Recent additions and changes
29th September: And here are the two more recent Escape The Crate play-at-home games:
28th September: Escape The Crate do a bi-monthly home escape subscription service. Here are reviews for the first two:
26th September: It’s all outlaws, dynamite and puzzles in Escape Time’s Wild West game, Sam’s Saloon.
25th September: Escape Time: Bank Heist on the outskirts of Birmingham gives you not one but two diamonds to steal.
23rd September: Chris tries out superhero-themed game Can You Escape: Operation H.E.R.O. in York.
22nd September: Clue HQ Birmingham: Captain Riddle’s Forgotten Fortune adds to the growing evidence that pirate-themed escape games are reliably great.
21st September: Over to Birmingham, with Clue HQ Birmingham: A-I-9.
19th September: Another parallel version of Winchester has you on a jail rescue mission, with ClueCapers: Rescue from Winchokey.
18th September: ClueCapers: Mission to Winchintzy has all your floral wallpaper needs, wrapped up in an outstanding game.
16th September: Escaping from a post-apocalyptic jail cell, Breakout! is the newest and most ambitious of Lock & Code’s three games.
15th September: Lock and Code: The Alchemy Enigma is a steampunk-y quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone.
14th September: Lock and Code have three games in Weston-super-mare; the first is The Last Victim.
13th September: Lockhouse Escape Games: Armageddon in Cambridge has you saving the world from a lethal meteor.
12th September: (Not just) another play at home game, as we get our furry mitts on the long-awaited Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment.
11th September: Two games for print and play at home, with the zombie themed game kit Lock Paper Scissors: Escape Game Z and Unlock!’s second mini taster game Unlock!: Fifth Avenue.
10th September: New to London this summer is Do Stuff’s second game, continuing their creativity of theme: Pie & Mash Shop.
8th September: Co-decode: Professor Dunstan and the Search for the Ancient Statuette in Swindon is a beautiful game with an archaeology theme that makes it onto our ‘best of UK’ list!
7th September: Scavenger Escape is another multi-country operation, and their Mozart’s Mystery is a traditional, solid game.
6th September: From Munich to Salzburg, though Exit The Room: Zombie is available in both cities.
5th September: Mystery Rooms: Captain’s Secret is a traditional game with plenty of variety.
4th September: The second Fox in a Box game in Munich was Prison, a solid jail escape which started well and wavered a little in the middle.
3rd September: Fox in a Box haven’t reached the UK yet, but we played two of their games in Munich. First was Bunker 17.
2nd September: London gains a new pop-up game, with Popup Escapes: The Case of the Dynamo Diamonds.
1st September: Randoms’ second game is The Twisted Undertaker, with a serial killer horror theme.
31st August: In East Grinstead, Randoms Escape Rooms: The Rundown Locker Room is not rundown, it’s quite fun.
30th August: One final Tallinn game review, with Escape Room: The Mummy.
29th August: Claustrophobia: Gravity takes you to space with some remarkable technology; and we also enjoyed their 221B Baker Street game.
27th August: No new review today, but I’ve added additional ratings from our review team to almost all the existing game reviews. The ‘best of’ lists have moved around a little as a result…
26th August: This is review #250 on this site, and this is the only game so far to get a perfect 5* score from four of our review team. Affect Laboratories: Interview is an amazing, infuriating work of genius.
25th August: Two Tallinn venues and games that won’t blow your socks off but were decent fun: Paradox Questroom: Mission 007 and Reality Game: Radiation.
24th August: Starting a set of Tallinn reviews with Imaginaris: Shambala, a beautiful and interesting game with some serious flaws.
23rd August: TimeQuest: The Quest to Save Camelot is a search-heavy chivalry-themed game in an unusual building.
22nd August: Tulleys’ other game is Mutiny, an outstanding pirate game that I count among the best games in the country!
21st August: Tulleys Escape: The Outfitters is one of two new games open at Tulleys Farm, better known for scare attractions.
17th August: From Southampton to Northampton, Trapp’d have The Monosphere and the gorgeous but frustrating Molten Creek Mine.
