Breakout Manchester: Cursed Carnival

By | May 28, 2019

by Breakout Manchester (website)

51 Church Street, M4 1PD

Manchester

2-5 players

60 minutes

Roll up, roll up! The Cursed Carnival has come to town, promising thrills, chills and marvels! There are games to be played and wonders to be seen - but you're drawn by something much more sinister...
Can you return Francesca the Haunted Doll to her home in the freak show before the hour is up? Or will the carnival's curse follow you forever...
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Overall rating

Rated between 35 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 20 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting
Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 01/09/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 42:07 Outcome: Successful escape!

Cursed? More Like Cute...

I went for this room as I like a spooky challenge. Little did I know...

Story

Return to the cursed carnival to rescue a doll possessed by a girl...or is that a girl trapped in a doll? Even so, our Game Operator said our mission was to find said doll to sell it on the black market. Who knows.

Puzzles

Straightforward, standard solving with the odd carnival game or two thrown in.

Mise-en-scène

There were plenty of circus-themed articles, but none had been given the horror twist I expected. The Hall of Mirrors was a highlight.

Final Comments

We bossed it as a team of two. No one else is needed. In relation to 'Cursed', the name is very inaccurate, but as for 'Carnival', it's spot on. The difficulty rating should be two stars, not three. Overall, a chilled and amusing room.

Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 15 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 24:20 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyfamily friendlyquite easy
Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 15 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 24:20 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyfamily friendly
flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy

A fun, slightly eerie experience. The carnival theme is great throughout. The decor and props work well to create  a good atmosphere. I was expecting it to be a bit scary and jumpy, but it wasn't.

There are some nice games in here and it kept the 2 of us entertained. A fairly easy game though, larger experienced teams may finish it quite quickly. 

roberts0502 rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 16 Nov 2019 Team size: 5 Time taken: 45:00:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersiveintense👻scary
Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 24/07/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 44.26 Outcome: Successful escape!

Do not be fooled. This room is rated 3/5 difficulty and posed as one of the easiest games on their website, however it was not easy by any stretch of the imagine. This room has LOADS to do.

Some rooms have a great mixture of math puzzles log puzzles, obvservation, physical puzzles etc. Cursed Carnival is very VERY padlock heavy (which we dont actually mind) and involves a lot of searching, (something else we dont actually mind)

Its greatly on theme throughout and the puzzles are perfectly logical. This actually turned out to be our favourite room of 4 that we played in one day (disturbed, dark magic and excalibur being the others)

Some people may be put off by the theme, however its purely there for theming and storyline, and not scary at all so perfectly suitable for all

Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 2016 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

We escaped the Cursed Carnival at Breakout Liverpool back in 2016 with Team Raging Clue. We picked this room as it was the easiest one according to the stats, so we can slowly and surely build up to the most difficult rooms.   The layout of the room itself wasn’t that bad, with new surprises at each corner and a nice carnival soundtrack. We had a good fair amount of laughs throughout our 44 minutes of game but I regret few things: – the lights being maybe too bright indulging a bit the atmosphere of what could have been a really creepy carnival room; – some puzzles were a bit far-fetched (and even after sleeping on it, we still haven’t understand their logic). – and finally, the ending was a bit of a let down: the door opened by itself before we finished completing the last puzzle… !   We first thought someone opened it by mistake as we were still trying to sort out our last puzzle!

ratsontour expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 13 Oct 2019 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy
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We have sinister dreams about a doll possessed by a little girl that wants us to help free her from a carnival. Can we save her?

Rated as the easiest of Breakout Liverpool's games, we added Cursed Carnival to our schedule partly for the theme and partly just because it was available at a convenient slot time. With most of Breakout's games being on the easy side for experienced players, I was expecting Carnival to be brief and insubstantial, but was pleased to discover that it's actually one of their better games, and not noticeably shorter.
Every now and again an escape game gives you an item or clue before you go into t...
A reasonably well themed, not very scary carnival game. Good puzzles and a reasonable flow made this an enjoyable experience.

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