Compendium Escape Rooms: Bedlam

By | June 30, 2019

by Compendium Escape Rooms (website)

1a Crompton St, BL9 0AD

Bury

2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Bentham Asylum has been standing since the 1900's. In 1950 Bentham was given the nickname Bedlam because of the events that happened in those 50 years and in 1974 cell P23 was mysteriously locked without an explanation as to why. Bedlam has secrets that need to be uncovered. You and your team are top journalists and experts in your feild, you have been tasked with uncovering the secrets that are held behind cell P23's walls. Can you go undercover, get in the cell undetected and escape with the documents that will uncover the secrets of Bedlam?
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based on ratings from 34 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

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spbc expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 21 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
fun
Anonymous expert rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
great hosting
samsham experienced rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
Played: 24 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:49 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneystory-drivengreat hosting
A Blacksmith expert rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
Played: 11 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 35:38 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivestory-drivenquite difficult
This was a tricky room, well themed with some good puzzles. A bit of crawling but not too bad, it got us scratching our heads a few times, but that's never a bad thing. Definitely worth a visit. 
browngate experienced rated this:Rated between 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
TheCLAMS expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 29 Oct 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: ~45 mins
😨creepy

I feel sad rating this so low but we just didn't vibe with this room like we did all the others at compendium. Again, the theming is excellent (you're in an actual padded cell!) but there were a lot of padlocks but no clue as to which one you should put the code in so there was a lot of trial and error which was frustrating at times. 

ashpf experienced rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
roberts0502 experienced rated this:Rated between 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
Played: 20 Sep 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersiveintensequite difficult😨creepy
TheEscapeBoomers expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
original

Another great game from Compendium - An older room, but just hold up against their newest additions to the centre.

Speedy Sloth expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
originalimmersivegreat hosting
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Visiting Compendium to binge all four of their games as part of a larger schedule, we started with the insane asylum theme, which I guess is rather suitable for anyone trying to do eight escape rooms in a day. All the rooms in the venue looked good, and Bedlam made an immediate good impression: rather than clinical bare white decor or being derelict and dirty, it uses padded walls to great effect, and lighting that’s low enough to be atmospheric without being a problem.

We got off to a slightly...

With excellent set design, fantastic game flow, and satisfying puzzles, Bedlam stands out amongst its peers as my favourite game at Compendium. (Okay, maybe it’s tied with UI-55, but that game is an entirely different beast, and not quite your traditional escape room.) 

I am really not a horror fan. I am a massive coward, so the idea of doing not just one, but two ‘scary’ rooms was a little daunting. However, we spoke to the Compendium team prior to booking who assured me there would be no live actors or jump scares, so we went ahead and booked. Bedlam definitely fits into the ‘creepy’ and suspenseful area of ‘scary’, with atmospheric background music/sounds that felt extremely immersive. I actually found myself really enjoying this! The combination of dingy lighting, a chair with handcuffs, and random screams in the background helped set the mood and get the adrenaline running before any puzzles have taken place.

Another excellent game from Compendium. Good puzzles, good theming and a nice humorous twist.

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