May 2017

Something a little bit different

A quick round up of various London activities that you might find interesting. Temporary escape rooms, immersive theatre, urban gaming and puzzle experiences. If you hear of anything else then obviously let me know!

Vienna Escape Review: Sherlockd

A slightly surreal escape room just round the corner from Real Escape Wien. Well worth tacking it on to a visit there given the proximity. If you have enough for two teams then the battle mode looked particularly intriguing.

Vienna Escape Review: MindX

A venue with one game that was OK and another that was one of the very worst I’ve ever played – bad enough that it became comical. I wouldn’t recommend visiting – there are far better destinations in Vienna.

Vienna Escape Review: Crime Runners

Our favourite venue in Vienna. Three games that told an engaging story, puzzles that were both logical and accessible and GMs who knew how to do their job well meant that this was a great place to spend an evening. If you’re only going to visit one venue in the city then this is the one.

Vienna Escape Review: Exithink

An escape venue that focuses on the experience more than the puzzles, Exithink produced a pair of beautiful rooms that felt in need of more puzzles. Dr Jones’ Office still felt like an escape room but Orpheum Theatre was more of a scare attraction with a few puzzles thrown in.

Vienna Escape Review: Logikeller

Three rooms that, while quite bare and functional, were ruined by poor hosting that was exacerbated by language difficulties. I wouldn’t recommend experienced players head along here, especially if they don’t speak German.

Vienna Escape Review: Fox in a Box

A write up of our visit to Fox in a Box Vienna – one of the Austrian branches of the international franchise. Solid, fun games with a great space for corporates but didn’t quite meet the wow factor of some of the independent companies in the city.

Vienna Escape Review: Exit the Room Wien

Five rooms located a little outside the centre of Vienna. Nothing is going to blow you away at the venue but there’s enough to keep you occupied and a couple of the games had moments that were reasonably memorable and little that would cause frustration. The sort of escape room that probably won’t attract escape tourists who want to play five or ten games in the city but should be on the list of any enthusiasts who live in the city.

Vienna Escape Review: Real Escape Wien

A venue where the owner really cares about his customers. Four fun rooms – two for groups and two for couples – with each one standing out in its own way. If you’re going to Vienna as a couple or four people and fancy experiencing a variety of good rooms in one location then this is a great choice.

Vienna Escape Review: Time Busters

An interesting array of games split which I wouldn’t have guessed came from the same design house. There was beauty, complexity and some wonderfully sprawling games. At times we may have been frustrated but I’d definitely recommend enthusiasts pay a visit.