Deadlocked Escape Rooms Reading: The Time Machine

By | November 30, 2019

by Deadlocked Escape Rooms Reading (website)

122 Castle Hill, RG1 7RG


2-6 players

90 mins
The Wexell Corporation have designed a Time Machine, but unfortunately the first group to head into it never returned. Their actions have left rifts in time, altering history and the future in ways that we cannot fathom. The only way to save the world as we know it is to fix the Time Machine, but you’ll only have one minute to do so. If you fail, the machine will need to charge up before you can try again. Your only help is a small friendly robot called Wexie, and the Time Machine herself, who will try to spit you out in different timezones to try to teach you how to fix her.
A 90 minute adventure suitable for those that want to savour an experience, and fans of Doctor Who and sci-fi will love this.
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Overall rating

Rated between 40 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 3 users
combined with 3 pro reviews

Player reviews

Roory experienced says:

Every now and then, an escape room excites or astonishes me - however, it has been a while since a room has made me genuinely happy while playing through it.

Cannot recommend enough, excellent puzzles/story/design throughout - of personal note was the fantastic music throughout the experience which I would happily listen to again.

Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Brian experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Anonymous says:

Absolutely loved this room. 

The premise - you are in a time machine that will reset in 60 seconds - is new to me (which is always nice). The flow of the puzzles is excellent and while the room is clearly handmade (everything is made in house) it does not detract from the experience. I don't want to give anything away but when you see the last section it was a "wow, how did they do that?" moment for us. 

The room only takes four people (which shows Deadlocked's commitment to art vs money). The size of the room also means that you know pretty much everything that happens - for me I like to understand the whole thread of the story and puzzles so this was a big plus for me. 

We would love to have taken Wexie home with us! One of the most adorable game guides I have seen!

Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

Time Machine is definitely the first game I’ve seen that claims a 60 second time limit - but of course there’s more to it than that. The time-warping plot actually has a 90 min limit in total; I won’t spoil details of the 60 second thing, but it’s a smart idea that provides the backbone of a game that is structured as a series of shorter vignettes.
For disclosure purposes I should make clear that the owners of Deadlocked are good friends of mine, and knowing that Time Machine is their pa...
With only 60 seconds to fix the time machine, this isn’t your ordinary room. Technically a 90 minute experience, sci-fi fans will likely find lots to love about The Time Machine (we did)

We have just 60 seconds to fix a broken time machine before rifts in time change the world forever. Can we, and our robot helper, succeed?

Great Scott! This game was fun. Structurally, Deadlocked did something utterly genius with Time Machine. While it was functionally a 90-minute escape room, narratively it was a 60-second escape room. Because time travel. It’s the kind of idea that’s so good that I know tons of creators will read this and wish that they had come up with it.

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