Escape Enthusiast

Played: 28 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Hounds have really created something special with this experience. It's not a traditional escape room and will require you to move along at a slower pace in order to soak in the rich atmosphere and narrative. However the puzzles are as strong as you'd expect coming from Hounds and the theming/immersion is second to none. They have once again outdone themselves and have created something that is literally perfection. It's got a really nice, creepy atmosphere with some cracking dark humour. However, it's not too scary (though there are certainly plenty of jump scares throughout - just nothing too bad). Overall, it's a phenomenal experience that is well and truly one of the most spectacular rooms i've ever done. New #1 for sure!

immersivefamily friendlymagical
Team size: 4 Time taken: 97 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicaloverpricedout of game knowledgevery difficult

Really disappointed with this game after all the hype. The puzzles are needlessly obtuse in a totally frustrating and unfun way. A larger group is required due to the difficulty, however the game is strictly linear so only two people can really be involved at any one time. I barely did anything in the game apart from a painfully frustrating video game segment that grew old far too quickly. The narrative didn't have enough depth to it, but was an interesting touch. The twist was sadly very predictable. I honestly wouldn't recommend. I hate to say it as the host was lovely. But it just felt pretentious with some of the tricks that were thrown into the puzzles. The worst offender requiring outside knowledge to complete (spoilers) leap years (end of spoilers). I sadly ended up wanting to leave the room partway through as I was so bored. It's well themed and the concept is great, but the execution is very much lacking. 

Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-drivenintensequite difficult
Played: 25 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49 mins

Quite possibly the best horror game i've ever played. The concept behind the room and plays quite a heavy role in your progression. There are some shocking twists and turns and the puzzles have a nice flow to them. 

Played: 25 Jun 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginalimmersivequite difficult

CREW is a fantastic experience which I highly recommend. It's incredibly unique, being more of an immersive puzzle experience than an escape room. It relies heavily on teamwork and incorporates a lot of variety when it comes to puzzles. There's a lot of tech involved, but it feels very befitting of the theme and makes the game highly engaging. What can I say, Co-Decode have done it again. Great venue with three stellar games. 

Played: 28 May 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersiveepicquite difficult
Played: 2 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 62:25 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverquite difficult
Played: 19 Mar 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53:36 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hosting

The moment you step on-board the bus Dino Deadlock is set on, you'll see why there is so much hype behind this game. It is beautifully themed and really nails the 'Jurassic Park Research Lab' vibe. Considering the fact it's within a single floor bus, that's incredibly impressive. On top of the immersive theming, there are some really enjoyable puzzles. There are a good mix of logic puzzles, alongside some exploration and physical tasks.  There's something for everyone and all of the puzzles are incredibly good fun. I think fun is the best way to describe the room. It left us with a huge smile on our faces. To top it all off we had the most amazing host. I would definitely recommend this room. It's visually stunning, has some really enjoyable puzzles and is just so unique simply due to the fact it's on a bus. 

Played: 20 Feb 2022 Team size: 4
immersivestory-drivenweak finale

The Drop is a very unique experience. It's part escape room, part immersive theatre. The attraction is very engaging and is very immersive. I really enjoyed the initial puzzle section, and thought the progression into full on immersive theatre was a nice touch. Unfortunately, the ending was incredibly abrupt. The plot seemed to be building up to an immense finale and just as we were expecting to be confronted with what would've been an exciting ending we were met with what was effectively a "The End" slide appearing on a screen. It was rather disappointing given the calibre of what came before. It left a rather sour taste in our mouths as it the ending that we expected. 

Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
Team size: 4 Time taken: 59:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveintensequite difficult💀extreme fear

Turf Wars is arguably one of the most terrifying experiences i've ever done. Whilst there are puzzles to solve, I'd argue that the focus here is on the scares. It's a cat and mouse game where you're forced to run from the hunters whilst attempting to solve the four puzzle boxes. Needless to say this is quite the challenge given the ever-present threat of the hunters. If you're a fan of scare attractions or horror based escape rooms this is a must visit. However if you're easily scared or aren't prepared to do a whole ton of running, maybe this experience isn't for you. I absolutely loved Turf Wars, even if I did spend a good 15 mins of it hiding in a corner too scared to move! 

Team size: 3 Time taken: 56:55 Outcome: Successful escape!

The Lost Passenger is an enjoyable experience for the atmosphere of the game alone. Sadly the puzzles let it down, with the latter half of the game feeling a little bit like you're following a very complex instruction manual. It's a little anti-climactic. It's well worth doing if you want to soak in the immersion of the abandoned tube station, however if you're looking for a good challenge/interesting puzzles, perhaps look elsewhere. 

Played: 13 Feb 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 52:14 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-drivengreat hostingquite difficult

Monuments is an absolutely fantastic escape room. The setting within the cave works perfectly for the story told throughout the room. It's deeply atmospheric and immerses you into this wonderful historical narrative that ties heavily into the puzzles you'll be solving. It's a rather challenging escape room, but don't let that put you off. The puzzles are magnificent and are very well thought out. It's an utter joy to play and has gone straight up towards the top of my escape room rankings. 

Played: 30 Jan 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55:10 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersivegreat hosting

Yet another fantastic game from TimeTrap. I really enjoyed the espionage side to this room. The method in which we identified the infiltrator was unique and highly enjoyable. There were some great puzzles in this room and as you'd expect from TimeTrap it was wonderfully themed and deeply immersive. Definitely an easy recommendation.

Played: 13 Feb 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 59:14 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverintensequite difficult

This room is quite simply a whole load of fun. It's chock-full of brilliant puzzles, with a lot of variety present. It's quite challenging and there's an absolute ton of puzzles to get through. Thankfully with the score system you don't have to solve everything, so you can complete the room without a huge group. This is definitely a room that every escape enthusiast should visit. I simply can't stress just how enjoyable it is! 

Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyhi-techintense
Played: 12 Feb 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55:50

I don't want to spoil anything so I'll keep this review brief. This room is simply stunning. It's a phenomenal experience with brilliant puzzles and beautiful scenery. It's by far my favourite escape room i've experienced. It balances theatrics with some creative puzzles. This should be the priority for any escape room enthusiast. It's perfect. Absolutely flawless.

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