Lucardo Manchester: Virginia House 0.5

By | February 28, 2020

by Lucardo Manchester (website)

Virginia House, 5-7 Great Ancoats Street, M4 5AD


2-4 players

60 minutes

A serial killer is on the loose. Every 45 minutes for the past 24 hours a murder has taken place. The killer has been leaving clues around the murder scenes, sending Scotland Yard around in circles. Your team has been granted access to the murder scene and is tasked with cracking the clues, riddles and puzzles to track down the next location before the murderer strikes again. An innocent life depends on you.
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 3 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

Player reviews

reviewed in Manchester
Scotus0 experienced says:

How to Solve a Life

This is the first time I did two escape rooms in the same day…the addiction is setting in! Having heard good things about Lucardo, I was excited to pay them my first visit.



A serial killer is on the loose. Investigate the latest murder scene to track down the next location s/he plans on striking to save a life. Rather than escaping a killer like most storylines, solving puzzles to find out the next target is a good little creative twist and gives you a clear end goal to work towards!


Cunning and rewarding. Teamwork was obligatory for some, which I always love to see. I was playing with a clever bunch and so one or two of the puzzles had been solved before I could so much as look at them.


Very dark, shadowy and chilling. It was difficult to appreciate all the décor due to the lack of light, but the feeling of being engrossed in the scene of a crime was there for me.

Final Comments

A team of four is just about right for this one.

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
reviewed in Manchester
Juliette B experienced says:

Fun room that we booked last minute after really enjoying a couple of other games at Lucardo. Difficult to do this theme well now as rather overused and didn't enjoy as much as the other 2 we did there but overall a great company and would recommend any of their rooms if you find yourself in Manchester.  Got very confused by one puzzle and a little too dark for my liking with searches but otherwise fun. 

Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
reviewed in Manchester
Allie Abbott says:

Another great room from Lucardo. Some parts were pretty creepy but it was great. Some of the puzzles really made you think outside the box! did it with just over 4 mins to spare. This is a typical Murder Mystery type room. You are a police investigator and the murderer has struck again - You have to inspect his latest crime scene to try and find the next victims postcode! so you're basically tearing the room apart for clues!

Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

A very solid escape room with a good number of decent puzzles but nothing that really stood out. A few rough edges along the way leaves it in that range of games where I'll still recommend people play but won't do so enthusiastically.
With the types of puzzles and the design choices, I would say this game is perfectly suited to small groups of enthusiasts (perhaps those that want to try their first room as a two) or larger groups of new players.
We found this to be one of the weaker Lucardo games we’ve played. We didn’t feel there was much variety in the puzzles and felt there was quite an anti-climactic ending.

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