Escape Hunt Watford: Blackbeard’s Treasure

By | November 26, 2021

by Escape Hunt Watford (website)


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Step onto a pirate galleon in the middle of a battle for control of the High Seas. Your captain, the terrifying Blackbeard, has just been killed and his ship is shot to pieces and sinking fast.

With no chance of victory, you and your scurvy shipmates decide to jump ship – after helping yourself to the contents of Blackbeard’s legendary treasure chest.

You’ve broken into his cabin to grab all you can, but now the door has jammed shut and you’ve just 60 minutes to escape; any longer and you’ll drown – if the sharks don’t get you first.

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Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 5 Nov 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 35 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivebroken techunoriginalquite easy

We were quite dissapointed with this room. Whilst the setting was very good (inside of a pirate ship) and there were some nice touches, the puzzles were very straightfoward and the room was extremely worn. A number of the puzzles didn't quite work because of over-use. Despite that, we were out of the room in just under 35 minutes and left feeling like we hadn't really got our money's worth.

I'd avoid this one and maybe try one of the other rooms at Escape Hunt.

liam and rosie experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 30/12/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 39:38 Outcome: Successful escape!
Jen Wells (Get Wells Soon) expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Not Escape Hunt's best game but we loved some of the more story-based puzzles and had a lot of fun.

coco974 rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hosting

Brilliantly themed and set up room - there's no mistaking it's a pirate ship! The surroundings and puzzles were perfectly on theme.

This was only our second or third room so most of the puzzles were new to us, but still easy enough to complete as a team of 2 newbies. There was one task that we just could not do - even with a clue from the GM we just could not recreate the sound correctly, in the end we asked for help again, eventually reaching a solution. But good luck with that if you're like us and completely tone deaf. Also, when we went back and did the room next to this one, we could still hear that particular task, that sound haunts us 😂

Overall, brilliant room, brilliant theme, brilliant puzzles, brilliant GM. 

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 15 and 15 out of 5
Played: 2 Jun 2021 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalpoor hosting
Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techgreat hosting
Sam Carr experienced rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulillogicalbroken tech
Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 20/10/18
lsugaralmond rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 26 Dec 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 50 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techillogicalbroken tech😨creepy

Positives first: The room looked brilliant and the theming was great. Our games master was responsive and helpful. Some of the puzzles were interesting and innovative and very satisfying to solve.

BUT several elements were broken, and the structure of the game was quite illogical. Quite a few things in the room we never figured out what they were for or how to use them and we completed the room without them. It’s not clear if they were red herrings or just broken so not in use. But it’s frustrating to have spent ten minutes trying to work out how (for example) to move two balls through a maze on the wall only to ultimately complete the room without ever doing it. There were a few things like this. Also there was one puzzle which required us to use our sense of smell but only 1 of the 5 smelly things actually smelled of anything so it was impossible. We got there in the end but only by random chance.

On the whole a mediocre experience and not very satisfying because the room just didn’t seem to follow a logical route to completion. 

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The game themes that Escape Hunt have been rolling out sound a little like costume ideas for a children's party: cowboys, vikings, Doctor Who, pirates. Since this is an industry that deals in escapism, that's all to the good, and we eagerly signed up for their Blackbeard game.

Your job is to sneak into the cabin of the recently deceased Captain Blackbeard and swipe his loot before the ship sinks; our gamemaster played the role of our confederate on the outside with gusto. Pirate themes always s...

The tale of Blackbeard's Treasure goes - you and your team find yourself stranded on a sinking pirate ship. Sure, you could immediately jump ship and row your way across the ocean to safety but where would be the fun in that? Plus, rumour has it there is treasure aboard. The legendary Blackbeard's Treasure. It's hidden somewhere inside his personal quarters and its your job to find it and get to safety before the ship sinks.

Our least favourite game that we have played at Escape Hunt. The puzzles could have been really good but their execution was somewhat lacking. An enjoyable game overall however

We headed to Oxford only to end up on Blackbeards Sinking Ship. See how we got on finding the treasure and escaping a watery grave!

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