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Played: 30 Sep 2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnygreat hostingfamily friendly

We had a great time in this room - it was wonderfully hosted, they really involved the kids in the story (8 and 11) and we enjoyed the puzzles. Will look forward to seeing what this venue come up with next! 

Played: 1 Oct 2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnygreat hosting

We had such a good time playing this room - the hosting was spot on (and extremely funny) and had us involved from the start. The kids absolutely loved it. Lots of different puzzles to work on. I like how there should be a potential to replay it based on how it is set up. 

Played: 25 Mar 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulclevergreat hosting

Absolutely top class room with wonderful owners. Wonderful set. Absolutely nothing not to like - fantastic experience through and through. 

5 Wits: (unknown game), Buffalo, NY
Played: 01/09/2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

5 Wits does not describe itself as an escape room but it has various experiences (in Buffalo, "Tomb" "Deep Space" and "Drago's Castle") which are heavily escape room aligned. They are shorter experiences (30 minutes) and involve various challenges and puzzles through a series of rooms. Good fun to do with older kids but wouldn't say it is worth going out of your way to play them as enthusiasts. Sets are very well done, and they set things up in a very clever way so that you largely reset the puzzles for the next group coming through as you go along. 

Played: 28/08/2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 59:20 Outcome: Successful escape!

This room was great - lots to do, excellent set design, unusual theme and enjoyed the hosting. Played with kids (11 and 8) and less fun for them compared to the other game we played there - puzzles definitely more suited to adults in terms of difficulty. Definitely recommended if you are in the area. 

Played: 28/08/2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Excellent set design on this pirate ghost themed game. Well hosted. Played with 2 kids (11 and 8) who were able to solve or help solve all the puzzles. A bit out of the way from Toronto but definitely worth playing if you are in the area. 

Played: 2 Mar 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:20 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnygreat hosting

This game is absolutely hilarious. NSFW as the goal is to break into a secret BDSM room in a coffee shop so probably best as a couple or good friends. First part of the game features the GM as a live actor playing a bored barista (done excellently, not part of the "sexy" part of the game later). Given the theme, puzzles were harder than I expected for a slightly jokey room - it was a lot of fun. 

Played: 01/02/2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Huge world in a mall of "challenges" featuring 40+ rooms, scavenger hunts and "arenas" where you compete against another player. You buy time, and then use your wristband to enter the individual rooms which last 1-4 minutes. You then earn stars or puzzle pieces which you can use to change your avatar, get physical items e.g. food at the venue. 

Largely physical based games (e.g. the floor is lava, walk a plank, climbing) but some mental/puzzle and skill games also. This is what the Crystal Maze should be. In 4 hours, we tried if not completed, all the rooms and played several of the arena games. The food/drink on offer was also excellent (far better than expected). Be prepared to get (mildly!) bruised playing some games and some upper body strength required for some of the physical games. 

Played during term time during the day, but imagine at weekends/evenings it would be extremely busy with teenagers - so ideally plan the timing of your visit to avoid so you don't need to wait for rooms to be available. Possible to visit without a car (we were in Boston, and took the commuter rail to Natick and then got an Uber easily). 

Played: 25/02/2023 Team size: 7 Time taken: 46:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

This game is brilliant. Wonderful set design, an unexpected wow moment, some very cool puzzles as you move through the sub. 

Played as a public room with 7 people and would have preferred a slightly smaller group as ended up missing out on a couple of puzzles - but agree 4+ is preferable for this room in terms of getting it finished.  

Played: 25/02/2023 Team size: 6 Outcome: Successful escape!

You (and your gang) assemble to steal a diamond, sat within a local art gallery. This is an incredibly well themed game in terms of flow - you really move from hideout to feeling that you are genuinely breaking in, stopping the alarm etc. Lots of puzzles in the main body of the game based around the art works which are well thought out and original. 

The venue offers mostly private games but some public room options - we opted to play in a public booking as this game is recommended 4 people plus. They will allow you to play as fewer if you pay for 4 spots - however, there is a lot to do with reasonable difficulty, and actually I think we had a better experience despite playing with a group of strangers. 

Played: 25/02/2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:54 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really fun room. Starts with you looking to earn some Girl Scout badges in an automotive shop but you discover a shadow Girl Scout society while you do, undertaking some nefarious behaviour (second half they class as horror, no live actors and would describe as mildly creepy only). Plenty of puzzles with some unusual and quite cool props. 

