November 2017

When Escape Rooms Go Wrong! (handling breakages and mis-sets)

My thoughts on handling breakages and mis-sets in a room. In some ways they’re the GM’s absolute nightmare but with a little preparation, you can smooth over them and, on rare occasions, actually turn them to your advantage.

Colour and lighting in escape rooms

A roundup of how colour blind people (and me in particular) are affected in escape rooms and what designers and owners can do to make life a little easier.

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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Tulleys Escape (Crawley): Mutiny

Tulleys deliver again with a beautiful set and solid puzzles. The one area where I felt that The Outfitters was lacking was on the physical puzzles front so it was great that this game was strong on that front with a couple of real standout elements.

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Tulleys Escape (Crawley): The Outfitters

An impressive first outing for a team with plenty of experience in immersion and theatre but no background in puzzles. Outfitters is a beautiful game with solid puzzles that is about as expansive as they come – I’d highly recommend heading down if you get the chance.

A Tourist's Review of 42 Budapest Escape Rooms

It’s been an epic effort but, at last, I’ve finished my Budapest tourist guide. Everything you need to know about playing escape rooms in their European birthplace in one handy page…

Budapest Escape Review: The Other Rooms

The odds and ends from Budapest – a game you can no longer play at a venue that’s shut down, a game that had animals in the room so I can’t recommend and a game that is truly terrible and I caution you to avoid like the plague.

Budapest Escape Review: Enigma Mission

A 90-minute escape room in a house packed full of puzzles with something for pretty much everyone. If you’re in Budapest then I’d highly recommend heading along for an hour and a half of fun.

Budapest Escape Review: Escape Zone

Two games that had moments I enjoyed but also felt very tired and low budget. New players shouldn’t bother with them but enthusiasts who are playing a lot of games may find some of the ideas interesting.