Played: 15 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:58 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really impressive set and lovely how they've managed to create a story out of a historical event with real shop names and elements of puzzles within. Good variety of dexterity, observational and more. Fun to see some familiar escape room faces in the video segments too.

Played: 15 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnycleverquite easy

Really fun format with having exactly 60 seconds a time to fix the time machine (kinda stressful in places but the fun kind). Good variety of technology based puzzles and everything worked well and was very much in the Deadlocked brand. Whilst the set was definitely a homemade feel it added a fun quirkiness to the game. We also really enjoyed having Wexie back (known famously in the Insiders online game) to help us along the way - only one clue needed and apparently a very quick time for a team of 2 so we're very pleased!

Played: 14 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 48:29 Outcome: Successful escape!

Highly original - the set looks and feels incredible. All of the puzzles are in theme and provided some lovely aha moments. Something for everyone in terms of puzzle types - non linear too which works for more experienced teams. 

Played: 12 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 62:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Lots of great, unique puzzles that were all in-keeping with the theme. Loved that they can change the difficulty to suit the team without anyone noticing. This means it’s great for beginners who need a bit more help and for enthusiasts looking for a bigger challenge. We played as 1 enthusiast and 1 beginner on level 2/3 and needed a tiny bit extra time. Lots of fun

Played: 11 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:33 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclevergreat hosting

As with all Eacape Plan games the theming is superb (and this one is a little jollier than their other games)- all of the puzzles made sense and were in keeping with the theme. A fair few really lovely handmade tactile elements/ puzzles / boxes that elevate the game to be extremely impressive. 

Played: 5 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 51:23 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersivegreat hosting

What an interesting experience! Not scary in any way and makes you rely on all the senses you don’t use as often in escape rooms. Also puts enthusiasts back on the same page as someone new to the hobby as you explore the space without being able to see your hand in front of your face! The puzzles are very varied and are adapted perfectly to the surroundings - physical, logical, search and themed brilliantly around Coalville’s mining history. Lots of fun!

Played: 5 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 46:57 Outcome: Successful escape!
history lesson

Nice scenic route around the town of Coalville, teaching the history of its mining past along the way. Great to see the puzzles using the surroundings rather than just ones you can solve on paper without going on the walk. Quite clever in places - not too taxing for an enthusiast. 

Played: 5 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 19:28
very easy

Lovely simple puzzles to showcase what an escape room is and all the various locks you might come across along the way. Enjoyed the progression between boxes and the clear idea of what was to be done next. Perfect for beginners. 

Played: 5 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 51:21 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting

Trip down memory lane for me having played the original version at HintHunt way back in 2014. Nice to see that the company have made subtle but well received changes to the gameplay whilst keeping the main chunk of the game. Quite search heavy but really fun to find the hiding spots and associated puzzles. 

Played: 5 Aug 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 41:07 Outcome: Successful escape!

Some really lovely ideas in this game with a naturally unique setting. We found the flow for this game to be a little off due to some difficult searches (purely a taste thing) but the puzzles themselves were enjoyable and made clever use of the cab space in the ambulance. 

funnygreat hosting

Hilarious! Make sure to look at all the hidden extras for more jokes. Lovely host and really fun communication heavy puzzles. Would definitely recommend

Played: 16 Jul 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40:25 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulvalue for moneygreat hostingquite difficult

Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this game- can clearly see how much time has been spent by the owners in creating the puzzles and unique interactions with the space. Everything fit beautifully within the theme and there were some great touches that I hadn’t seen anywhere else before. The location is a little out the way but we’ll worth the visit if playing in nearby Cambridge or for a sole trip! They’ve a second room opening in September and I’m sure it will be good too. 

Played: 15 Jul 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53:42 Outcome: Successful escape!

Some really lovely moments throughout a well themed game. Really enjoyed the tricks of Sherlock throughout. One of the puzzles felt a little out of place which let the game down but since it is new and they’re still tweaking it’s all good. 

Played: 26 Jun 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 50:14 Outcome: Successful escape!
poor hosting

A good variety of puzzles that were overly signposted which made it confusing in the opposite way to what you’d expect! One of the puzzles even our GM couldn’t solve after the game which left a bitter taste in our mouths. Of the three at this company we enjoyed the chef one the most. 

Played: 26 Jun 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 41:01 Outcome: Successful escape!

