Escape Coalville: The Coal Mine

By | June 25, 2022

by Escape Coalville (website)

Coalville

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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based on ratings from 12 users

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SpontaneousIllusion expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveintense
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!
original
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!
originalunique
🤘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!
original

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!

Exotic Turtle experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 21 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55
originalstory-drivengreat hostingquite difficult😨creepy
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 21 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55.24 8 LANTERNS Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveuniquequite difficult😨creepy

This truly is a one of a kind game. 

Utilising every sense in your body other than sight is a unique concept and one that was executed very well. Communication is the key to this game.

The puzzles were all perfectly logical, but the challenge comes when you can't see a single thing and you have to variegate your way around in the pitch black. I would highly recommend trying this experience

Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 18 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45 Outcome: Successful escape!
original

Fun, new room. One or two teething issues, but a very cool concept and very disorientating.

jakea256 expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 5 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 51:23 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersivegreat hosting

What an interesting experience! Not scary in any way and makes you rely on all the senses you don’t use as often in escape rooms. Also puts enthusiasts back on the same page as someone new to the hobby as you explore the space without being able to see your hand in front of your face! The puzzles are very varied and are adapted perfectly to the surroundings - physical, logical, search and themed brilliantly around Coalville’s mining history. Lots of fun!

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  • Midlands games to play by 🏆Annagramma expert
    For those who want to get together for some games. Try and keep them north of Oxford and south of Manchester but outliers are ok if we all want to do them!

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