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Teammates:EdCale
Played: 25 Jan 2024 Team size: 3 Time taken: 49:19 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivenillogicalbroken techquite difficult
Not too impressed with this despite some favourable reviews. The set felt poorly maintained and tech felt janky / unresponsive. Puzzles needed better signposting and there was a lot of faffing around as it wasn't obvious what to focus on next. Ending was something different at least - although the difficulty selection at such a late stage seemed like an odd inclusion. There were some fun references throughout however
Teammates:EdCale
Played: 25 Jan 2024 Team size: 3 Time taken: 30:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyoriginal
Surprised by this game and enjoyed it quite a lot. First and last room are a bit meh but the middle is pretty solid. Original idea and some fun puzzles
Teammates:JazEd
Played: 12 Nov 2023 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclever

Surprised by this game as I'd not heard much. Liked how it integrated local history into the puzzles and was very original. The puzzles are very good throughout and there's plenty to be getting on with - weren't so sure one of the final puzzles though, which felt a bit timewasting. You can tell it was an older room but overall it still delivers high quality gameplay that is unique and puzzle focussed.

Teammates:JazEd
Played: 12 Nov 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 5160 PUDs Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverfamily friendlyintense

Such a neat concept makes this a great room for enthusiasts while also appealing to family / novice groups. Kept us engaged throughout and despite being quite linear, we all had good time and would tackle bonus puzzles while the others attacked the primary puzzle. Set is good and puzzles are a lot of fun to solve - only a well hidden bit of searching kept us from the maximum score. Really enjoyable game, highly recommended

Teammates:JazEd
Played: 12 Nov 2023 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersive

Not as good as their newest game but easy to see why it has a great reputation. This is a neat prohibition themed room with a cool set and solid puzzles throughout. A couple of observation / searching ones caught us out and could've done with more signposting but others were satisfying to solve and the room is excellent overall. 

Teammates:JazEd
Played: 12 Nov 2023 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalclever

A fantastic game with a great theme and set, plus loads of brilliant puzzles too. This is crammed full of sci-fi references to keep you entertained if you ever pause to admire the scenary. Puzzles are enjoyable, challenging and logical - signposting in particular was excellent. A memorable finale rounds out the experience. Brilliant overall, and we had an awesome time

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 7 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 29:49 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hostingquite easy

Pleasantly surprised by this game, as it delivers a very solid experience with a lovely set and elegant puzzles throughout. The hosting elevates it to another level - Fogg was brilliant and we can't see anyone else playing the role as well. Really liked the unique start to the game and just had a great time. Can't recommend this venue enough! 

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 7 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 51:06 (£144,784) Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveintensequite difficult

What a game! This is a puzzlefest style room with fantastic puzzles throughout, funny references and a great set. Our host Jamie was brilliant and I just had a brilliant time. The ending was tense and exciting, just wish we had some more time to crack on with the earlier stage of the game. This is similar to Quick E-Mart although I found this a better game, mainly down to its production level and great puzzles. All round fantastic, and not to be missed! 

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 7 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 55:17 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunny

A funny and original game with some solid puzzles and a cool set. Wish there was a soundtrack as you could hear a lot from the corridor outside which took me out of it a bit. In all a light hearted and enjoyable room

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 7 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 52:10 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalepicadventurousquite easy

A great adventure game with a fun use of different levels and many new areas to discover. Theming was great and the puzzles were a lot of fun - the idea of having no written english in the game forced some cool ways of signposting puzzles. I wish there was a bit more to the ending, but generally had a lot of fun climbing around in here and think it's the best at the venue

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 7 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 31:21 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy

Booked on the day and actually preferred it to pub and chip shop. Just found the puzzles worked better for us (except opening the front door) and we had a better flow. The set won't blow you away but is good and I liked the character in the room. Only real issue was that we skipped the ending by finding something too soon, feels like something that could be easily fixed and would probably have elevated the experience for us. Worth playing though if doing the other games here

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 7 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40:01 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalgreat hostingquite easy

A unique concept and lots of fun to play. Bit searchy for us at points but our host Ethan was good fun and kept us on track. Preferred the first half - 2nd half felt a bit cramped and wasn't so sure on the story. Puzzles throughout were enjoyable and logical and I'd recommend playing, just not for a large team 