Not as scary as the poster suggests! Some clever moments albeit a little lacklustre on flow and signposting.  For us the GM went a  bit too continuous with scare parts but that’s definitely down to taste 

Played: 26 Jun 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 39:02 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneypoor hostingplain

Some really nice puzzles in here albeit most being paper based. Harder than the average escape room but satisfying aha moments. Our GM for all 3 games was completely uninterested and didn’t even introduce the story of the game so was a bit of a let’s go and see what happens kinda thing. 

Played: 18 Jun 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 30:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
clevergreat hosting

Lovely set of puzzles and a great in theme host. Really enjoyed the use of colour within the sets to change the mood and how everything flowed so nicely 

Played: 18 Jun 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 37:13 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulgreat hosting

Really awesome sets with a lot of care taken to make them look realistic. Great hosting from Reginald Xavier Steven Steven IV (I hope I’ve remembered the mouthful correctly this time 😅). Great variety of puzzles and again lots of fun

Played: 18 Jun 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 37:39 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalgreat hosting

Lots of fun from start to finish. Brilliant GM in character as with all of the other Hounds games. Theming was really unique and lots of fun country / Deep South US references throughout. 

Played: 15 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 3hrs 5 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyoriginalstory-driven

Wow! Huge space and lots of varied and clever puzzles hidden within the mansion space. Our GM was super lovely and helped us fairly along the way. A few stand out moments make this game well worth playing. There’s a few flaws like height restrictions and wear/tear of some items and a couple of very out of the box extractions but the size and quality really do warrant attention. 

Played: 11 Jun 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 56:35 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivepoor hosting

The immersion was fantastic from entering the disused station to inside the game. In with the war /codebreaking theme many of the puzzles were pattern based and often relied on trial and improvement approaches (not a bad thing here I thought). Only thing that let it down was the poor hosting - the host didn’t really introduce the game (explain what the idea was for the 2 new players I had brought with me) or talk with us afterwards and left us to our own devices for ages upon entering the building. 

Played: 4 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53:16 Outcome: Successful escape!

Some really clever puzzles here and a lovely GM to accompany it. A few parts were a little worse for wear but I believe they have plans to replace these items. Decent room worth playing!

Played: 25 May 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:07 Outcome: Successful escape!

A really solid room with a lovely variety of puzzles and some unique clever bits too- was surprised at the quality given the theme tends to lead to easier rooms. Moderate challenge and perfect for a 2

Played: 14 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 43:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Very clever how this room blends with Dystopia - Would recommend playing back to back if you can. Set design was really cool and all puzzles fit well within the theme.

Played: 9 Apr 2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 34:55 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivenquite difficult
Played: 20 Mar 2022 Team size: 2

Tricky to review as the room concept is very unique - an interactive pod that has both progressive and bonus puzzles each with varying points attainable based on speed and accuracy. I really loved the concept but felt that a bit more signposting was needed on how to start and interact with the various elements. Some of the puzzles and games were so much fun though especially the alarm (not a spoiler as you're told before you go in). Mixture of great and confusing elements - with a little more guidance I'd have really loved this.

cleverquite easy

This is not a full escape room rather an escape the case activity. Lots of fun and the atmosphere of the set created was brilliant. Really lovely framing system for the puzzles too. 


Scooby doo horror rather than out and out horror. A few jump scares but nothing too extreme. The second half puzzles were a bit more invovled than the first and had some clever uses of the space (no spoilers). Traditional room done very well!

Played: 20 Mar 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalepicquite difficult

Probably the most overwhelming escape room that I have played and the first see what you can manage in an hour style. Really great variety of puzzles, simply something for everyone and I loved the way in which teams can compete if they wish in this room - every sound really builds a great sense of how well the other team is doing. Very clever and a lot of fun even if my brain was fizzing after!

Played: 12 Feb 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

The room looked great and flowed really well. All of the puzzles fit with the theme and I enjoyed some of the unique elements in it. One physically puzzle stopped us for ages and it was a shame to learn after that there is no built in fail-safe if teams cannot solve it. Also if torches are going to be provided, please give one for each member of the team! Otherwise really enjoyed exploring and escaping the tomb!

Played: 12 Feb 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

As with the other game at this branch, it felt in need of TLC with tired interiors and slowly fading props. I appreciate the game is closing so didn't dwell on this too much. I loved the start to this room - very original and the use of masks fit so brilliantly in the theme. All of the puzzles were very solid and beautifully Deadlocked. I also enjoyed the video links throughout and the simple yet effective use of lock boxes (it is a bank after all)!