Red Fox describe themselves as using adaptive difficulty for their rooms so a good place as an enthusiast to play, and we really enjoyed all 3 of their games and would recommend. 

Played: 26/02/2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

You decide to join a clinical trial and...safe to say, maybe this wasn't your best decision.

 Slightly easier than the other 2 games we played at Trapology, but still excellent fun and a couple of amusing personalised touches which we enjoyed. Funny and satisfying ending, which Trapology seem to be very good at as experienced this in all their games. 

Played: 02/03/2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56:35

My favourite of all the games we played in Boston. Your goal is to break into the Furter National Bank and steal the Golden Weenie. Fantastic use of space, some excellent puzzles, fun hint system and a little bit of variable difficulty available in terms of finishing the game. Funny ending. Thought the set design was excellent and fit the context well - there is a LOT of crawling, but if you are a small group and have old knees, they will let you go between the rooms using the corridor instead :) our first time on a leaderboard as well which was very satisfying. 

Played: 27/02/2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 60:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Very entertaining room based on finding some stolen art for which you have been framed, with puzzles appropriately themed around the other artwork. Suggests 4+ but found it ok as a 2 (finished exactly on the 60:00 mark). Amusing start from the GM. 

Played: 27/02/2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Fun magic-theme based room. Oldest game at this company so fairly traditional ER, but had a couple of puzzles I had not come across before that were very enjoyable. High quality company and worth a visit if in the area. 

Played: 27 Feb 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 75:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalclever

Beautiful game with a creative use of a small space. Game has an immersive narrative throughout, and a really lovely hint system which you have the option of looking at or not. Recommended (better as a small group due to size; if playing as a 2 they will need to enter the room briefly to make one puzzle work but does not detract) 

Played: 18 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivefamily friendly

Played in beta with a 10 y/o and 7 y/o in tow. Set design looks fantastic. A fair few puzzles to work through - largely physical challenges rather than thinky - great room to take kids to on that basis. Needs 4 for one puzzle but would not matter for the rest of the game. A couple of puzzles not quite working in beta but I am sure they will be sorted out soon. 

Played: 12 Feb 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulvalue for moneystory-driven

Beautiful sets/props and nice use of tech. Enjoyed the start to the game thoroughly, found a little tricky to get our flow going at the start but started to come together after that. The only thing I would change is the ending, as the game ends rather suddenly rather than having a sense of achieved something - took us a little by surprise. Great owners/enthusiasts and enjoyed the chat about the tech and the business. 

Played: 12 Feb 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techintense

Absolutely fantastic use of a small space - brilliant game, and so many original features. This is a brilliant game, truly immersive. 

Played: 10 Feb 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyimmersivegreat hosting

This was great fun - keeps you very busy as a pair, we did not manage to complete all the puzzles although we were not far off. Engaged host who gave us a good tour of the bits we had missed at the end. Recommended. 

Played: 28 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivemagicalquite easy

Fun room - definitely aimed at family/beginner end of the market, but we had a good time as a pair. 

Played: 29 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
beautifulcleverpoor hosting

I can see why people rate this as a great room - beautiful set, lots of puzzles and nice flow. Unfortunately we had a GM who was very disinterested - had a problem with one of the pieces of tech not opening close to the end. Couldn't have cared less that we were having a problem, and came into the room exactly as the time ended to shoo us out without wanting to answer any questions about the game. A shame not to finish as essentially scuppered by the tech fail and only a minute or so off. Ended up feeling rather disappointed by the experience which was gutting as under other circumstances I think we would really have enjoyed this. Overall, the venue is fantastic so I think we were just unlucky with the hosting on this occasion. 

Played: 29 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hosting😨creepy

Some fantastic props in this game. Struggled to know where to start but when we got going, found it flowed well and a good amount of puzzles to do. Great host made for a fun experience overall. 

Played: 28 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnygreat hostingquite easy

Fun cluedo style game that makes good use of the 90s in terms of decor, props and music. Nice host and we had a good time. 

beautifulvalue for moneycleverquite difficult
Played: 5 Nov 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulvalue for moneyoriginal

Not an escape room, and not really that puzzly, but definitely an experience. Enjoyed both the summer and Halloween runs so am very much looking forward to seeing where they take it next! 

Played: 27 Nov 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:49 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalgreat hosting

Very original, great play through and many exciting moments. 

