Juliette B

Played: 28 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 63:05 Outcome: Successful escape!

Played the new version opened in Cambridge (same chain). Elegant simple set and nice back story. In terms of puzzles the game is largely linear (would not recommend >2 if experienced) and fairly old school so there will be little that you will not have experienced before in one way or another; so saying, the game itself was fun and we enjoyed the ending. Not amazing hosting (GM struggled with concept of a hint so the one time we asked for a pointer, she just told us the answer rather than something more subtle). 

Played: 14 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyclevergreat hosting

Thoroughly enjoyed this game. Plenty of puzzles, cohesive story and found it very immersive. Excellent GM. Shame the clue system is not a little more customisable - would prefer a two way system so as to avoid getting an answer when you want more of a nudge - but also see that the way it has been set up helps to keep the immersion. Good fun. 

Played: 14 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:59 Outcome: Successful escape!

This was a great room - the set is fantastic, the intro is hilarious. Enjoyed the logic puzzle that was thrown in. Went clue free which turned out to be a mistake as we discarded a couple of important things when doing our searching (it is search heavy), but GMs did decide to put us back on track when we got to an impasse - timed well it seems as we then literally made it out at 59:59. Had really good fun playing this room and definitely recommend the venue. 

Played: 14 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 42:20 Outcome: Successful escape!

This room was such fun - absolutely loved it. Some truly unique moments. Story works well; puzzles are not overly challenging but honestly those are not what makes this room special. Great hosting and lovely owners too. 

Played: 13 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 60:00 Outcome: Failed :-(
beautifulhi-techmagicalquite difficult

Another beautiful addition to the Tulley's portfolio with some cool props and a fun back story. As is par for the course with us as a pair, we failed to finish in the hour and no doubt will return in a couple of years to see how the story ends after they open their next room...

Played: 19 Sep 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 55:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Thoroughly enjoyed the start to this game, and some excellent moments of tension at a couple of points. Plenty of puzzles to work on , particularly enjoyed the one at the end. Lovely GM/owner who we had a nice chat with afterwards. 

Played: 18 Sep 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalgreat hosting

Excellent game, beautiful set and a great set up with variable add on challenges that you can work on in addition to the original goal - thanks to Sophie for the great hosting. 

Played: 18 Sep 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 65:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersivegreat hostingquite difficult

Fantastic game! Played on the hardest difficulty as a 2 and got out in 65 minutes so slightly over the hour. Excellent number and variety of puzzles, Alex was a great GM too. 

Played: 8 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulillogicalbroken techquite difficult

This was one of the very few games where I have actually left feeling annoyed and contemplated leaving the room before the end. 

Good points: the set is lovely and you are immersed from the start. There are some really clever puzzles that I have not come across elsewhere. 

Bad points: having had the usual spiel at the beginning about not needing to use force or strength, this is in no way true from an early puzzle which took significant effort when we finally established it was allowed. We did discuss this with the owner at the end, whose response was "well it's obvious you couldn't break those so it's fine" ie our fault for not deducing this. It is very dark throughout (you are allowed to use your mobile phone torch). There was one puzzle that was not working unless you expelled your entire lung capacity repeatedly (again, raised this with the owner who said the tech support is overseas and he would let them know - I take his point that he doesn't want the puzzle to be too easy for large groups but you need to cater for small ones too!). Although the puzzles were clever, there was such limited signposting as to what to do with some of them it was at times obtuse without hints, and some puzzles were rather illogical even by escape room logic. Supposedly when you have done something correctly a noise will sound but often found this did not happen - I presume some elements are manually controlled as we had a few instances where either something released even though we had not finished the puzzle, or it did not when we had done it correctly (as far as we knew) but then said action happened a bit later. We did have a conversation with the owner at the end about how we had not enjoyed this room and he was receptive to feedback, but ultimately I think his priorities (that the games are padlock free and that he has bought the game in and spent money on a nice set) are not what I am looking for when it comes to enjoying an escape room. I think some adjustments in terms of puzzle sensitivity with the set design would help with some of the aforementioned issues. 

Played: 7 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

I have mixed feelings about this - it is almost a great game, but wasn't quite there for me. Good points: beautiful set and videos, really enjoyed the interactive equipment you need for the game. Some good puzzles although nothing too individually challenging. Progress is linear for the most part. 

Bad points: the audio is loud to the point of damaging your hearing. I couldn't hear my partner even when we were shouting at each other at close range. This was very off putting, detracted from the experience and meant we had absolutely no way of solving an audio puzzle which we were then stuck on for some time (but also couldn't really attract the attention of the GM, again as so loud). It becomes very linear later on so I spent quite some time doing nothing due to the small spaces things were located in - again this may have been better if we'd been able to communicate, but volume precluded this. It's a shame about these issues as we ended up not enjoying a game that I think is probably better than our experience. 

