Escape Hunt Lakeside: Alice In Puzzleland

By | November 24, 2021

by Escape Hunt Lakeside (website)

Lakeside shopping centre Unit 2-5, THURROCK RM20 2ZP

West Thurrock

2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes


The Mad Hatter is in trouble. Save him from the Queen of Hearts without losing your heads.
Step into Wonderland, where the Hatter has been accused of stealing the Queen’s Tarts. With Alice nowhere to be seen, it’s time for you to fill her shoes.

You find yourself at the Hatter’s cottage. The table is set but no one is around.

A sign on the lawn reads ‘Tea Party Cancelled by Royal Decree’. Curiouser and curiouser…

Find and return the Queen’s Tarts in 60 minutes, or it’s off with the Hatter’s head. Chop chop.
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Provisionally rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

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Alice Lucy rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 10 Oct 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 38:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 22.08.21 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:20 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulillogicalbroken techvery easy

Overview: Good looking game with easy, but illogically linked puzzles, some disrepair/fixes needed with poor lighting & temperature control.


- Hint system wasn't greatly integrated. An audio feed from the GM in character didn't fully translate. There wasn't much in the way of signposting to the next puzzle and we had to rely on asking for help whenever the next puzzle was unclear. The puzzles themselves were quite easy, so little sense of achievement.

- Way too hot (and unable to be adjusted), to the point where my throat went dry and I just wanted to get out to have a drink! The lighting was also so poor that it made reading or seeing any pattern/colour differences impossible for me.

- Quite a bit of disrepair: For example, at least 3 of these led to us wondering if we needed to use a broken piece, not use it or fix it somehow (distracting from the real puzzles) One puzzle was supposedly colour coded, but the paint was so dull and worn that it barely appeared coloured at all (especially in the very low light) Another had broken completely requiring narrower than most adult-sized hands areas to be accessed - not fun. For a company this size with people dedicated to upkeep of the rooms, this seems poor.


- Our host, Grace was welcoming, helpful (before, during and after the game) and happy to discuss everything (without her, it possibly would have been a lower score)

- It was well themed, very clearly in Wonderland/Puzzleland. Visually very pleasant - Nice props & artwork throughout and soothing background audio throughout.

- Though the puzzles weren't that well linked, there were some good ideas and we enjoyed the wordy ones.

MightyMidds experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
🦡cipherdelic expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
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Ellie rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 19/12/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Our favourite of the Escape Hunt games played so far. Gamesmaster was friendly and the Cheltenham venue is open and welcoming. Lovely props, decent puzzles and good links to the Alice in Wonderland story. Only complaint would be that there were some bits were a bit stiff or not in the best condition (one was sticky :->), which is surprising for such a newly opened venue.

Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 2019 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

We played as a team of 4 to bring back the pies to the afternoon tea of Alice and her friends. the whole room looks superb and the design of the puzzles and props are absolutely amazing! Our host, Michael was purely amazing as well. Highly recommended.

Sharon Nowik experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: August 2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 39 Outcome: Successful escape!
Richard Holtby rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
imrahil experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Whilst Alice in Puzzleland is available to play at multiple sites across the UK, we chose the closest to London: Reading. During our experience there, we were led by the Cheshire Cat (played by the awesome Games Master Hamish) through the rabbit hole and into the magical world of Wonderland.

Overall, a really good game with some lovely game play and well designed props. Escape Hunt Resorts World is based in the middle of a shopping centre which felt very unusual but means there are lots of people and passing trade.
We headed down to Puzzleland via Oxford to help save the Mad Hatter from Execution! Sinister stuff! See if we managed to find the Queen’s Tarts and what we thought about our Alice in Wonderland themed experience.

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