I am poor at searching to the extent the GM had to come in and help us, the fact she maintained her character throughout this was impressive. The whole thing is really very clever and the venue and all games are a must do in my book. 

Played: 27 Nov 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 52:10 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnygreat hosting

Absolutely loved the hosting and humour in this game. Perhaps the least logical in some ways but most fun of the three Hounds games. Had the embarrassing moment where you break a puzzle, and the GM fully ribs you for it. 100% recommend. 

Played: 27 Nov 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 52:57 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfunnygreat hosting

Cannot recommend Hounds enough - hilarious hosting, beautiful set and a wonderful playthrough. All 3 games are fantastic - this was probably my least favourite theme but had some of the best moments. If you can find a way to go, you should. 

Played: 26 Nov 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 90:00 Outcome: Failed :-(
beautifulcleverpoor hostingquite difficult

Gave a good rating overall, as I can understand why other people have enjoyed this game so much. Tricky, as if asked whether I had fun during the actual game, I would say no. This is massively disappointing because it has a lot of really cool (and unusual) stuff going on and I fully appreciate the originality. There is a lot to do and 90m length which is a definite plus in my book. 

We had a combination of factors which was unlucky for us (we loved both the other current games at this venue and really like both owners and their vision for the company - this review is not meant to put you off going there, as would still absolutely recommend).

Experience was partly down to us, as failed to clearly communicate what we wanted in terms of hosting prior to the game but had also made the assumption that the person taking us to the room was the host (had GMd us on previous trip very well) - but in fact it was someone else. 

The positives: props have been so carefully chosen and well placed. I thought there were some excellent puzzle ideas and the theming is strong throughout. It is puzzle heavy and deserving of its 90m length. It has some elements that you are unlikely to have come across elsewhere. 

The negatives: the overall environment. As the game is within a hangar, the ceiling is open to the game next door. We happened to be playing next to an extremely loud, excited but ultimately very confused group of teenage girls needing a lot of GM help over the walkie talkie. There is almost no soundtrack within the game itself, so this became our soundtrack. The game is also pretty dark - probably ok unless you have rubbish short-sighted old eyes like we do. Unfortunately with the noise/eyesight/clue system combo, you can't have a two way dialogue after starting the game, leading to some frustrating interactions and miscommunications. Again, I think resolvable and would have chalked up to bad day or being off form, but GM at the end clearly did not want to chat or go over anything, so left feeling a bit disappointed and deflated. Might consider trying again when they open the fourth room as suspect under different circumstances we would have enjoyed it a lot more. 

Played: 26 Nov 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:32 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnyimmersive

Had GREAT fun playing this game. Clue Cracker are great at getting you into the mood from the outset and keeping it going. Excellent hosting. Small footprint but they get a lot out of it - some genuine adrenaline going by the end! 

Played: 26 Nov 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:59 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyimmersive

Another temple, another cursed statue... 

Game plays with a very silly sense of humour and takes you through a nice progression. Plenty of puzzles to do throughout. Fine timewise as a 2 in terms of completion, but might be better as 3+ due to a split experience which falls into the nothing to do vs something to do category until the activity is completed (not hard but would be much quicker with 2 of you - and had some unfortunate confusion due to a non-reset padlock; however GM managed this well). Well hosted and thought it was an excellent game overall.  

Played: 30 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersive
Played: 30 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy😨creepy
Played: 30 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 6 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hosting

Lovely set design - a lot of  thought has gone into this room. Our GM was absolutely lovely and hosted excellently - I thought the clue system was excellent in the way it was hidden. Good number of puzzles and a couple of surprises and original takes. Had one puzzle where we had worked out the answer but had a missing piece which led to a little confusion on our part. Thought the soundtrack was great for the immersion and ending was excellent. Both this and Ram Raid are excellent games. 

Played: 5 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:58 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalstory-drivengreat hosting

Return trip to play the revised Alice themed room - thought there were some very original puzzles in this and also a good variety, excellent hosting by our GM. Set wise perhaps not as beautiful as Station X or Puddling Lane but it's still a very enjoyable game and we felt suitably immersed in the experience!  

Played: 20 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 23 crystals Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hosting

Loved loved loved this game. Looks beautiful, lovely owners, great game hosting - so much to do. Outstanding. 

Played: 19 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverintense

So many things to do - claim as much treasure as you can in one hour. We (understandably) did not do the whole lots playing as a two but we certainly had a great time! Absolutely worth a play. 

