During my recent escape room extravaganza, I completed my 50th escape room. To celebrate, I thought I’d look back through all those reviews and pick out my five favourite games and write a little on why I think they’re so good.
This London game is far and away the most expensive escape room I’ve ever played, but it’s worth every single penny. It’s part escape room, part immersive theatre, with an amazing introduction and set. Virtually everyone who’s ever played it rates it as their top escape room, and that includes escape room enthusiasts who’ve come from overseas.
A late entry into the rankings list, this was my 44th room and took me totally by surprise. It breaks so many of the escape room conventions, but it’s just a gorgeous room to be in. Some of the puzzles are a little weak, but that’s more than made up for in the quality of the puzzle mechanics, either in the solutions or what is triggered when you solve them. To back it up, it’s owned by a wonderfully friendly couple who’ve poured their hearts and souls into the venture. If you’re ever in the North West of England, this is the room to play.
I’ll always have a soft spot for clueQuest, because Plan 52 was the first escape game I played, but it was their second game that seriously impressed me. There are some really fun puzzles, two player mechanics, a great venue (so I’m told – I’ve not played since their most recent move) and good staff. They’re the only company that seems to have succeeded in delivering top notch rooms in bulk. They’ve a new room due out in March, so look out for the review!
Overseas for this one to Madrid. Nothing about the room when I walked in suggested it would be memorable, but it played out so perfectly that the feelings are still etched in my memory. As well as having some good puzzles and really tough searching, it amped the tension up throughout before delivering a stunning blow with the end game. People were falling apart under the pressure. An escape room with a real twist, this proves that the whole can most definitely be greater than the sum of the parts. On a personal note, this review is the one I’m proudest of – rereading it still sends shivers down my back.
Back to London for fifth place and into the British Museum (or at least Escape Rooms’ recreation of it!). This is a controversial choice, and I know a lot of people question my high ranking of this game – I guess it’s the Marmite of escape rooms. I love the opening to the game, the fact that it has plenty of hard puzzles and the fantastic tech. It was ahead of its time and I think it still holds up well today.
What do you think?
Disagree with me? Think I’ve underrated some of the games I’ve played, or there are other games I need to get along to? Jump into the comments and let me know!