Escape Hunt Kingston: The Fourth Samurai

By | May 31, 2021

by Escape Hunt Kingston (website)

Unit 2/6, Alderman Judge Mall, Eden Walk, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JB

Kingston upon Thames

2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Step into ancient Japan, where the imperial emperor has ordered you, his most trusted samurai warriors, to defeat the evil warlord Tanaka Masamune.

But be warned, Tanaka is no ordinary enemy; he is protected by a powerful curse that makes him invincible to even the strongest warrior. The only way to beat him is to steal the magic stone from the handle of his sword โ€“ but first you must escape from the dungeon his henchmen have thrown you into.

You have one hour to break free and complete your mission; any longer and you pay โ€“ with a fate worse than death.

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Provisionally rated between 25 and 35 out of 5

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Anonymous rated this:Rated between 10 and 10 out of 5
Played: 15 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: Under 30 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
broken techdangerousquite easy

Imagine a cell about 4 ft x 8 ft. And there are 6 people in it. Physically barred from the outside, with no emergency release. And the puzzle which you solve to get out of it is broken.

And the GM's running 3 games at the same time.

Welcome to the Fourth Samurai!

There are roughly 10 puzzles in this game, and 6 were broken. Some had been broken since May when they opened (4 months before).

There's no timer in the game, but from looking at our watches before we went in / when we came out, it was well under 30 mins.

The game was pretty, the story thin, there's only 1 physical lock and it mostly relies on the GM to hit a button to trigger things. When they're not looking at the 2 other games. And so, despite doing the "right thing" over and over, nothing happened.

All of the above is a pity, because I could see it as a good, solid game otherwise - although a bit easy for anyone who's not a beginner - if things hadn't been broken, it could have been a 15 min game.

Pagan Hollis rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 12 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49:04 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 23 May 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
broken techpoor hostingquite difficult

We made the mistake to attempt this room in their first week of opening. Tech was broken, some locks were open, some clues were placed in the wrong locations. We just had an absolute nightmare.

If you're visiting Escape Hunt, I'd highly recommend their other rooms that are excellent.

Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 20/04/2019 Time taken: 44:50:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
Tom experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 4 Time taken: 53.15 Outcome: Successful escape!

Another excellent Escape Hunt room! These guys go all out! The start of this game was really unusual! Felt a bit claustrophobic but it did add to the experience. Loved the help system and the way the games master keeps things immersive! 

Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 27/07/18 Team size: 5
Nicely themed room, with plenty of automation - but very short for anyone but new players. Even with plenty of mistakes we escaped in 35 minutes. With a few more puzzles this would be a very solid room.
๐Ÿฆกcipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Wei-Hwa Huang expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Ron Kagan expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: July 18th 2020
Siรขn O'Brien rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 14/08/2020 Team size: 3 Time taken: 43:46 Outcome: Successful escape!
clevergreat hostingquite easy

Firstly, first game back after Lockdown and I was very pleased and happy Covid guidelines are in place and adhered to. It's been hard getting back out there, after shielding with cancer, so this made me feel very protected and comfortable.

The game itself - brilliant. Nice bright room, great theme and the puzzles fitted the theme throughout. It was fun doing a room without padlocks! And it was atmospheric without being scary. 

I'd say in terms of difficulty, this is probably on the easier side of the spectrum, or maybe I'm just getting use to them! This was my first room with this company and I really liked them, and Luke the games master was lovely. I'll definitely be back! 

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I'd add a warning that this is a room well suited to playing as a pair, which could work less with with a bigger group - an early puzzle could become a frustrating bottleneck, since it's potentially time consuming and can only be tackled by one person at a time, and the rest is fairly linear. Most enthusiast pairs will also find it an entirely approachable level of difficulty.
Playing the same game on a later occasion and in a different location (Oxford), I found the aesthetics quietly appealin...
A solid game across the board - storyline, decoration, puzzles and finale were all good. If you want something that pushes the boundaries of escape rooms then go elsewhere but if it's enough to just be good throughout then it's a great choice.

I have to admit, The Fourth Samurai wasnโ€™t ever going to be my immediate choice of the Escape Hunt games 

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