Teammates:EllieTylerHannah
Played: 5 Oct 2023 Team size: 6 Time taken: N/A Outcome: Successful escape!
overpriced😨creepy

About what I expected although less scares than anticipated. Meh puzzles that didn't really involve the whole team and we then needed to wait afterwards for the other groups to finish. Decisions / actions throughout made no difference to the narrative and somewhat killed the immersion - it was otherwise quite an impressive set. Acting was good but not very much of it. We got a decent groupon discount cutting the price down, but at full price this is way overpriced for what you get. An enjoyable enough experience for fans of immersive horror and the Saw francise, not one for people who enjoy puzzles

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 12 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45:38 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-drivenintense

A brilliant game with great immersion and really fun puzzles. The start of the game was particularly good and the ending was suitable intense. Fantastic hosting as always from Clue Cracker, highly recommended

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 12 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40:54 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersive

Well themed and fun room with a good sense of progression throughout. Puzzles were fun, nice mixture of padlocks and physical puzzles. Good hosting, and well worth playing along with the others at clue cracker

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 12 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 31:55 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfunnyepicquite easy

Truly a brilliant escape room, and so much fun to play. All the puzzles are just amazingly well executed and really enjoyable to solve. The build is fantastic and the interaction with the GM makes for a very immersive experience. Some cool mechanics throughout keep things interesting and an intense finale end the game in style. Unmissable!

Teammates:JazEdEllie
Played: 12 Jul 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 49:31 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalimmersive

A really unique and inventive outing from Clue Cracker, this had a brilliant set and was incredibly immersive. Puzzles were (for the most part) fun and inventive, I think a couple needed a bit more signposting and I expect this is something they'll adjust as the game is open for longer. Principally, they absolutely nail the theme and the build quality is outstanding. Well worth playing!

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 8 Jun 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 47:38 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalpoor upkeep

Houdini's have been on my radar for a while and this game is supposed to be one of their best. Unfortunately, while it may have been great 5 years ago it really isn't today. The set felt very tired and poorly maintained: clearly puzzles had been removed but props were still left, some clues had numbers written in marker pen and various bits of set dressing were damaged and broken. The puzzles were not well signposted and a lot were just bland or timewasting. The floorplan is quite large, but the spaces still managed to feel tiny and boring. Our GM said this was a fully linear game which was blatantly not true and there was none of the briefing I'd heard about using their cinema screen. There was no soundtrack either, the captain would occasionally give updates on the situation but no foghorn or ship's bell to indicate if we were doing something correctly or not despite being told this in the brief. 

Just rather disappointed given I'd heard a lot about it - doubt I'll try any of their other games if this is the standard. 

Teammates:JazEdEllie
Played: 24 May 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 30s (47mins) Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginalstory-driven
Teammates:JazEdEllie
Played: 24 May 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 41:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverstory-driven

An enjoyable room with a lot of fun to be had. Enjoyed the character briefing and puzzles. The space had been used quite well to create a sense of adventure in a small area and the game had a great flow to it. Definitely play this before it goes!

Teammates:JazEdEllie
Played: 24 May 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 38:06 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalmagical

Our favourite of the TimeTrap games, this had a very playful theme executed wonderfully. Puzzles were interesting and varied, game flow felt spot on for 4 people and the set design was excellent. Not to be missed!

Teammates:JazEdEllie
Played: 24 May 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 44:43 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalimmersive

Immersion is fantastic in Pudding Lane and clearly a lot of care has gone into the story and set design. The puzzles were unique and logical, we just thought that 4 people felt like too many in here at points. GM Tegan was brilliant, and this is overall an amazing game

Teammates:JazEd
Played: 9 May 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 43:17
clever
Teammates:JazEd
Played: 9 May 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 32:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy😨creepy
Teammates:JazEd
Played: 9 May 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 24:07 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy
Teammates:Jaz
Played: 26 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivepoor hosting

A unique and inventive game with brilliant theming and set. Enjoyed the adventurous aspect too and the puzzles made sense with the story. However, we thought puzzles could do with better signposting and there was a lot of reading involved. One puzzle was particularly infuriating and fiddly to solve. The GM overclued a lot and would sometimes direct us away from a puzzle we were currently solving. Had a cool exit from the game but there was no one to meet us when we did so felt a bit meh. This could be an amazing game, just didn't hit the mark for us this time

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 26 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 38:41 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulmagicalpoor hosting

Didn't have the best experience here due mainly to the GM, who overclued us loads throughout the game basically as soon as we found a puzzle to the point we weren't really solving much ourselves. The set was excellent however, particularly in the 2nd half. Hopefully our experience was an anomaly and we still enjoyed playing

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 26 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 37:28 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulgreat hostingmagical

What a wondeful game! The set throughout was fantastic but was particularly great in the 2nd half of the game. Enjoyed all of the puzzles which were logical and really fun to solve, plus had some cool bits of tech involved. I particularly liked all the references throughout; clearly this was designed by a passionate Harry Potter fan! 

