Escape Coalville: The Coal Mine

By | June 25, 2022

by Escape Coalville (website)


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

For many years Coalville has been a coal mining town until the closure of the final pit in 1983. Records document the town’s history and found that, at one point, there were 3 main collieries across the area.

This seemed to be correct until we unearthed what could be the entrance to a fourth location. Having worked with local historians, it has become apparent that there are some artefacts still undiscovered inside, 8 mining lanterns to be exact. It is your job to find as many of these as you can.

But, the mine has been locked away for some time. Due to its age, there is no light inside so it’ll require your sense of touch, hearing and smell alone. Meter readings also suggest a high level of Carbon Monoxide. It’s safe enough for you to stay inside for 60 minutes at most.

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Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
essentialatom experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 25 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 44:39 and all items obtained Outcome: Successful escape!
Easily one of our favourite rooms. This isn't a case of a badly lit room where you're annoyed that the torch isn't powerful enough and you have a bad time because there's no reason not to light it better. You really are in true, complete darkness in there, there's nothing to help you out, your eyes won't adjust, and the puzzles are cleverly designed with that in mind. More than 3 people would probably be hard to handle - there's not a vast amount of room in there and communication is so vital that I can imagine too many cooks spoiling the broth. 
Just a marvellous concept. I don't know why this kind of thing hasn't been done elsewhere (according to the GM it's the only pitch black room in the country). It's really immersive and hands-on, you have to think differently and buy into it and it's massive fun to do so. 
πŸ”SpontaneousIllusion expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Steph Norchi experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 18 Nov 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 37:28 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveintensequite easy

We absolutely loved this room! Communication is one of our team's strengths so we found the puzzles in this room fairly easy, having found 5 lanterns in about 15 minutes and all 8 by the end. However, it's probably one of the most fun rooms we have done. It is really unique and makes you think in a very different way to your standard room. It's worth mentioning that this is not a scary room; there is nothing at all in this room that is meant to be even remotely creepy other than for anyone who would have a fear of the dark.

ShaneKarlSmith experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
fraggle42 experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 15 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49.58 Outcome: Successful escape!
hourglassescapesltd expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 6/11/22 Team size: 2 Time taken: 50:54 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleveruniquequite difficult

This is such a unique concept. It's not spoiler that this game is played in the complete darkness - and it really is darkness! Your eyes do not adjust at all. It heightens all your senses and forces you to visualise the room and remember where you have "felt" things previously etc. A very clever concept, not the easiest thing to do, not being able to see but absolutely acheiveable. You need to communicate and trust yourself and your team mates. I really enjoyed this challenge. 

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
🀘The Pick of Destiny expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Adam Bravery expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 25 Sep 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 47:09 Outcome: Successful escape!

Unique game with some interesting puzzles that worked very well, except some smells that were far too similar. Liked that it tied to history of Coalville, but otherwise the story was barely mentioned by our host or included in game. The end was also a bit underwhelming, perhaps a separate exit door would add to the experience.

I had a great time in here nonetheless (the gripes above are fairly minor in the scheme of things) and I'd definitely recommend playing!

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