Escape Reality Manchester: Ritual

By | August 31, 2019

by Escape Reality Manchester (website)

The Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS

Manchester

2-5 players

60 minutes

You and your friends are on holiday in a remote village in Europe. One night you are in a pub and you overhear some of the residents discussing that they have been seeing flickering lights and hearing strange chanting coming from the forest late at night. Believing it might be fun, you and your friends decide to go and have a look.
After a short walk in the forest, you spot a run-down old cabin that stands alone in the cold air. You step inside to find the cabin empty. The door suddenly slams closed behind you and locks, trapping you inside. Mysterious figures in black hoods begin to emerge from the trees. They are all members of a strange cult devoted to bringing a demon back into this world. For this to happen, your sacrifice is required. The ritual will last an hour, you don’t have much time to find a way out…
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Overall rating

Rated between 20 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 6 users

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Noahshez1 rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 29 Jul 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Failed 🙁
immersivefamily friendlyillogical😨creepy

some clues seemed to have no connection to their puzzles and the room is a little easy, as a first timer we missed escaping by 1 puzzle and it was because we overthought it. Other than that, the room is well themed and a great introduction to escape rooms for me and my friends

Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 15 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 39:57 Outcome: Successful escape!
Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 15 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 39:57 Outcome: Successful escape!
Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 12/03/20 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:26 Outcome: Successful escape!

A Lil Ritual

My last visit to Escape Reality (until they open a new room) and, with a full loyalty card, this game was free!
Story
Rumours about strange chanting in the forest leads you to a cabin in the woods. Once inside, the door locks and members of a cult surround it. Escape before they can sacrifice you as part of their ritual. Classic dumb-teenagers-in-a-horror-film behaviour.

Puzzles

The very first one had us absolutely stumped, which is unlike us. It was on the confusing side. Once that one was out of the way, we were up running, save for a couple more clues. It was a rudimental series of spoopy (spooky but cute) puzzles, with one or two making use of the gloomy atmosphere.

Mise-en-scene

This room had the feel of the witch’s cottage from Hansel and Gretel, with its beguiling furnishes and abundance of little knick-knacks and articles. The dim lighting contributed to the ominous vibe.  

Final Comments
We got out with less than a minute left on the clock. This isn’t the best room Escape Reality has to offer, but it certainly isn’t the worst. Ritual feels like it has been crammed into a spare utility room to monetise the extra space. Take no more than a team of four.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5

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