Jen Wells (Get Wells Soon)


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Played: 14 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 23.26 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulclever
A pretty room with a good collection of puzzles, friendly hosting and one particular challenge that really made us laugh; not a difficult room but it all ran very smoothly and we had smiles on our faces the entire time.
Played: 14 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 23.46 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendly
A fun room with decent puzzles that made sense and some cute quirks.It's certainly not a challenging room, as reflected in our time, but we really enjoyed the puzzles that were there. Hosting was friendly and pleasant - a nice room for a family with children.
Played: 13 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalgreat hosting
A beautiful, industrial, steampunk-esque adventure with lots to do and some fantastically immersive elements that really up the enjoyment factor. Even the waiting area for this game is pretty and the attention to detail doesn't just stop there.Super puzzles - including plenty of physical challenges - and a local flavour make this an excellent offering from Escape Key. We'll definitely be back to do the rest of the rooms!
Played: 13 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulclever
An excellent retro vibe in here with all of the neon glory of an eighties arcade. Nice puzzles, great theming and an all-round funky time... we just wish there was more of it!
Played: 13 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivengreat hostingintense
A heist in a jeweller's is a guaranteed good time but this one doesn't just throw you straight into the shop: here, you've got to plan your heist first... Having one main objective makes this room achievable for everyone but having additional bonuses means this offers enthusiasts and bigger teams plenty to do. Hosting is friendly and welcoming while the rooms are nicely put together and a real joy to play. Highly recommended.
Played: 13 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
clevergreat hosting
This offers something a bit different, with a super puzzle to start the game with that we didn't expect. Once into the cave, it's all relatively straightforward but not particulary easy, which is always a pleasure for an experienced team. It's a quality offering from a lovely escape room centre.
Played: 6 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-driven
What is particular clear in here is how much the owner loves a certain spooky series set in the 80s, as there are so many references in here and there is so much attention to detail; the effort that has gone into making as many nods to the series as possible is very clear.The puzzles were nice and all made sense, although it would be good to have some more signposting.
Played: 6 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hosting
At £20 for a team of two, this is an absolute steal and it's fair to say that the hosting really was an unexpected highlight because the GM is in full Grinch mode. Our host was also a real pleasure to talk to about all things escape room.The concept of stealing all of the presents is an effective one and there are some nice puzzles in a surprisingly generous space.
Played: 2 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hostingintense

A glorious puzzle-fest with an insane amount to do, this is absolutely jam-packed with things that will keep even enthusiasts busy for the entire hour.

It's great to see so many puzzles of varying difficulty packed into a space that keeps on opening up to reveal more and more; it's a guaranteed fun bonanza for teams of all sizes and experience levels and - while there's a leader board for those competitive teams who win the most points - the fear of 'not escaping' isn't there, as the focus is simply to score as many points as possible.

We are big fans of any 'collect-athon' style games, so absolutely loved this one. 

Played: 2 Jan 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivengreat hosting

A traditional escape room with some nice twists that add to the challenge level. There was plenty to do for our team of two and it was all perfectly logical with good signposting and a lovely flow to the gameplay.

A big shout out to Mark, our GM, who was friendly, accommodating and a real pleasure to talk to. He also gave us a great coffee recommendation for our break between games!

Played: 31 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalclever

As delightfully scrumptious as a kitsch afternoon tea, this is a lovely take on the Lewis Carroll tale. Everything in here is so pretty and the puzzles test a whole hatful of skills. Attention to detail is absolutely spot-on in here and the puzzles match up to the gorgeous decor.

We loved the varied gameplay that alternated between linear and non-linear and we particularly enjoyed the creativity of the puzzles.

Lovely hosting here, as always.

Played: 31 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalstory-driven

Oz is emerging as the jewel in the crown here at Xscape Now, which is an impressive feat, considering the high-quality of their other rooms. It's a glorious, shining ruby of an adventure with so many cute nods to the story of The Wizard of Oz and a plethora of puzzles that vary in difficulty. 

It says a lot about a room when you forget the outside world and are completely immersed in the world you are in; Oz delivers just this. It's a magical adventure created with love, creativity and a zeal for puzzles.

Wish I could go back in and do it again.

Played: 31 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverintensemagical

A corker of a room that just keeps on going! So many super puzzles and a lovely combination of linear and non-linear gameplay, meaning that there is plenty to do together and plenty to break off and tackle independently.

It was so nice to do a magic room that wasn't related to a certain boy-wizard (although we love those too) and it offered a different kind of magic that is interactive in some instances and forms well-themed puzzles in others.

GMs here are always an absolute delight and it's somewhere we would travel across the country for, as the puzzles are plentiful and the welcome is warm.

Played: 27 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingpuzzle-fest

It's the puzzles that are always the standout at Beverley Breakout and Fran and the team have excelled again with an absolute puzzle-fest of a room.