16th August: Other World Escapes: Mayan is a fun jungle romp that completes our Southampton game reviews, until more games open there!
15th August: Cyantist’s Southampton branch has two games, Crystal Maze and The Cube.
14th August: Houdini Escape: Escape from Alcatraz is a pleasing jail-break game with good atmosphere.
13th August: Recently opened in Southampton with an unusual scoring mechanism is Elusion Escape Rooms: The Pandora Heist.
12th August: Our final Riga stop was Real Quest, and the team that played Abandoned Research Complex had a much better experience than the one that played Breaking Bad.
11th August: No Game was a venue that we found disappointing, both with The Mystery of the Mad Scientist and Psylab.
10th August: Riga venue #5 is Get Out, who have Robbery at the Museum and Maniac, with the latter being perhaps my favourite slasher horror escape game yet.
9th August: Riga’s generically-named Escape Room has a long roster of games, including the genre-breaking Arcade Games, and also “Mona Lisa” Affair, which was both flawed and amazing.
8th August: Riga venue #3: MyEscape has the impressive Jewelry Theft and the superb Gordon vs E-corp, with the latter making it onto our front page ‘best games’ list!
7th August: Exitmania: Titanic was a game with a very novel design that didn’t entirely live up to its promise.
6th August: Hold onto your hats, here comes a bunch of reviews for Riga! First venue is Find Exit, with The Bank Job and 221B Baker Street.
5th August: A miscellany of extra reviews from Chris today, added to the pages for The Book of Secrets in London, Curio and Crypt-ic in Nottingham, Operation Odyssey in Edinburgh, and The Wicklewood Heritage in Budapest.
4th August: Extremescape: Lost Tomb is among the very best escape games in the UK.
3rd August: Going from a great game in Paris to a great game in the UK, Extremescape: Pirate Ship is rollicking good fun.
2nd August: Second game at Claustrophobia’s Paris branch is the remarkable Houdini Escape, which truly turns you into an escape artist.
1st August: We played both the Paris Claustrophobia games. The first was the thoroughly impressive Da Vinci Code.
31st July: Mystery Escape: The Mayan Prophecy is a Paris game that combines archaeology with saving the world.
29th July: And here are reviews for CSI London and Finding Sherlock Holmes, the two rooms at London’s Inside Out.
27th July: A massive three reviews for Manchester’s Lucardo: Contamination, The Dream and Espionage.
26th July: Something slightly different: here’s a page of recommendations and advice for escape games in London.
25th July: Squeezing in a quick play at home game, with the quirky Escape Game: The Enigma Files.
24th July: Chivalrous escaping in Greater Manchester, with Code to Exit: The Dark Ages in Altrincham.
23rd July: Escape Quest: The 13th Element is a gorgeous game, but also more than just a pretty face.
22nd July: Escape Quest: Mr. Chuckles’ Funhouse is an escape game where you may not be able to trust your teammates. Naturally, I loved it.
21st July: A double review for Escape From The Room in south London: The Curse of Old Maid Milly and The Cabin in the Woods.
20th July: Rustic Riddles: Pan’s Problem is a newly opened outdoor game in Norfolk, which impressed Chris on his visit.
19th July: Rounding off reviews at The Panic Room Harlow is Enigma, a espionage game of logic and detective work.
18th July: Why go to the beach when you can build sandcastles at The Panic Room: The Tomb instead?
17th July: The Panic Room: The Witch House is the first of three reviews for The Panic Room’s Harlow branch.
14th July: Chris visits Derby and reviews both rooms at Make Your Escape, Spellbound and The Signal.
13th July: Additional reviews added for Handmade Mysteries: Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop, Operation Escape: The Ops Room and especially AIEscape: Kill M.A.D., which gets a maximum 5* rating from Lewis!
12th July: Deckscape: Test Time is a new play-at-home game that is entirely card-based.
11th July: Our 200th review is Portsmouth’s new escape room / scare attraction hybrid, Secrets Beneath: Outbreak!
10th July: A triple bill of Portsmouth reviews for The Real Escape, with Dr. Ryddle’s Memories, The Chamber of the Deep and The Guardians of the Elixir.
