Escape Hunt Cheltenham: Our Finest Hour

By | November 28, 2020

by Escape Hunt Cheltenham (website)

70 Edinburgh Pl, Cheltenham GL51 7SE

Cheltenham

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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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!
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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. 

Michael Faultless rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Outcome: Failed 🙁
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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'.

Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 20/04/2019 Time taken: 36:24:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
Tom experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 4 Time taken: 59.40 Outcome: Successful escape!

Took my parents along to this one, they were worried before that we would be playing against each other haha! It is a brilliant room, the theme and props and atmosphere are perfect. The challenge is tough and some great surprises here!

Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
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 

Siân O'Brien rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 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. 

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
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.

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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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