Played: 12 Feb 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

I particularly liked the thematic start to this room and then how we got to discover the rest of the space from there. All of the puzzles were really solid and enjoyable, but there was not enough of them... We solved the room in just over half an hour, gaining 2nd on the all time leaderboard, yet didn't feel as if we were rushing at any stage. Shame the branch has now closed, but with a little more TLC on the decor and temperature of the room (it was very cold!) this could have been a lot more!

Played: 12 Feb 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 42 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulgreat hosting

Loved the unique elements of this game and the way the designers have managed to create a real Narnia feel inside! Lots to do and it is very easy to get distracted by things that won't help towards the overall goal. Only gripe is that most of the room is not automated so the GM has to trigger the next steps manually. That being said still very enjoyable!

beautifulgreat hostingpoor signpostingquite difficult

The room really felt authentic, all puzzles were fitting with the theme and felt like they were there to progress the story. A lot of the puzzles were poorly signposted meaning we weren't sure if we had successfully completed them or not. Aside from this our GM was really lovely and chatted for a while afterwards too. 

originalgreat hostingmagical

Everything about this room was just so cool! One element in particular really took me by surprise and is one of my all time escape room highlights. All the puzzles were really fitting with the theme and it truely felt like an adventure. Our host Michelle was superb and even showed us the behind the scenes control room afterwards! Fascinating to play and then see how it all works.

beautifulimmersivegreat hosting

The greatest transition between rooms in a game I've ever played. Really enjoyed the variety of puzzles, the set looked awesome and everything flowed perfectly. Minor gripe with no torches given for sections in darker light so made locks hard to see. Otherwise excellent!

story-drivenepicvery difficult😨creepy

So much to do, so little time! Amazing how much they've managed to fit into the space they have. I loved the mixture of the physical and traditional style puzzles as you explored the manor. Some elements of the room were a little stiff which led us to believe we couldn't use them / need them until hinted. We were also a little annoyed that only 2 torches were provided for the whole team. However, the rest was superb and easily made up for these small gripes! We played this game as 90 minutes and definitely needed the extra half hour. If you can complete in under an hour, hats off to you!

originalclevergreat hostingquite difficult

Really loved the theming of this room and the uniqueness of multiple puzzles. Everything was incredibly well signposted and loved the linking to the history of Derby itself. A must play if in the area.


Great signposting, solid puzzles, and a brilliant story with the added bonus that you are following a real escape plan from the war. 

clevergreat hostingdifferent

Really different kind of experience to your average game. Was lots of fun using the box in unique ways. Some really good puzzles too. Was also great to see the GM in character throughout.

broken techpoor hostingunoriginal

Worst experience we've ever had in a room. One of the puzzles relied on you keeping the pieces in the order you found them, which we naturally didn't realise until later in the game! By this point the puzzle was unsolvable and the GM gave us the answer. The second room of the game was hidden by a piece of paper with 'Don't go through yet' written on it. Seemed very thrown together. The GM also wasn't keen to help when we said that tech had broken too, even claiming it was our fault! AVOID

Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:47 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting

Great first gen game. Our gamesmaster was really friendly and only gave us hints when we wanted. Closest we've ever come to completing a game with 0 clues too!

Played: 16 Oct 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 45 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-drivenunoriginalquite easy😨creepy

Weirdest building I’ve been to for an escape game but it fit the vibe for the story we were about to solve. The start of the game was really immersive from the unusual entry to the games unit and the in-character bartender appearing. The game itself was quite basic and relied heavily on simple world play riddles which was disappointing but would still be good fun for newbies. 

Played: 9 Sep 2021 Team size: 6 Time taken: 57:45 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techimmersiveunoriginalquite easy

More of an immersive experience than escape game. Very little in terms of puzzles but an enjoyable experience hiding from guards and stealing artefacts nonetheless.

Played: 5 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 55:32 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnyimmersivegreat hosting

Jungle Run meets Crystal Maze meets soo many other awesome adventure shows and movies. Lots of ground to cover in this room with plenty of physical puzzles to get occupied- most immersive intro to a game we’ve ever had and our host Dawn was superb!

Played: 5 Aug 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:36 Outcome: Successful escape!

Sooo cool! So many unique elements that we had never seen before. Incredibly immersive room with a real Indiana Jones feel to it. Won’t spoil anything but so worth playing even if the puzzles are largely search based.

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