9th July: Recently opened is Live Escape Salisbury: SPECTRE, which becomes increasingly cinematic in style as it goes on.
8th July: Escape Kent: Alien Attack in Canterbury is a game strongest in its end sequence.
7th July: Inside the historic gatehouse at Canterbury, you’ll find Escape in the Towers: Crime & Punishment Lab.
6th July: Paper Escapes: Volume 1 is a puzzle book that is over-ambitious in describing itself as a play at home escape game.
5th July: We returned to Lock’d to review their third game, Museum Warehouse. (Small extra review added to Lock’d: Perpetuum Mobile, too.)
4th July: Another review from Chris, this time in Penzance with Eureka Escape: Murder on the Night Riviera.
3rd July: The other game at Red House Mysteries is The Heist, and is a more physical game that I liked a great deal.
2nd July: Exeter’s Red House Mysteries: The Scarlet Shadow gives a noir detective story, somewhere between Philip Marlowe and Indiana Jones.
1st July: Out in the west country, Chris reviews Locked In Cornwall: Time Bomb, and admires the sheer quantity of puzzles.
30th June: Locked in a Room’s other game is Invisibility Gene, and is a tougher game than its sibling.
29th June: Locked in a Room: Timelock is one of two games at ExCeL London, the highest capacity venue in the city.
28th June: The second game at Escape Rooms’ new Angel branch is The Dark Side of the Moon, and divides opinions to a remarkable extent.
27th June: Escape Rooms: Project D.I.V.A. in Angel is a stunning, high-tech game that for us didn’t really hit the mark.
25th June: We went back to Bristol and played the remaining Puzzlair games: The Prison Van, The Poltergeist Room and The Lab of Dr. Lev Pasted.
23rd June: Two of the Plymouth games: Germ and H.M.P. The Clink by Escape Rooms Plymouth.
21st June: Some reviews for games in the southwest coming up, starting with a triple bill of games by Mission Escape in Exeter: Bacterium, Pharaoh’s Anger and Maioc Crisis.
18th June: The second game at Enigma Escape is The Breakout, which for a change has you breaking into prison not out of it.
17th June: Enigma Escape: The Killer is one of a very small number of London games that use a horror theme.
15th June: ClueTrace’s new game for 2017 is Mission Critical, with a Cold War spy theme.
14th June: The other Escape Land game is Da Vinci’s Exploration, and it’s old school but huge fun.
13th June: Catching up with more of the longer-standing London games, Professor Oxford’s Experiments is the first of two games at Escape Land on Oxford Street.
12th June: Here’s a review for the other game at Escape Rooms’ London Bridge location: Pharaoh’s Chamber.
10th June: Modern Fables: The Escapist is an immersive new game in South Bermondsey with a supernatural twist.
9th June: Second stellar room in a row, with Marvo Mysteries: M.A.R.V.O. Induction in Bournemouth!
6th June: The sixth and last room at Gravesend’s The Panic Room is The Gilman Hotel, a hugely fun room that goes straight on our ‘best games’ list!
5th June: Gravesend #5: The Panic Room: The Don.
4th June: Our fourth review in Gravesend: The Panic Room: The Dollhouse.
2nd June: The longest-running room at Gravesend’s The Panic Room is the game that gave the venue its name.
1st June: The Panic Room: Old Father Time looks nice enough that you might not want to escape.
31st May: We visited Gravesend and binged on all six games at The Panic House in a day. First up is the very unusual two-player game Million Dollar Date Night.
30th May: Newest escape game in Bournemouth is the dark carnival of The MacGuffin Project: The MacGuffin.
28th May: Breaking The Law is the third and last Exciting Escapes game… that is, until their Basingstoke branch opens.
27th May: Exciting Escapes’ 1980s game is Change The Record.
26th May: Exciting Escapes: A Hidden Past in Southampton takes you back to the 1950s.
23rd May: Last one from Nottingham for now, with iLocked: The Mummy.
21st May: Escapologic: Curio in Nottingham is “a magnificent gem of a room”, and goes straight into our best games list!
20th May: Escapologic: E.P.I. Centre places you in an earthquake-struck science facility.