Played: 19 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersivegreat hosting

Excellent use of a small space with fun puzzles and good set design. Suitably eerie but not scary. 

Played: 19 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hosting

Fun lab themed room with good flow and nice hosting. Few too many combination number locks for my liking but otherwise had a good time! 

Played: 18 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneystory-driven

Traditional escape whodunnit room - well hosted, enough to do as a pair, had a good time! 

Played: 09/04/2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 74:30 Outcome: Successful escape!

This is very convenient to DW area in Florida, played with 2 children (age 6 and 9) and it is a good one on terms of being family friendly - enough searching and some easy puzzles so everyone can join in. There's plenty to do and we had a good time, would recommend this one when in the area. Starts separated in 2 groups but you can see each other. 

Played: 12 Mar 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunny

Played the revamped Plan 52 - enjoyed the puzzles and the story, probably not as fun as the other CQ games but it is a very solid game. 

Played: 18 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalgreat hosting

Played this as an add on to an ER trip to BCN - it is a bit out of the way (but easy to get to) and needed something that fitted with an early game before coming home. It was quite different from all the other games we played in BCN - although there is probably a lot of tech involved it does not look it, the set is great. Bit dark in places for me (in terms of being able to see well enough to do things) but a very solid and fun experience with largely tactile puzzles. The only time I have played an ER where I have got the "fastest time I have ever seen anyone do that puzzle" accolade. 

Overall, on the easier side of a normal difficulty game but we had a great time and it flowed well. It's hard to know when in BCN what to pick as there are so many high quality games and if you can only do 3 or 4 there are other absolute must dos: however if you're doing a few would recommend including this on your list. 

Played: 17 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techgreat hosting😨creepy

This game is one of the most immersive experiences I have every played. It is just amazing. The start is really very clever in terms of getting you into the experience, the set is outstanding and despite my general non-love of live actors, the GM who hosted this was superb - he had a lot to do and was just fantastic - could do mildly scary, funny, definitely got you into the role play elements. Not a traditionally puzzle ER game and has some physical aspects. There are some "add on" parts to this game that we missed as not strictly part of the main story but absolutely recommend to take the time to do everything. 

Cannot recommend this ER enough as an experience in BCN - think I'd go back to play it a second time even knowing how it works. 

Played: 17 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techintenseπŸ‘»scary

Amazing set design (it is huge) and some very clever parts to it with some very original aspects. It was not my favourite game in BCN (and I am judging against some really amazing ERs as the quality is so high) - essentially coming down to a few points. 

1) as there is some time apart, I think it would just be more fun in a group of 4+ - you can't really communicate with each other during this and there was a bit of doing nothing during this  

2) one puzzle was broken and required some force, there were some loose hanging wires in this puzzle and was genuinely worried I was going to really break something 

3) advertised as a "tension" game rather than a "scare" game but thought our live actor was terrifying (I am a wuss however). 

If you are hitting several games in BCN I would still put this on your list, there are some very cool things about it - my score is very much influenced by my not enjoying the alone  part of the game, and I don't think other people would necessarily be as bothered by this. 

Played: 17 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclevergreat hosting

This game is absolutely brilliant, we had so much fun. Funny, unusual, some really clever parts to it. Like most of the reviews, don't want to say too much... but be prepared for a physical work out compared to most games. It's a little bit out of BCN but we found it easy to get to on the local train system and it is absolutely worth it. Didn't manage to play their newer game but v much hope to get back to do it at some point (apparently doable as a 2). 

Played: 16 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulillogicalbroken tech😨creepy

I can see in terms of set design why this game has done well - it looks amazing. It has a cool start and we were excited to play. However, this is where most of the fun ended and we did not have a good experience, including one part where the other half of our duo became stuck in a small dark space (ended up having to force the maglock), puzzles that did not really work therefore getting stuck despite having put in the correct answers, and various areas where lights were broken and had not been replaced which meant that the person without the torch (only one provided) could not really do or see anything, a very frustrating experience when you have been separated. 

Although it is advertised as playable in English, they had forgotten to change over various signs within the room, this did not really affect understanding what you had to do but did add to the frustrations and the combination of our poor Spanish and the GM not really speaking much English meant we did find it hard to communicate when we were having issues with broken tech. There are a huge number of excellent games in BCN, and I think this used to be one, but of the games we played there this cost the most and we enjoyed the least. 

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