Played: 7 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

I really enjoyed this game - it's so cleverly done. A couple of illogical thought processes going on with a couple of puzzles but you can forgive it given the amount of fun and adrenaline the game gives. 

Played: 7 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 65:00 Outcome: Failed :-(

Set is lovely and there are plenty of puzzles. Our GM (and her trainee) were excellent. I had a couple of niggles - there was one puzzle that clearly did not work that we wasted quite a bit of time on (to be fair, they did then allow us to finish the game after time) and the low lighting in the final room made it really difficult to actually achieve one of the tasks. But overall it's a lovely game and would definitely recommend. 

Played: 14 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 43:20 Outcome: Successful escape!

We really enjoyed this - the set is amazing, it feels very authentic and they definitely get the adrenaline going with one moment in the game. Not the hardest game, but great fun. 

Played: 8 Aug 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 59:40 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalfamily friendly

This was great fun - loved the set and the puzzles, plenty to do and suitable for getting younger children involved. 

Played: 07/08/2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 83 Outcome: Failed :-(

Solid room - we enjoyed how the puzzles were themed around the backstory and a couple of original touches. We were a bit slow off the mark with some searching but they kindly let us finish the game (normally 75 minutes). 

Played: 7 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:40 Outcome: Successful escape!

Original story and puzzles fitted in well with the theme. A couple of aspects did not seem that logical but mostly worked well, and enjoyed the ending. We had a good time and worth playing if in the area but not good enough on its own to recommend making a special trip. 

Played: 4 Aug 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Fun game and liked the way they did the backstory. Agree it does not need to be a 90 minute game although worked well for us having 2 young children in tow who wanted to join in. One puzzle a bit tedious and involved a lot of crawling back and forth but otherwise enjoyed - some parts of the game starting to look a little worn. 

Played: 26 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:23 Outcome: Successful escape!

This is a great game - can safely say I have not played another game quite like this. Full of puzzles to keep enthusiasts busy. We had a tech fault in this game (team before us had been a little overenthusiastic with one puzzle) but owner/GM was able to address this. Original and really just good fun to play - as escape rooms should be, and would definitely recommend this venue if you are in the area. 

Played: 26 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49:25 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclevergreat hosting

This is a new venue in an out of the way town, but it is worth the trip. Absolutely loved both games we played there and had a great chat with the owner/game designer. EO have chosen to go absolutely full in with quantity of puzzles so that enthusiasts do not run out of things to do, and it does not disappoint. Original story, excellent use of space, a real joy of a game to play. 

Played: 26 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:55

There's some lovely things about this room - lucky enough to play it new, and the space itself looks great. Has a strong start in terms of puzzles with linear progression, however it does fall foul of a personal bugbear of mine which is making it so dark that the challenge is more of aging eyes rather than any ability. Good clue system. A couple of things let it down for us in that the ending felt rather weak in terms of the final puzzle and we struggled to understand quite why the game then ended as it did - suspect our GM was quite inexperienced as this may have worked better with a different spiel at the beginning. 

Played: 26 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 71:51
funnyimmersivegreat hosting

Very enjoyable with a particularly strong start and end. Excellent clue system and lovely GM from family run company. One particularly well designed puzzle towards the end of the game. Looking forward to their upcoming new game. 

Good start to the story in terms of immersion, and puzzles that were largely fitting to the theme. It was fun but had a couple of moments where we didn't really understand the flow or direction, or felt red herrings were a little too much in play. A little light on content if experienced players. Enjoyed the last part of the game although we were uncertain if we had completed it correctly until the GM returned which was a bit of a shame. Well hosted by our GM. 

Overall it was fun to play but I'd play it more as a game to fit in with playing other Escapologic games at the venue rather than travelling to play standalone (and if you are looking for only one heist theme in Nottingham, I would absolutely pick Daylight Robbery which is excellent). 

Played: 8 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techoriginalquite easy

The set for this is fantastic, multiple spaces with high attention to detail and a variety of special effects to be enjoyed. It isn't a classic escape room per se in that there are not lots of puzzles to work out but it is immersive and I can see in terms of development how this is one direction ERs could go. Definitely requires physical agility by all team members. I am not familiar with Warhammer so didn't get any added satisfaction that way but can't say it mattered to me in terms of experience. 

Played: 8 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 34:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverstory-drivenquite easy

This is good fun - we found it pretty easy (reflected in the completion time) but thought the physical aspects of the game were very entertaining and enjoyed the local theme. Set looks fantastic. One of my favourite Escapologic Nott games. 

