February 2018

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The Live Escape (Huddersfield): Underground

A fun, coherent game with a reasonable theme and fun puzzles. At times some of those challenges were shoehorned in to the room but overall a very solid game.

A Door in a Wall (London): Dead Drop

Back to their best: Dead Drop is A Door in a Wall’s usual combination of great performance, fun puzzles, a convoluted mystery and a smattering of outrageous puns. I highly recommend.

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Trapped In (Bury): CSI

A fun game that isn’t likely to wow but should keep you entertained for most of an hour with a decent variety of puzzles.

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Trapped In (Bury): Interstellar

A thoroughly polished game that I’d put right up there as one of the best in the North West. Looks beautiful, lots of puzzles and a very good structure to the game is topped off by a finale that felt it was taken straight from Star Trek.

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Time Race (Bury): Vault 17

A sprawling game with some interesting challenges but an ambiguous opening puzzle got the room off to a bad start and a series of rough-around-the-edges challenges throughout the game left us ultimately frustrated.

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Time Race (Bury): The Invitation

A room that has an interesting central mechanic and some good immersion but was let down by most of the puzzles having some flaw and the final puzzle being basically impossible.

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The Vault Festival 2018 (London): The Lifeboat

I enjoyed this game with its fun puzzles and sense of urgency. Yes, it was cramped; and yes, some of the props weren’t perfect; but there was much to enjoy. The big disappointment was the lack of finale with the game just fizzling out.

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Escape Room Hull: Prison Break

Solid decoration, good puzzles, plenty of communication and a little bit of theatre: this game has plenty going for it. Well worth a visit, especially if you can must a team that’s up for the versus mode!

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Game Over (Derby): Jack the Ripper

Outside the room Game Over isn’t a common brand in the UK (although they have now opened a second venue in Rochdale), but there are venues all over Europe – Lyon, Helsinki, Rome and Athens to name but a few. Given that international reach, I was curious to see what their rooms were like. Surely
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Adventox (London): Mission X

A game where things seemed to click for us but where I wouldn’t say everything was straightforward. The decoration isn’t amazing although there is one impressive centrepiece. It’s a fun game but not one that I’d travel across London to play.