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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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Elusion Rooms (Southampton): The Pandora Heist

A game that was close to greatness. A great concept, visually beautiful, with a fantastic start and solid central gameplay but, just as I was getting really excited, it let me down. All the certainty that the early puzzles had provided was undone by a finish that felt more like a lottery than a puzzle challenge.

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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.

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Houdini's Escape Room: Escape from Alcatraz

An well rounded experience from the moment you enter the shop to the moment you walk out the door. A tough start for novices but good plenty of good puzzles. Let down a bit by a couple of awkward moments in the game.