Played: 9 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:32 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalstory-drivenquite difficult

This game is beautiful - the cave, and the audio/video has you immersed in the story instantly. There is plenty to keep you busy and the puzzles are enjoyable, with a couple of very clever ideas. The hint system is on theme and excellent at pointing you in the right direction rather than telling you the answer. We played as a two and completed it, but only just (and that was playing with relatively few now-what moments). Excellent flow. I enjoyed this more than Carfax as it was less search heavy, but they are both absolutely worth playing (and I understand Carfax has undergone a lot of change since we played it, and that is no longer the case). 

Played: 9 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingintense

This is a great game - on a common theme, but still immersive, and you are unlikely to run out of things to do. If you like puzzles, they are all here, and you will get to use your full time doing them. Non-linear and many choices to be made! 

Played: 30/11/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Thoroughly enjoyed by my 8 year old son who was the right age for deciphering the puzzles with just a little bit of help. Was keen to do more by this company as soon as they are available. 

Comes with a black light pen/torch which was also a big hit with him/his 5 year old sister - to the extent that we now have secret messages written in a variety of places (banisters, walls, drawer fronts...) 

Played: 06/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

High quality set design again from HIH, didn't enjoy this one as much as the Golden Skull/Master of Time games - perhaps more just having an inexperienced GM but found elements of this game very frustrating (one issue relating to a translation used in the game, another with a puzzle which we really struggled to understand and which the clue took us rather outside the immersive experience). There are undoubtedly great aspects to this game, and it still rates as far higher quality than the majority of games with an enjoyable back story and some good puzzles and theatrics - I would still recommend playing it but some of the logic aspects were a little more stretched in this one than the other games. 

Played: 05/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Absolutely loved this game - my favourite of the 3 HIH offerings we played, and hard to pick between these and the Ernie's at Skurrilum. High quality set, busy for the full hour, genuinely immersive and really just a series of delights. A must play if in Hamburg. 

Played: 06/10/20 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Fantastic start, impeccably hosted, high quality set design from HIH as seems to be their trademark. A little easier than their other offerings but no less enjoyable. 

Played: 09/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Played this unintentionally after our booked game (Nostrodamus) suffered a catastrophic failure on part of the previous team rendering it out of action. Traditional style ER - fun, and nicely set, but a little heavy on the searching and could have used more refinement with the hint system. GM was the owner and was kind enough to essentially let us play for free given the circumstances - we enjoyed the Chapel more, so given Nostrodamus is the newest room might be worth checking in preference (when it is fixed...!) 

Played: 09/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Enjoyed the theming and story of this game, a couple of funny moments from the GM. One puzzle was a bit of a logic leap but overall worth playing if you can stretch to more games in Hamburg after Skurrilum/HIH/Big Break... 

Played: 05/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Expansive room with plenty to do throughout the hour and some moments of humour. Good fun and bar a couple of search fails, flowed smoothly. 

Played: 05/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Fun room with some unusual ideas, worth a visit if in Hamburg and you can afford the extra after Skurrilum and HIH (and a bit cheaper than those too). The opening of the game was strong and got us into the vibe for the rest; some cool set design also. 

Played: 06/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Beautiful decor with an engaging start, enjoyable puzzles. Some frustration with some broken tech nearing the end of the game which meant we couldn't complete one puzzle. Probably the easiest of the Skurrilum games (of the 4 available in English) - still fun though, and a cut above your average game. 

Played: 07/10/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:59 Outcome: Successful escape!

Good fun, but showing its age a little compared to the other rooms - lovely props, and a couple of lovely puzzles. Would still recommend but not in the same league as the Ernies. 

Played: 08/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

My favourite Skurrilum game, brilliant immersive story with some standout moments, just superb. 

Played: 08/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Fantastic, immersive game from start to finish with some great touches and an engaged GM. Worthy of all its previous accolades. 

Played: 27/08/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

High quality contents and enjoyable puzzling to be had, played this after Witchery Spell and in retrospect wish we had done the other way around - this is far easier. We still enjoyed it and had a good time playing, and definitely at the higher end quality wise for an at home game. You can also purchase a refill pack so you can pass it on after you have finished. 

Played: 25/08/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

I think this was ok, and really nothing wrong with it per se, but we just found it too easy in terms of puzzles and got through it very quickly. Good for beginners if you are just starting out, or don't want something too taxing, but nothing too exciting to recommend searching it out. Quality of the package overall was good and the story line worked fine, but we opted not to continue the subscription - played an at home DarkPark the next night and found that far better. 

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