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 26 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 73:17
cleverstory-drivengreat hosting

Really enjoyed this game and particularly the hosting from Fran was fantastic! Puzzles are fun and well integrated into the story, plus the final room is just puzzles galore. Really enjoyed the deductive aspect as well. An excellent game all round

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 26 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45:54 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyadventurous

Great sense of adventure throughout this game. Set is pretty good and the puzzles all worked but some were quite basic and we definitely overcomplicated them. Definitely a great game to play with kids but good fun for adults as well and we enjoyed it a lot. Owner is really friendly and passionate 

Played: 17/04/2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 50:35 Outcome: Successful escape!

Not as good as their other games but still good fun. Found it to be quite searchy like Little Miss Lock, but liked how it all came together in the end and the puzzles all linked to the story. Our GM was good at giving subtle hints instead of revealing the answers. Prioritise the other games at this venue first, but this is worth playing if you have the time available

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 17 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 51:04 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivestory-driven
Enjoyed this game a lot and is probably my favourite at Lock Academy. The premise was intriguing and well executed, plus the puzzles felt more logical. The set in the 2nd half is excellent and I enjoyed all the references throughout to films and games. It's clear what the inspiration for the game was, and I think they executed it fantastically. 
Teammates:Jaz
Played: 17 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:59 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginalstory-driven
This was my 100th game and was a lot of fun. Liked the 2nd half of the game more as it felt more logical what to do but the first half was still good fun, just a bit searchy. Particularly liked one puzzle involving the GM and thought that tech was generally well integrated. Another tense finale which gets the heart rate up
Teammates:Jaz
Played: 17 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49:15 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-driven
A decent game, but more plain than others from Lock Academy. Puzzles were very search heavy initially but improved later on. Story was quite well done and made sense which is good to see. Tense finale was fun and the GM was good
Teammates:JazEdCale
Played: 23 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 26:42 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hostingquite easy

A wonderfully unique game that was fantastically hosted by Charlie. Found the theming excellent and authentic, and the handcuff mechanic was well executed to feel safe while simultaneously immersive. Puzzles required strong teamwork and were logical, although we'd have enjoyed a "hard" version of the game with even more to do. If you're after a less standard but very fun game, look no further than the Brig. The owners/GMs of Live Escape Salisbury are super friendly and I can't wait to see what the design next

Teammates:JazEdCale
Played: 23 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 41:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
good puzzles

Can tell this is an old game but a lot of the ideas in here were quite advanced for when this was built. Enjoyed a lot of the puzzles, but others felt a bit odd and required a fair bit of searching. Theming was simultaneously good yet plain. The story and ideas behind the game were good and the finale puzzle was cool, but other bits felt quite tired. The GM/owner Claire was lovely however and provided the perfect amount of help. We had fun in here, and would love to see the ideas in it modernised or refreshed

Teammates:JazEdCale
story-driven

A strong set with authentic props made this feel immersive but puzzles felt a bit dated. Found the franksy puzzles very logical where as we needed a few more nudges in here despite this being an easier room apparently. Liked the theme and ideas though

Teammates:JazEdCale
Played: 23 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 28:54 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalquite easy
A very good game with a cool theme and some fun puzzles. There were a couple of puzzles that felt timewasting - one in particular took 2 of our team nearly 15 minutes to solve - but the other puzzles were original, logical and well signposted. Liked the end and our GM Jamie showed us the alternative ending. Franksy is a lot of fun and you're bound to enjoy playing
Teammates:JazEdCale
Played: 23 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 42:40 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautiful

Loved the entrance area and lobby - the artifacts are insanely good. The game had a fantastic build quality but we found the puzzles a bit lacking and the story difficult to follow. Immersion was great and the potential of this venue is huge. Our GM was excellent. 