You know it's going to be a fun room when there are bonus puzzles on top of a room that already has plenty to do; we had a cracking time in here and, as usual here, the welcome was warm and friendly.

Played: 24 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverstory-drivenfamily friendly

A lovely way to countdown to Christmas. We really rated this one and would rate the puzzles higher than other calendars we have done. There were some really inventive puzzles in here and a clever use of different elements of the box itself. We didn't find any duff puzzles and we thoroughly enjoyed solving every single day's clue.

Played: 23 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverstory-drivengreat hosting

A very different, story-based room that really feels like a proper criminal investigation. The five star rating for this room comes from how clever it is; don't go expecting a huge, fancy set or a wealth of tech but do expect genuine clue-solving and a unique escape experience that is the brainchild of someone who just loves escape rooms and loves thinking about things a little differently.

We could have stayed for hours chatting about all things escape with Ronan, who approaches designing escape experiences with zeal and a flair for drama, which is echoed in the finale to Case Closed. So much fun and a genuine escape from the real world.

Played: 23 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting

A straight-forward padlock and code escape room with decent puzzle flow and some nice details.

We flew through it so it would be great for beginners or families, as it's not tricky and is very linear but there are some nice moments that we enjoyed.

Jon was our host and he was an absolute delight.

Played: 9 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingfamily friendly

The first room to open in Escapable's brand new venue, this is a typically festive Christmas offering with well-designed puzzles, a decent amount of locks and plenty of seasonal references that one would expect from a game set in Santa's house.

Great hosting from Luke - who was a real pleasure to chat to about all things escape room - and a nice set of inventive puzzles. 

Played: 9 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingfamily friendly

Escapable always deliver great puzzles and a friendly welcome and this year's festive offering at their main site is another classic, lock-filled Christmas bonanza.

As keen padlock-enthusiasts, there is nothing that makes us happier than charging around a room with a key or code to put into a lock and this provides that thrill in spades. Puzzles are cute and inventive and this room really got us in the Christmas spirit.

Played: 26 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersive

We'd read how beautiful the sets are here and were not disappointed - it really does feel like being in a castle. The atmosphere inside the room is indeed magical and there are some lovely magical puzzles.

Be warned that the lighting in here is dim, meaning it can be a little tricky to see codes in padlocks at times.

This game is advertised as being family-friendly, which I totally agree with - there aren't any tricky puzzles in here and it's a straightforward, linear game.

Played: 26 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 25 stars Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulgreat hostingmagical

Mike and Elaine have done it again! Christmas in Chapelgate is utterly magical, with a sprinkling of Dickensian charm and the usual attention to detail. The puzzles are plentiful and varied, beautifully handcrafted and an absolute joy to solve.

This is a classic Chapelgate escape room with a festive twist so you won't find tinsel or puzzles about the twelve days of Christmas; what you will find is 60 minutes of sheer escape indulgence in a setting we didn't want to leave. Truly - and literally, this time -  a gold star escape room.

Played: 25 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techgreat hosting

Space-themed games aren't our normal top choice but we really enjoyed First Contact; it's a well-trodden theme that's been approached from a different angle here and it was lovely to see something a bit different.

There are some common spaceship tropes but also some quirky elements that added to the nice variety of puzzles.

Hosting was particularly good - our GMs were really friendly and suggested a lovely cafe for us for our wait between games.

Played: 25 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 22 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivengreat hosting

A solid offering with some nice quirks and straightforward puzzles. It is definitely one that's on the easy side, as we flew through it, but that's not to say it wasn't enjoyable and we appreciated the different kind of take on a common theme.

The hosting here is incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Played: 12 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: All 30 letters! Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendly

A cracker (excuse the pun) of a Christmas room, there are two layers to this game that gives enthusiasts something to work for and that will appeal to the whole family.

Finding Santa's Naughty and Nice list is your main objective but finding all thirty letters to Santa is your additional quest and, for a small space, there is enough for a decent 45 minute game (although the listing here says 60 mins, it is a 45 mins game).

Some nice puzzles, a cute setting and a decent amount to do meant we really enjoyed this one.

Played: 12 Nov 2023 Team size: 2
original

A very practical, hands-on kind of game that had some really great physical puzzles and a different kind of take on a popular theme. For us, we didn't quite gel with this one as it required a lot of searching (not our strong point!) but we did enjoy how the puzzles were constructed and the immersive acting element.

Played: 11 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalclever

We've played a lot of Christmas rooms but this one really stands out for the variety of puzzles, the beautiful setting and the clever use of limited space. It really packs a punch and there are some lovely challenging puzzles. It's designed and made with care and craftsmanship, like all of the rooms here at Compendium.

