The Escapologist Castleford: Vertic Ally & The Parlour of Secrets

By | September 26, 2021

by The Escapologist Castleford (website)

Xscape, Colorado Way, WF10 4TA


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Oh No! One Wrong Turn and Down the Wrong Alley you Went... No spell book or wand with you, and no idea where you are! With just your wits about you, you’re going to have to puzzle your way through the shops and uncover the mysteries of the Parlour of Secrets in time – you’ve got a very important train to catch! Don’t be late!
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Rated between 30 and 35 out of 5

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shona panks experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5

Best looking wizard room I’ve played but so many broken parts to the room. It really needs a mini makeover to repair certain parts. A couple of puzzles had no signposting but managed to escape so wasn’t too bad

The Monkey expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!

2 parts just really didn't flow. Nothing to point you in the right direction. Themed well but as with most rooms in this franchise, the rooms fall to bits in your hands. 

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 29 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!
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The Escapologist at Xscape Castleford has a  new beautifully designed entrance area containing an almost steampunk vibe bar and cafe. There is a great variety of rooms on offer at this location that are suitable for all audiences. The experience began promptly with a briefing inside the first room of the game. you are welcomed by and incredibly well themed alleyway set outside of a magic wand shop. The first part of the game is to figure out how to get inside. The rooms were beautifully themed throughout and offered a few truly challenging moments. Don’t be fooled by the magical ‘Harry Potter’ inspired theme, this is not an easy game only designed for kids! Although younger wizards will likely love this game, certain puzzles are certainly fooling and take some serious thinking about! We managed to get through the first section and and into the wand shop quickly with ease but then hit a road block not entirely sure where to go next. I particularly rooms where you progress through different areas and this rooms layout made that especially fun. You really do need to look at everything and take some of the wordings on signs and posters very literally. Some of the props where very fragile and unfortunately already a little damaged in a few places due to previously heavy handed players.

We did need to ask for a hint at one point before we were able to progress through into the next room. We generally don’t like the ‘standing in front of a CCTV camera and waving your arms about’ approach when needing to ask for a clue. Unfortunately this was the method used here. I feel this very distracting from the otherwise immersive experience and also makes you feel rather silly. A much more magical and clever approach could be utilised here. The response time after asking for the hint was also extremely slow during our game. Hints appear on a standard TV screen in the first room.

The overall experience did a good job of mixed old school riddles, classic escape room tricks, logic puzzles and even elements of technology very well. There was a section that stumped us that we feel maybe had a very misleading red herring or two, however we still very much enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend to any Harry Potter fan that has maybe done at least an escape room or two before. 

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