Jan Tleskac was an apprentice locksmith who claimed to have invented a flying bicycle. He met his death in mysterious circumstances, falling from the tower of St Jacob’s church. Years later a young boy stumbled across a suitcase containing Tleskac’s diary and a mysterious puzzle which Tleskak called “The Hedgehog in the Cage”. The boy and his friends hid the puzzle in their clubhouse where they received a visit from a masked man claiming to be the rightful owner of the puzzle. The boys ran home and reported the masked man to the police. Failing to believe such a story, the boys were dismissed. But, during the night, the officers become curious and decide to visit the clubhouse. You and your team have one hour to find the mysterious puzzle and the secret it hides before the masked man returns. Could Tleskac really have invented a flying bicycle?
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Played: 28 Dec 2021Team size: 2Time taken: 63:05Outcome: Successful escape!
Played the new version opened in Cambridge (same chain). Elegant simple set and nice back story. In terms of puzzles the game is largely linear (would not recommend >2 if experienced) and fairly old school so there will be little that you will not have experienced before in one way or another; so saying, the game itself was fun and we enjoyed the ending. Not amazing hosting (GM struggled with concept of a hint so the one time we asked for a pointer, she just told us the answer rather than something more subtle).
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You might find the backstory for this game a little perplexing: it involves a boy called Jan Tleskac who has a flying bicycle, and a certain puzzle called 'the Hedgehog in the Cage'. It is in fact based on a series of Czech 1940s children's stories, which gives away the Czech origin of the game's design. That design also shows through in its style.
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