19th May: Nottingham review #2: Escapologic: Crypt-ic.
18th May: Howitz by Escapologic in Nottingham is a gleefully macabre game.
16th May: One more from Locked In Edinburgh: The Distillery.
15th May: Locked In Edinburgh’s original game sends you on an animal rescue mission, in Animal Hospital.
14th May: For this site’s 150th review, a rather special game: Locked In Edinburgh: Secret Lab.
11th May: A long-delayed visit to London’s Escape Rooms with their first game, Room 33.
10th May: One to skip: Escape Games London: Escape The Theatre did not impress.
8th May: Escape This Room: London Bank Heist is a London pop-up game with an unusual level of immersion, open this month only!
7th May: And Exit Plan’s third game pits you against a dastardly magician, in Svengali’s Lair.
6th May: The second game at Edinburgh’s Exit Plan is Framed!, a murder mystery with a tense ending.
5th May: Edinburgh reviewing continues with the first of three games at Exit Plan, The Tesla Cube.
4th May: Suitably for Star Wars Day, a first-rate space-themed game in Edinburgh: Can You Escape: Operation Odyssey.
2nd May: Enigma Room: The Bank Job is this site’s first review of Sheffield’s escape games.
30th April: Chris finds much to like in the sequel to Lady Chastity’s Reserve, the much-anticipated Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop from Handmade Mysteries.
25th April: The second game at Adventox is Terror Alert in London Mission X.
24th April: Adventox is one of London’s new venues, with a more immersive style of game than most. First of their two games is Alcatraz: No Way Out.
20th April: Here’s Escape London: Escape Casino, plus an additional review added for their Area 51 game.
17th April: Finishing the Easter weekend with reviews of the four Escape Room The Game scenarios from Spin Master’s set of boxed escape games: Prison Break, Virus, Nuclear Countdown and Temple of the Aztec.
14th April: Lock Paper Scissors: Rebel Revolt is a print-and-play game worth looking at if you fancy experimenting with running an at-home escape game.
11th April: And Dubrovnik’s other escape game is Respublica Obscura: Libertas.
10th April: Dubrovnik currently has two escape games. The first is Dubrovnik Escape Room: Save King’s Landing!
8th April: Checking in on Sarajevo’s nascent escape room industry with Escape Room Sarajevo: Mystery, one of only two venues in the city.
5th April: We review Oxford’s other main escape venue, with The Warehouse and Project: The Diamond by Ex(c)iting Games.
31st March: Rounding March off with a triple-bill of reviews for the remaining Unlock! game-in-a-box scenarios: The Formula and The Island of Doctor Goorse, plus the free print-and-play demo game, The Elite.
26th March: Here are reviews for KOSMOS’s other two room-in-a-box games in their Exit series: The Secret Lab and The Pharaoh’s Tomb.
23rd March: A rare 5 star rating, and unquestionably deserved – Clockwork Dog: Loop goes straight to the top of the list!
21st March: Another newly released room-in-a-box: Unlock! from Space Cowboys, and their Squeek and Sausage game.
18th March: KOSMOS have recently released their boxed Exit games in English. Here’s a review of the first of the three: Exit: The Abandoned Cabin.
14th March: Our final Warsaw review (for now) is Wrażenia: Czerwonej Królowej (Red Queen’s Court).
13th March: Warsaw venue #8 is FunEscape, with Lost Girl and Zen Master.
12th March: Two excellent rooms by Dom Zagadek: Back to the Future and Pyramid.
11th March: Quest Hunt: Space Odyssey and Quest Hunt: Follow the White Rabbit – one of these was my personal favourite of all the Warsaw games.
10th March: New World 22: Secret of the Orphanage proves a complicated game to review.
9th March: Fourth Warsaw venue: Room Escape, with no fewer than three rooms reviewed: Laboratory, Indiana and Medieval.
8th March: Warsaw part 3 is Team Exit: Spy at the President’s.
7th March: Warsaw part 2 is a pair of rooms by Escapers: Tomb of the Dragon and Abandoned Hotel.
