London

London on a Budget

A round up of all the special offers available in London at the moment (including a few that are exclusive to this site) covering 20 different companies and discounts of up to around 50%.

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ClueTrace (London): Mission Critical

A middle of the road game that would probably be decent value as a pair but lacks the depth to play as a larger group given the breadth of games on offer in London.

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Do Stuff Escape (London): Pie & Mash Shop

A charming game that represents a step up since their first outing. It’s one of those experiences where I felt the whole was greater than the sum of the parts although the parts weren’t too shabby either.

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Clue Adventures (London): 2 Tickets 2 Ride

That rarest of experiences – a game created for precisely two players. A good game that doesn’t amaze but rarely puts a foot wrong – good theming, good flow, good puzzles, good finale. Like I said – a good game.

A Door in a Wall (London): Murder Most Fowl

A great taster event for A Door in a Wall. If you’re looking to organise a fun birthday party or corporate event with plenty of time for mingling then it’s a great choice. Don’t go in expecting their usual full scale events and you’ll likely come away very happy with the experience.

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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.

Hidden City (London): Bright Lights Evening Trail

A basic game that takes you on a nice stroll through London. The technology that backed up the game just worked and the clues made sense but there was nothing very exciting about the experience. It’s a fun pastime if you’ve got a couple of hours to kill in the centre of London on a nice day but not something I’d make the centrepiece of a day out.

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Enigma Quests (London): Million Pound Heist

A pretty game with an outstanding clue system that managed to avoid breaking the immersion. The puzzles were the weak link in the chain – a couple felt a bit tenuous and the final challenge left me disappointed.

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Escape Rooms (Angel, London): Project D.I.V.A.

Another high tech room from the Escape Rooms stable. As with their other Angel room, they’ve traded some of the more difficult puzzles for a more arcade game style play which will likely appeal to some players while turning others off.

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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.