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Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnygreat hosting
Team size: 2
beautifuloriginalimmersivequite difficult
Team size: 2
immersivestory-drivengreat hostingquite difficult
Team size: 2
beautifuloriginalstory-drivenquite difficult
Team size: 2
beautifulimmersivegreat hosting
Team size: 2
beautifulgreat hostingepicquite difficult😨creepy
Team size: 2
beautifuloriginalepicquite difficult😨creepy
Team size: 2
originalepicquite difficult😨creepy
Team size: 2 Time taken: 65
hi-techoriginalcleverquite difficult
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
beautifulmagicalbroken techquite difficult

Stunning room design but with some broken bits of tech (our gm had to pop in at one point as something didn't open that should have and had to give us an answer to another puzzle as the puzzle mechanics weren't working as they should).

We knew it would be a challenge as 2 players, but even with prompts from our gm (we said we didn't care how many hints so long as we made it through) we were only able to make it 75% of the way through. 

Our GM somewhat reassured us (if that's the right phrase) that no team of 2 has ever completed Spellcraft, so do be aware of that even if you're an experienced team of 2!

Team size: 2 Time taken: 49 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingfamily friendly
Team size: 2 Time taken: 72 Outcome: Successful escape!
Team size: 2 Time taken: 64 Outcome: Failed :-(
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
immersiveoverpricedpoor audio qualityquite difficult

I'm sure to some this game would be really enjoyable, however, even with the limited lighting provided we struggled to see inside the room. All puzzle instructions were to be given by audio, which would be wonderful, if the speakers within the room weren't cranked up to the max making all audio incredibly difficult to comprehend (this is something that could be easily fixed, but the gm didn't seem fussed about the audio quality issues).

Perhaps the game gets going, but our gm escorted us out after a short time saying if we didn't like the audio quality, then it was best that we left rather than completing the game (full disclosure, a full refund was issued, which was very gracious of the company).

Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersive
Team size: 2 Time taken: 63 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulvalue for money

As a group of 2 experienced players we enjoyed the non-linear nature of the game. Nova comes packed with plenty of proper puzzles to solve, which we really enjoyed. The game doesn't necessarily have much narrative, however if you're looking for enjoyable and logical puzzles, this is the game for you!

Also, the entire game is illustrated with high quality graphic 360 environments.

Would deffo recommend!

Team size: 2 Time taken: 52 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulcleverquite difficult

The game had an enjoyable story to follow and the use of different map areas to explore was great.

The game has some wonderful puzzles, but also a couple of puzzles that still left us scratching our heads even having taken the solutions.

Overall a fun game.

Team size: 2 Time taken: 40
fun puzzlesquite easy

Enjoyable game with some good puzzles but a bit of an abrupt ending.

Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
original
Team size: 2 Time taken: 47 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyfun puzzlesquite easy
Team size: 2 Time taken: 92 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-driven

The games graphics are really wonderful with all environments and puzzles displaying in stunning detail.

We enjoyed the mix of simpler tasks and more challenging puzzles.

One puzzle had us a little stumped for a while and the hints system does add a time penalty for every hint taken, which is the only downside!

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnygreat hosting

Retro video game meets interactive theatre meets escape game!

We absolutely loved this game! The work that's gone into creating this whole experience is just ridiculous (in the best way possible)!

Thank you to Joel for being an outstanding host and for creating this wonderfully unique experience.

Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

What a joyous experience from start to finish! The puzzles aren't too difficult, but there is plenty to go at! The game has a lovely mix of logic puzzles and fun tasks to complete in a wonderful carnival setting with plenty of fun and unique suprises along the way!

Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Without saying too much, the wonderful team at WayOut have really upped their game! 

We enjoyed every second of The Agency and our hosts Fran & Mayte were an absolute pleasure too!

Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivemagical
Team size: 7 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveintensequite difficult
Played: September 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
cleverimmersiveintense👻scary
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!
good puzzlesquite 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
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