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Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivemagical
Team size: 7 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveintensequite difficult
Played: September 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalmagical
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy
Team size: 2 Time taken: 36 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy
Team size: 3
value for moneyoriginalillogicalquite difficult

We enjoyed having to figure out which puzzle elements from 1 player fit with which elements from another player. 

The game had a nice variety of puzzles, though not particularly narrative driven.

It would have been nice for the hint system to be integrated within the game, as we only discovered the link to the hints by accident.

One element of the game was particularly obtuse and without hints we would never have known the correct way to use one of the games final elements.

Overall a solid game.

funnyfamily friendlyfestive

Christmas in November? Only if it's on a tropical island with reggae Christmas carols!

What a fun and unique game with plenty of festive puzzles to enjoy! The game offers a great mix of levels of puzzles to suit experienced and novice players alike.

The game had a fun and unique take on a Christmas story that I haven't seen before but thoroughly enjoyed!

Played: 6 Jun 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyclevergood puzzles
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
overpriceduser unfriendly systemquite difficult
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfamily friendlyuplifting
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclevergreat hosting
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techmagicalvariable camera quality
Team size: 2 Time taken: 52:26 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendly
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techmagical
Team size: 2
value for moneyclevergreat hosting
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyoriginalgreat hosting
Team size: 4
original

Having read lots of rave reviews about this game, our team had to check it out (being lovers of both escape rooms and coffee), I have to say, we were a little underwhelmed by our experience. 

Perhaps it was an off day, but our avatar seemed a little distant and offered little in the way of interaction, even when we were struggling and obviously had no idea what we were doing, no help was offered (we were told at the end we'd got an achievement for not having any hints, but no hints were offered)., we ended up over time but our avatar was kind enough to allow us to finish. 

The game contains various puzzles in the Telescape inventory, some of these puzzles would have been nice to have seen completed by the avatar inside the room, instead our avatar told us to look back at telescape multiple times when we asked him to perform tasks (perhaps a digital version of the game would suit?) and even actively wandered around "tidying up" whilst we were solving puzzles. I'm sure this style of play will suit some groups, but we prefer our avatar games to take place largely in the room. 

Our team found it difficult to hear a couple of very important audio elements that took place within the room, so we felt like we'd missed out on large chunks of the games story. 

There are some really nice & clever puzzles in the game, and a couple of unexpected twists and turns to keep you engaged.  Overall, it was a fun experience. 

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyimmersivegreat hostingquite easy😨creepy
Played: 3 May 2021 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverfamily friendly
Team size: 2
originalstory-drivenfamily friendly
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techimmersivequite easy

If you love warhammer, then you'll adore this game! 

No expense has been spared in the creation of the game, it is a visual feast from start to finish. The level of detail in the rooms decor is absolutely outstanding. We were lucky enough to get to test play the online avatar version of the game and we both agreed that we wanted to crawl through our screens and experience the game in person (thanks covid). 

Our avatar was great, he stayed in character throughout the game and offered small hints when we weren't sure quite what to do next. 

As an escape game, the game isn't too puzzle heavy and the puzzles that are there aren't too challenging, but the overall experience makes up for any downfall on that part. 

Overall, the game is a fantastic experience that I would certainly recommend to any scifi fans or gamers wanting to try a different kind of game! 

Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingfamily friendlyquite easy
Team size: 3 Time taken: 50 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyoriginalghostlyquite easy😨creepy

We were lucky enough to be invited to test out the latest digital offering from Online Escape Rooms Ireland, and we were delighted with what we found! 

Spirit Seekers is not an adaptation of an in person game, in fact, the game takes place in reall life ruins in the idyllic Irish county side! The game uses 360 images captured inside the ruins, and has a fairly vast map area to explore! 

The game has a bit of a creepy atmosphere without being overly scary, so it's still suitable for families or those of a nervous disposition. 

Through your exploration, you'll need to unearth 4 pieces of evidence of paranormal activity, and what better what to achieve this than vy solving a few puzzles on the way! The puzzles are a lovely mix of classic puzzles and drag and drop puzzles with a couple of tricky puzzles thrown in for good measure. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what Online Escape Rooms Ireland creates next! 

Played: 21/2/21 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyoriginalclever
Escape Rooms Island Phobia: Magic School, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Team size: 1 Time taken: 58:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
hi-techillogicalpoor hostingquite difficult
Team size: 2 Time taken: 56:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techcleverpoor hosting
Team size: 2 Time taken: 41:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingquite easy

Fun game. The set is well built and looks great. The puzzles are fun and well themed to the setting. The Telescape inventory was well used to deliver crucial information during the game. 

We finished the game with 20 mins remaining and found the game ended quite abruptly (I know this is a part of the experience) , we are relatively experienced players but we were expecting a more challenging experience. 

Perhaps it was just us, but our ending video appeared to cut out midway through and we were left wondering if there was more to come or if the game had ended. 

All in all, our avatar was wonderful, he followed our directions perfectly and played along with our more ludicrous suggestions, making for an overall entertaining, if not a slightly underwhelming experience. 

Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
broken techpoor hostingplain

Crucial props were missing, game master took 10 mins to bring in a crucial prop that had been removed during reset. We were told the item was inside and we just hadn't looked hard enough. GM laughed when bringing in the missing prop and no apology was made. Hints weren't given when requested, we had to wait long periods of time and we could hear the GM chatting to others outside the room whilst we were waiting on hints. 

We were also asked to take a "losers" photo before we even entered the room, which didn't exactly start us out on the best footing. 

The puzzles either required a few leaps of logic or were very simple, there seemed to be no inbetween. 

Time taken: 46:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 23 Nov 2015 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 3/6/21 Team size: 5 Time taken: 58:46 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneycleverstory-driven

I’ve done escape rooms in person at island escape and enjoyed the originality and the thought put inti their games. 

I was impressed with the use of the 3D room map with interactive elements via Telescape to be able to have a closer look at items as our host discovered them.

We were a group of 5 and all had chance to suggest where to explore and be the lead detective. Helena the host was very welcoming and helpful and quickly made the experience comfortable.

The rooms puzzles were very clever, well themed to the story and nicely paced with a few suprises along the way. Definitely recommend!

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