Played: 11 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunny

What a blast! We loved the collection style gameplay that has a UI-55 vibe and we really loved being sworn at by Karen. Compendium always deliver something a bit different and this is great fun.

Played: 5 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulstory-drivengreat hosting

Another solid, quality offering from Break Escape in this nicely put together western-themed room that has some real quirks and some fun physical challenges.

A gang of outlaws has hidden their stash of gold and your job is to steal it for yourselves. It's a simple premise but an effective one that works well with the gameplay. With not a padlock in sight, a lot of effort has gone into making this an immersive game with puzzles that suit the situ.

Our GM was a delight. As he had GM'd our other games here, he held back on clues, knowing we'd want to work it through for ourselves. He was really friendly and a pleasure to chat with at the end.

All in all, a physical room with straightforward puzzles but the challenge is sometimes in the signposting and observation!

Played: 4 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingfamily friendlymagical

A strong offering from Break Escape with a slightly different approach to the world of a certain wizarding school. Paired with Elixir Vitae, it's a super room that packs a punch with a lovely array of puzzles.

There's the odd signposting quibble but it's largely very clear and the density of the puzzles makes the most of a fairly small space.

Played: 4 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulgreat hostingfamily friendly

A super magic room that can be played directly before Mystical Critters, making a lovely double room experience with two strongly themed chapters. It has all of the decor you'd expect from a potions-themed room and some lovely puzzles, with one little puzzle chain in particular that was utterly delightful.

Elixir Vitae pips Mystical Critters as the better game but both have some lovely elements to them and follow a parallel game structure that enables two teams to play versus each other.

We had a lovely host who was a pleasure to chat to - it is always so nice to meet fellow enthusiasts and to compare notes! 

Played: 4 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingfamily friendlymagical

A delightful Christmas room with a decent amount to do and some really lovely puzzles.

You are, of course, a trainee elf and must prove your elf as being worthy of elf-hood before completing Santa's puzzles. Very cute and nicely put together.

Played: 31 Oct 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 4 trails Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

Weird, wonderful, exhausting, entertaining, daft and downright ridiculous, Phantom Peak is an immersive experience not to be missed.

Is it an escape room...? Well, no... but this should by no means put escape room fans off going because it has so many elements of the theatre and story element that we love in escape rooms.

How to describe it then? It is an immersive town that you can explore at your own pace with live actors who you interact with through trails (accessed on your phone) to bring the experience to life. You can do as many or as few trails as you like and can have a drink/eat your way through the food menu/play games at your leisure. There's an opening and a closing ceremony to tie the four hour experience together but this really is something where the more you put in, the more you'll get back. If you're not keen on interaction and on throwing yourself into a role, then this might not be your cup of tea but if you are game for speaking to characters and immersing yourself in this platypus-obsessed world, then you are on to a winner.

Going over Halloween meant that we were there for the Lunar Festival and the town was suitably themed for spooky season. The decor really is superb and the actors go out of their way to make the whole experience feel genuine.

The trails themselves require very little puzzle-solving and a bit more of a challenge would be very welcome but the object here is to immerse yourself in this steam punk world and go on a few adventures along the way. It's a totally unique experience.

Played: 31 Oct 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulcleverstory-driven

Another fantastic offering from Escape Plan! This was the final game we did on this day and, while it didn't quite pip Battle for Britain to the top room spot for me, it certainly met the high expectations we had after doing the other two rooms.

So many hand-crafted puzzles and some truly inventive elements made this an absolute joy to complete.

Played: 31 Oct 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

So much immersive fun to be had in this superb room and a plethora of puzzles to keep us busy. This was my personal favourite here at Escape Plan because it was puzzle after puzzle of high-quality, immersive gameplay. An excellent mix of puzzle types and different levels of achievement means that there is something to appeal to everyone.

Sam, our GM, was excellent once again. An excellent room.

Played: 31 Oct 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulcleverstory-driven

Probably the most straightforward of the rooms here at Escape Plan, this is a beautifully put together game that echoes historical events and packs a powerful punch with puzzle quality.

Props are all delightful, well-made and historically-fitting and Sam, our GM, was excellent from start to finish.

Played: 23 Sep 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfamily friendlymagical

Beautiful! What an incredible adventure through the story of the Wizard of Oz! This is such a well put-together room with delightful puzzles that will appeal to all ages.

The sights, sounds and smells of Oz are really evoked here in this incredibly immersive world that has Enigma's trademark attention to aesthetic detail. Puzzles are plentiful and enjoyable, hosting is friendly and welcoming and the general gameplay is a lot of fun.

Played: 9 Sep 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting

A solid offering with some decent puzzles. It's looking a little tired now and doesn't quite have the razzmatazz of their more recent games but everything made sense.

Played: 9 Sep 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfamily friendlymagical

This is a beautiful game with some gorgeous detail and a genuine sense of magic. There are some delightful touches in here along with some nice puzzles and impressive tech.

