Deadlocked Escape Rooms: The Insiders

By | March 31, 2020

by Deadlocked Escape Rooms Reading (website)

122 Castle Hill, Reading RG1 7RG


Languages: EN

3 x 90 mins
The Wexell Corporation has a problem right now. There’s a mole in the company, working against us with some very sensitive information and we need YOU to find out who’s been sneaking around where they shouldn’t.
Go solo or gather your closest confidants to take down THE INSIDERS before they go world-wide.
The Insiders is a unique, play-at-home escape room spanning across multiple days, and 3 ‘episodes’ of approximately 90 minutes each. Story-heavy, immersive, with oodles of challenging content, designed by us to keep you playing for hours at a time!
Whilst the physical escape rooms are closed at the moment, you can virtually escape the lockdown by buying it from the gift voucher section of our bookings page. Your adventure begins with a cryptic message within your confirmation email, as soon as you purchase, and whilst we do usually allow 3 days in between each episode to allow for a break, if you want to ‘binge’ it just like your favourite show, we’re not gonna judge you. Just let us know when you start your adventure that you’d like to play all episodes straight through!
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based on ratings from 68 users
combined with 8 pro reviews

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Kelley Wolatz experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 3 Time taken: 5 hours Outcome: Successful escape!
This is a fabulous play at home game. Everyone who likes Puzzles should play this. It is quite immersive for a story you print and play at home. Highly recommend . We played with three and it took us about 5 hours I think.
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 11/05/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

3 part digital ER game with mixture of online, paper and computer game elements. One puzzle which has been by far my favourite experience of online gaming in lockdown (along the lines of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes) which evoked the opposite emotion of frustration in my other half. Some parts felt a little drawn out/repetitive but overall, cannot deny the fantastic value you get for £10 with this game. Didn't time ourselves across the 3 parts -  around the 3 hour mark though. 

egnor expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Reasonably well designed and extensive, but the puzzles are fairly classic and get rather grindy. Bonus points for a cute ending that pulls together a lot of the craftwork.
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 16/5/20 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁

Best online escape room we've done yet. Really challenging but great fun.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 2

Best escape room we've done since the lockdown for sure. Kudos to the creators of the game for coming up with such cool puzzles and mechanics!

edventure rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 2/5/2020 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Superb game. Best one we have played online. Very slick. Please build some more!!!

shasha experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 1.5.2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 5:30:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

One of the best online puzzle games I've every played, some parts are really clever, some parts bloody difficult but overall such a great sense of achievement when you finish. Highly recommend everyone to give it a try, a must-play for less than a tenner and will take you a good 3-4 hours if not more.

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Half the world is sheltering indoors from a pandemic sweeping the globe - not the plot of an escape game but the sad reality we find ourselves in. With physical escape rooms off limits, many companies are creating games which can be played over the internet in some form. The Insiders is one of the first such games, though frankly the quantity of content looks like it was created over a considerably longer period. A disclaimer: the game's creators are good friends of mine, though naturally this r...

If you haven’t already been convinced to try The Insiders, I don’t know what else I can say. It is without a doubt the best play at home game we have taken on to date. The Insiders is surprisingly immersive, incredibly clever, and just downright fun

"Insiders" was by far one of our favorite digital escape game that we've played so far (we've done about 50 now). This game incorporated pretty much everything we've seen in terms of types of puzzles.

Smiles all round and a fantastic sense of completion at the end! After The Insiders, play at home escape rooms will never be the same again. It’ll be a tall order for any escape room company to live up to the brilliance of this one.
We have to uncover the mole at Wexell Corporation with the aid of printed materials and online sleuthing in our longest experience to date!
Remarkably prescient game name, really. I don’t know if, when they began work on their new ‘virtual’ Escape Room, Deadlocked had foreseen a fairly captive audience. But, with the release rushed forward to keep their business afloat during the current difficult times, they have found a diamond for the zeitgeist.
What. A. Game. Enjoyable and frustrating in equal measure. This is the Moriarty to everyone’s escape room Sherlock. It will get the better of you but ultimately you’ll come out triumphant. It’s a real roller coaster of a game but one you really need to ride. If there Reading rooms are anything like this, we will be queuing by the door the first day they open when this lock down shenanigans ends

The first two-thirds of this game were a lot of fun and did a great job of making me feel like a clever hacker, trying to penetrate a corporate website, while coordinating with my person on the inside. However, the third part of the game felt like hitting a brick wall. 

Overall, The Insiders is something unique and complex. Creating a new sub section of play at home escape room games, it contained everything you would need to recreate a real life escape room virtually. This is extremely hard to achieve with not being in a themed room as such however, if you take the heavily detailed storyline, the complex, clever puzzles and the use of technology combined, it creates what we have just experienced. 

I've been meaning to play The Insiders for months, I knew from the reviews that it was going to be an excellent game and it didn't disappoint!


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