Escape Hunt Cheltenham: Our Finest Hour

By | November 28, 2020

by Escape Hunt Cheltenham (website)

Unit D1, The Brewery Quarter, High St, Cheltenham GL50 3FF


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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based on ratings from 49 users
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Catherine Chamberlain rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 5 Feb 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55 minutes Outcome: Successful escape!

I was really excited to play this as I'd done other escape hunt rooms and enjoyed them. 

Unfortunately, it felt badly designed. The way the puzzles worked wasn't clear, even with instructions for some of the systems it didn't make any sense. 

Not sure if our host was very attentive. We picked up the phone once with no response. Then the second time they responded. We aren't sure if they should have the first time? 

We also had a different game master start our session and then a different one at the end. 

We weren't offered a team photo either. 

Not terribly impressed unfortunately. 

2For1 experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 10 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 68:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
clevergreat hostingintensequite difficult
Jordan Brown experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 7 Jan 2022 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingbroken tech
leighton_87 rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

One of the best Escape Hunt games

An opportunity to be a great game let down by poor maintenance and overuse

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'.

Alice Lucy rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 39:28 Outcome: Successful escape!
jakea256 expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
beautifulgreat hostingpoor signpostingquite difficult

The room really felt authentic, all puzzles were fitting with the theme and felt like they were there to progress the story. A lot of the puzzles were poorly signposted meaning we weren't sure if we had successfully completed them or not. Aside from this our GM was really lovely and chatted for a while afterwards too. 

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 24/03/18
Jen Wells (Get Wells Soon) expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

This is a decent room and there is one particular element that is incredible! Lovely puzzles and a good amount of challenge that fitted in with the theme and kept the two of us occupied.

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

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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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