6th March: After a weekend escape room binge in Warsaw, we have a flood of reviews in the pipeline for the mostly very good games we played there. First up is Black Cat Escape Rooms, with Dom Mordercy (Murder House) and Bunkier (Bunker).
2nd March: First non-London UK game to make our ‘best’ list: Thinking Outside The Box: Merlin’s Mystery!
28th February: Chris reviews Escape Peterborough: Witchcraft and Wizardry.
26th February: Part 2 of City Mazes Oxford: Control Room 54 and Star Breaker. Plus additional reviews from Lewis added to the first two.
23rd February: Two reviews for City Mazes in Oxford: Pandora’s Escape and Operation Spaced X. Two more to follow soon.
18th February: A triple update today of rooms in Swindon, all by Incarcerated: Prisoner of War, A Dose of Death and Detention.
15th February: The Flying Dutchman is our six and last review for Breakin’ Escape Games.
14th February: The Rebel Alliance strikes back in Breakin’ Escape Games: War on Horizon Alpha.
13th February: Breakin’ room #4: Butcher’s Lair.
12th February: Breakin’ room #3: Sherlock’s Despair. Also, additional reviews added for Heist Plan: The Garage, Escapemobile and Namco Funscape.
10th February: More London mini-escaping: Namco Funscape: 765.
9th February: Review added for Escapemobile: Houdini’s Last Trick – this one’s in London only until 5th March!
7th February: Another Breakin’ review, and this one makes it onto our ‘best in London’ list: Breakin’ Escape Games: Heist Plan: The Garage!
6th February: First room review for one of London’s newest escape game companies: Breakin’ Escape Games: Blackwing’s Cave.
3rd February: Another room from Copenhagen: Brain Game CPH: The Last Passenger.
31st January: Back after a short absence with Eda’s review of the temporary game hosted at the Eden Project in Cornwall: Eden Escape: Alien Rescue.
24th January: New review of AI Escape’s second room Kill M.A.D., and an additional review added for their original room Leo’s Path.
23rd January: Latest additions are TimeQuest: The Bank in Copenhagen, and the other ThinkFun boxed game, Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor.
22nd January: Eda reviews Area 51 and Da Vinci by Escape London near Shepherd’s Bush.
21st January: UK Escape Games: The Diamond Caper in Melton Mowbray suffered from game-master inattention on Chris’s visit.
20th January: Plus a room in Peterborough: Thinking Outside The Box: Stranded.
17th January: Chris joins the review team with two particularly high quality rooms in Anaheim, California: Cross Roads Escape Games: The Fun House and Cross Roads Escape Games: The Hex Room.
16th January: Outdoor escaping with Agent November: Major X Ploe-Shun!
10th January: Two reviews from Karen: Indizio: Mirror Mirror On The Wall in Cologne, and, closer to home, Operation Escape: The Ops Room in Bromley.
9th January: And another from the same company: Lock’d: Perpetuum Mobile.
8th January: First of the new year is Lock’d: Grandpa’s Last Will.
25th December: Merry Xmas! And here’s a review of Mystery Cube in Wimbledon.
24th December: New review of Escape Plan: The Adventure Begins by Eda!
23rd December: Clue Adventures: The Book of Secrets is the latest addition to our favourites list!
20th December: Review of Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat, one of the two room-in-a-boxes from ThinkFun.
17th December: New review for Puzzlescape: The Diamond Hunt in Dereham, Norfolk!
11th December: New review for Do Stuff Escape Games: Hostage Hideout in Battersea!
9th December: New page for Cardiff with four room reviews, which we played in a one-day binge earlier this week!
5th December: Four reviews from Lewis for:
4th December: All new reviews for both Hint Hunt rooms and all three Cluequest rooms by Sam, who’s played them far more recently than I did. Expanded comments and reviews from Sam on various other rooms throughout.
1st December: New review of Time Run: Celestial Chain!
1st December: All remaining reviews added to the site, barring a few I’m holding back until some of my other co-players have had a chance to look at them and expand them.
27th November: First 19 reviews published. Some of them are fairly short or sparse; where possible I plan to replace these with reviews from enthusiasts who’ve played the rooms more recently.