Hosting was lovely and the overall experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

Played: 9 Sep 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersive

A gorgeous room with so many delightful puzzles, a strong storyline and a fantastic attention to detail. While it's relatively straightforward in terms of difficulty, it's a fabulous room to play, as the flow of the game works beautifully and the variety of puzzles on offer really appeals to enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Played: 9 Sep 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginal

It's a very different kind of room with a unique theme and structure, which is no mean feat. The tech is excellent in here and it is an extremely tech-reliant game.

We're more of a padlock and codes type team than a techy one, so this didn't really play to our strengths but, nevertheless, it looks fantastic and has some very cool (no pun intended) elements that we really enjoyed.

Played: 2 Sep 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 51.51 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulclevergreat hosting

Wow! We booked this for our 200th room, knowing that it would have the trademark attention to detail and quality puzzling that The Escaporium always deliver: we are so glad that we did.

The set is superbly put-together and crammed with incredible detail; the puzzles themselves are plentiful and beautifully thought-out; the hosting is - as always - friendly and welcoming; and the overall game experience is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

What made this even more special was how our 200th room was celebrated... Such kindness and thoughtfulness.

This room is a real testament to the strength of independent escape room centres run by enthusiastic owners who know the value of an excellent puzzle. It is utterly delightful and exceptionally clever and we loved every moment.

Played: 26 Aug 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-drivengreat hosting

This is an incredibly story-driven game, which will really appeal to some but not those looking for a complete puzzle-fest; we like both so we enjoyed the theatrical elements to this game, which are a big element of the gameplay.

The staff speak excellent English and the room was adapted for English-speaking teams really well.

There is one particular section of the game that was absolutely stand-out. I won't spoil anything but the physical nature of this section was a real highlight.

Played: 18 Aug 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclevergreat hosting

A super room with a fantastic concept that provided a great level of challenge for a couple of enthusiasts. We were genuinely perplexed at times, which was very welcome!

The build quality here is excellent, the puzzles are a great combination of challenging and straightforward and the hosts are delightful.

Played: 18 Aug 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulstory-drivengreat hosting

Definitely not a copy of a certain series of books... This is a fun, lovingly-crafted game with a fabulous photo opportunity at the end (no spoilers)!

The staff here are particularly good and were very accommodating of us; doing the rooms in English was very straightforward and accessible.

Played: 14th August 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 62 minutes Outcome: Successful escape!

A super escape room centre in a somewhat strange location (you have to walk across a car park on-ramp halfway down the corridor...) that doesn't seem to be particularly vocal about the fact that all but one of their games can be played in English. We found this by chance and were so glad that we did!

The Monster Under the Bed is a 90 minute room so has plenty of content to keep enthusiasts occupied. The premise is, of course, that the children believe there is a monster under the bed and from there stems the game. We didn't expect the high level of decor or the huge game playing space that offers surprise after surprise. The puzzles are very good, with some unusual ones thrown in and a good deal of humour.

Our host spoke excellent English and this was supported by the English signposting in the room, which was all done extremely well.

A lot of wow moments, quality decor and some fantastic puzzles.

Played: 14 Aug 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersiveintense

Not many codes or locks but plenty to find and do in this bunker-themed room. Quite a few additional challenges that made it extra fun and an added time element that added to the intensity.

It looked fantastic and the gameplay was enjoyable. Our host was lovely and went to great efforts to ensure it was all accessible in English. A really solid offering here in Strasbourg.

Played: 22 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 30.34 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfamily friendlymagical

A really beautiful setting in this game with some lovely puzzles and a real sense of magic. Not a particularly challenging game but enjoyable nonetheless.

Played: 22 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: £2 million Outcome: Successful escape!
immersive

A decent puzzle-fest that provided us with a good chunk of time in the room. The aim is to snatch all £1 million but with the two added bonuses, £2 million is possible. There are some nice little puzzles in here and we do like a vault full of padlocks so it suited us well.

Played: 9 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 24.19 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverfamily friendly

A lovely puzzle-packed pirate adventure that uses the space in inventive ways and that was incredibly accessible for the whole family. It might not provide enthusiasts with too much challenge but it is a very enjoyable puzzle romp.

Played: 2 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulcleverimmersive

Another absolute winner at this superb establishment. This game combines so many of the best bits of every other escape room and ties them together in a way that creates an immersive puzzle-fest that matches style with substance.

Everything about Escape Quest screams quality, from the beautiful fixtures and fittings to the puzzles themselves. Elaine and Mike put such thought and care into everything and those who have done the other games here won't be disappointed; Henry Fortune absolutely matches up to the quality of Mr Copplestone and Percy Pendleton

When it comes to escape rooms, this is the ultimate power hour. Superb.

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