Escape Hunt Birmingham: Time Cops

By | April 28, 2022

by Escape Hunt Birmingham (website)

Pendigo Way, Marston Green, B40 1PU


2-4 players

Languages: EN

90 mins
Wheelchair suitable - contact the venue for details

A message from the future reveals that Bristol is ground zero for a global catastrophe caused by an A.I. going rogue and destroying humanity. Your team of Time Cops are the only hope of preventing this disaster.

Advanced technology company Artitech, are about to bring their first A.I. online. This programme, named H.E.L.A, will immediately go rogue and escape their servers on to the internet where it will lie, growing and learning, before emerging and leaving humanity powerless to stop it.

We cannot allow this to happen. It’s up to you Time Cops… use this knowledge, stop H.E.L.A and save the future, from the past.

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Rated 2 out of 5 (estimated, based on ratings for other versions of this game)

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TheCLAMS expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

I'm not a huge fan of outdoor games, but this was ok

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 5 Feb 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁
family friendlyillogicaloverpriced

I must state upfront that our host at the Escape Room in Oxford (and the rest of the staff we encountered) were great; really friendly and helpful – and with the energy & enthusiasm of children’s tv presenters (that’s a good thing in this context).

Unfortunately, the outdoor game Time Cops was disappointing. As advertised, the required solving puzzles around the city. But unfortunately, there were several errors within the game; including incorrect direction headings (at least 45 degrees off), incorrect numeric clue to solving the final puzzle and an incorrect clue for another question that requested a name of a building, but also necessitated the inclusion of some roman numerals (that was not actually part of the name)

In addition to these logical errors, I was a little bemused when one puzzle (don’t forget we are pretending to be Time Cops saving the world from global catastrophe) was a riddle about a woman who had lost her cat.

It all felt a little bit cheap and poorly implemented (the game in general, but also the specific mistakes for the Oxford variant). I was hoping that there would be some augmented reality to add some realism to proceedings, but it was mostly just finding various destination on a map.

I’m afraid this wasn’t a thrilling afternoon’s entertainment – and felt like a bit of a waste of £60.

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