). It's a must-do! 

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Many venues invest greater amounts of money and tech in each new game they create. I think that’s true of Escape Reading too, but they’ve also shown something rarer and more important: an ever-improving ability to make their games engaging, logical and high-energy.
My initial impression was that Ram Raid’s decor aims more for realism than for wow factor; but that first impression underestimated it. This is of course a heist game, named for the smash-and-grab style of robbery, with a background ...
All the puzzles are varied, fun, bang-on theme and delightfully interactive, and the staging is excellent in it’s design and delivery. There was plenty for the four of us to do

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