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Popup Escapes (London): The Case of the Dynamo Diamonds

A very different game from your average experience. It’s not particularly challenging and, as a popup, doesn’t have the beautiful, solid finish of a permanent game. What it does have is fun – managing to be easily accessible for first-timers while still having enough that’s different from your average escape room to engage enthusiasts.

Exit The Game: The Pharaoh's Tomb (Boxed Game)

One of the strongest escape rooms in a box that I’ve played. It isn’t a match for a real escape room, but it’s a well constructed hour of fun with quality elements and good puzzles. A great way for enthusiasts to bridge the gap between escape rooms

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Other World Escapes (Southampton): Mayan

A fun game that caters well to the first-time player. The puzzles are accessible, with little to get you frustrated although enthusiasts may find them lacking originality. Their focus on immersion generally paid off reasonably well.

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Escape Rooms (Angel, London): Dark Side of the Moon

Is this where escape rooms are heading? I hope not in their entirety but I enjoyed this style of experience as something different from your typical escape room. Less emphasis on the puzzles and more on the adventure.

Parabolic Theatre (London): Morningstar

An intriguing backstory that failed to deliver on the night. The pre-show immersion, the introduction and the sense of exploration worked well but it lost its way in the main performance and then petered out.

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ClueCapers (Winchester): Mission to Winchintzy

I’m not entirely sure how you can get away with a room that’s decorated in such a chintzy style but somehow they did. A decent mission, a fun background story and good original puzzles, not to mention an awesome ending, helped making this a game I encourage people to visit.

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Exciting Escapes Southampton: Breaking the Law

Probably the best of the three games at Exciting Escapes. Solid puzzles with a strong physical element, a real sense of progress during the game and a thrilling finale added up to a highly enjoyable experience.

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Exciting Escapes Southampton: Change the Record

Dance along to the 80s in this escape room packed with musical nostalgia. Good puzzles and an engaging theme add up to a lot of fun. Don’t rush this game – relax and you’ll soon get into the groove.

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Exciting Escapes Southampton: A Hidden Past

A gentle room which would be perfect for beginners and still plenty of fun for enthusiasts. Solid, logical puzzles and a little bit of story but the real strong point was the immersion – with a house that felt genuine and background music that washed over you throughout the game.