Escape Hunt Basingstoke: Our Finest Hour

By | October 25, 2020

by Escape Hunt Basingstoke (website)

14B Festival Place, RG21 7BA

Basingstoke

2-6 players

60 minutes

Step into 1942, when the world is at war. The Nazis have developed a series of devastating new superweapons that could obliterate Britain and win the war at a stroke.
As MI6’s top agents you’ve been chosen to find and destroy these fiendish inventions before they destroy us. The latest news from HQ is that the superweapons are primed and ready to launch, so you have precisely 60 minutes to discover their location, destroy them and save Britain.
The stakes couldn’t be higher – take too long and there won’t be any Britain left to save.
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Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 14 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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MightyMidds experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Great game! 

Only flaw (as with many Escape Hunt games) was when the GM had to look/listen for us doing something to trigger the next step, rather than it being mechanical. Most of the time, this is fine, except when the GM isn't concentrating! 

There was also an instruction sheet for a puzzle that literally made no sense to us, to which the GM said 'yeah, a lot of people say that'.

Mark Jackson experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁
cleverstory-drivenintensequite difficult

Hard for just two players. Good story and very immersive

fraggle42 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Outcome: Failed 🙁
simonfinnie rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 30 Jul 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Failed 🙁
value for moneyfamily friendlyquite difficult

Good escape room with some really nice touches related to WWII, but we were slightly frustrated by a slightly illogical puzzle two-thirds of the way through and despite requesting assistance several times were left on our own for quite a while. The hosts outside the game were extremely friendly and professional, but unfortunately they weren't as available as we would have liked in the game itself. 

That said, we had a great time and intend to go back to play the Alice room!

Fiona Smith rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 24 Jul 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: DNF Outcome: Failed 🙁
beautifulhi-techcleververy difficult

Great room - have done quite a few and thought this was one of the most difficult (in a good way). It was just too clever for us in the end but every time we asked for a clue we were like ‘Ohhhh of course’ whereas sometimes you think ‘…well that’s a stretch.. never would have got that’. We were told we weren’t far from the end but I would have liked to have been shown (briefly - not the details of the clues) what we would have seen to get the full experience of the room.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 28/08/2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 6 Outcome: Successful escape!

The Finest Hour was a really good room, we had a perfect time! I would not recommend the room for more than 4 people due to the size of the rooms. It was 6 of us attempting that room which resulted in 2/3 people just standing aside on some puzzles as the room couldn't take more. I believe this room is my favourite World War themed room so far.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Siân O'Brien rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 31/08/2020 Team size: 5 Time taken: 57:36 Outcome: Successful escape!

This was amazing!! I love it. 

We had Luke as our GM again. He's brilliant. 

If I had one negative, it would be that we did reach points were 2 or 3 people would be working on a puzzle, and the others would have nothing to do. The theme and puzzles were great though. It was a tough room, with a climactic finish, and apparently only a 20% escape rate! 

I definitely recommend. 

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 14/08/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 55 Outcome: Successful escape!

If you have previously read my of Blackbeard's Treasure at this venue, then you will know that this is the game we were offered to play for free after the disaster that was "That" room. If you haven't read it yet, go read it now and then come back here.

So as you can imagine, my first impression of the company wasn't great in anyway shape or form, however we were pleasantly surprised with this room and they certainly have won us back.

This room was fairly challenging, having to use a lot of logic and everything was perfectly on theme. 

We did need a few gentle nudges in the right direction but with a little nudge in the right direction, we were soon back on track and our GM was really great at delivering clues. I would certainly recommend this room due to the teeming, decor and puzzle ingenuity 

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Escape Hunt is a name that enthusiasts may recognise from escaping trips abroad: they have venues in more than two dozen cities around the globe. They used to have a location in London, which shut down some years ago; but they've now re-launched in three UK cities with at least another three due to open. I didn't have a hugely favourable impression of their original London location, but early feedback on their new UK games was a lot more positive, so I was pleased to make a visit to their...
A solid game but one which, for me, never really took off with temperamental tech in the middle, use of technology that looked out of place for the theme, and a finale that was a bit flat. Nothing to ruin the game but enough to take the edge off of it.
I don’t know how this version compares with the six others country-wide, but we were pleased with the staging without being blown away

Overall, this was an outstanding escape room. If you only do one in your life, this might be a contender. If you want to do a lot and are looking for somewhere to start… honestly maybe don’t do this one first. I have a feeling it would make any subsequent ones you do a little less engaging.

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