Escape London (Shadwell): Witchcraft and Wizardry

By | May 30, 2021

by Escape London (Shadwell) (website)

412 Commercial Rd, London E1 0LB

East London

2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Having graduated from the school of witchcraft and wizardry, you've suddenly been brought back. Only this time, you sense something sinister at work.

The professor has gone mad. Mad with power. You've been sealed inside the room and within an hour he will extract all magic from you. Stripped of your wand and powers, you must use your wits to retrieve your wand and escape before you lose all magic forever.

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escapermanic rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Katherine Gordon rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 05/12/2017 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Claire Stephens rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
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Jose Adrian experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: Team size: 2 Time taken: Outcome: Successful escape!
Maddie Lawton rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: Team size: 2 Time taken: Outcome: Successful escape!
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: Team size: 4 Time taken: Outcome: Successful escape!
Barry Hammond experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 13/10/2018 Team size: 4 Time taken: 37 Outcome: Successful escape!
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: Team size: 2 Time taken: 52.30 Outcome: Successful escape!
Martin Ellis rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Steph Jefford rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
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Witchcraft & Wizardry is certainly a pretty room, with plenty of fan service to those who like the Harry Potter franchise. It's also a noticeably small room, which means this is a game I'd recommend playing with a small team.
To my cynical eye it was rather heavily based on unlocking one padlocked drawer after another, with a few more red herring items than I can approve of. The rule that everything is used exactly once was broken in the other direction too, with an item being unexpectedly need...
A pretty room with a reasonable and nicely structured set of puzzles. Although it could most definitely be improved, we enjoyed our time in the game and, as London games go, it would sneak into my top half.
If things were running smoothly this is probably an ok room, particularly for children or new players. But if you’re an enthusiast I think you’ll find this room rather lacking and one to avoid.

In the almost-year since I’ve visited, but it definitely stands out as one of my favourites of 2020. I’d recommend this for a beginner team, a team of magic fans, or anyone wanting a satisfying escape room experience.

We needed a family-friendly room, and this fits the bill beautifully - minimal jeopardy in a fantastical yet cosily familiar world. 

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