Teammates:JazEdCale
Played: 23 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 24:49 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyquite easy
Good fun game, started off quite standard then became a very enjoyable non-linear affair. This was apparently their hardest setting which didn't feel like it. Set was the weakest point but there was more thought put into the story than most other games. Enjoyable and probably a good room to take beginners to
Teammates:JazBartek
Played: 6 Feb 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 50ish Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyoriginalquite difficult

Based on conecpt alone this should be an excellent game, but I feel its execution left a lot to be desired. Set and theming was well done and puzzles required a strong element of teamwork, but something about the puzzles felt odd. There was nothing massively wrong with any of the puzzles, but we just didn't get on with them too well. This was especially true in the latter part of the game, where the flow became very linear and the solutions weren't particularly clear - meant a lot of twiddling padlock dials until it would open as the code wasn't very clear. 

This certainly isn't a bad game and you'll have fun in here, plus is very affordable too. The ideas just need some streamlining as it felt a bit all over the place. The owner Liam was lovely and cleary has put a lot of effort into the room - Mutiny just didn't work for us I think.

Teammates:JazTylerHannah
Played: 2 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 34:45 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalgreat hosting
I enjoyed this a lot. Set was good and puzzles were inventive - a staple for Escape Plan. Sam was yet again a great GM. At any other venue this would be their best room which goes to show the quality of Escape Plan. Well worth playing
Teammates:JazTylerHannah
Played: 2 Feb 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 42:47 and 71/71 planes Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverstory-drivenquite difficult

Managed to meet the high expectations from Roll out the Barrel and cements Escape Plan as the best venue in London for me. Puzzles are inventive and lots of fun to solve, plus the meta-puzzle of pushing squadrons around on a giant map is fantastic and well realised. Staff are really great as always - we had Sam who was well up for a chat after. This game is brilliant!

Teammates:JazDanMatt
Played: 24 Jan 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 42:25 Outcome: Successful escape!

First big franchise escape room and kinda what I expected. The hosts were friendly and chatty. The room itself was mediocre - set was plain and quite worn but did the job, puzzles ranged from illogical to okay and there was lots of trying the same code in many locks. Clues were typed on a screen and the story was meh. Our novice friends quite enjoyed it however, and we did all have fun. Don't expect much and you'll probably enjoy it too, just you won't be blown away. 

Teammates:Jaz
Played: 11 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40:38 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyquite easy

Lots of fun with good and inventive puzzles. Set felt a bit naff but was nicely themed to feel christmassy. Worth playing if it's brought back next year 

Played: 31 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 1hr 30mins (ish) Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneycleverquite difficult

Had some cool puzzles and was a fun time. QR system worked well, and liked that there weren't too many pieces of paper or fiddly puzzles

Teammates:Ed
Played: 23 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 71:16 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalstory-drivenquite difficult

Such an elegant game with an outstanding build quality on the set - probably the best attention to detail I've seen yet. Everything down to the intro video was beautiful and a theatric use of light and sound made for an immersive experience. Puzzles worked well with the story and were really unique - there's no padlocks to be found here. Would have liked some better signposting at times, but the use of lights to show what you should focus on was a nice touch. The owner said this took 3 years to build and you can see why, this game is just wonderful

Teammates:JazEdCale
Played: 22 Dec 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 43:39 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleveramazing puzzles

Was prepared to be totally disappointed by this as I could find such little information about the game and few reviews. However, the gamble paid off as this was a wonderful game full of excellent puzzles, many unique and refreshing. You could split up throughout most of the game so never felt like you were faffing around, plus the searching was kept to a minimum. The set was pretty good too. Our GM was friendly and only gave us prompts when we missed something obvious. Truly a fantastic game, and well worth playing. This venue has 5 more games planned so I'm excited for those and will definitely be back

Teammates:JazEdCale
Played: 21 Dec 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 35ish Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginal

The space here is really large and unique but feels somewhat empty and under-utilised. Some puzzles were really clever, but a lot revolved around following instructions and searching for things. Basically spent a lot of the game feeling somewhat lost and like I wasn't doing much. There was a nice finale to the game and section that involved some good communication, although when we exited the game and had to wait a while before the GM arrived. The GM herself was lovely and very chatty. It's a good game with a lovely set, but you'd probably enjoy it more with fewer players as there didn't feel like there were many puzzles

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