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Mission Breakout: Codebreakers

A game that really gets you into the spirit of the Second World War codebreakers. If you can cope with a slightly claustrophobic couple of minutes, some loud noise early on and a little bit of frustration in a later puzzle then I think you’ll have an amazing time. If you’ve interested in the work at Bletchley Park during the war then I think this is a must do. Oh, and it’s inside a disused Underground station!

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Do Stuff: Hostage Hideout

A game that took escape room logic to a whole new level with me continually feeling a disconnect between the very specific storyline they’d chosen and the nonsensical puzzling we performed. If you ignore that, there are a variety of enjoyable puzzles with one or two that you’ll find novel as well as one that you might find incredibly frustrating. Beautifully hosted with clues provided at appropriate moments.

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ClueTrace: Mind Crime

A cleverly themed room that did a wonderful job of evoking the mind in a physical space but that was let down by a collection of puzzles that felt more like they had been randomly thrown in than careful collected to allow you to flow through the game.

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Escape London: Area 51

A decently themed game which was generally enjoyable but was badly let down by a flawed puzzle and a broken lock.

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Escape London: da Vinci

A solid but uninspiring game from the Escape franchise. While there were no big negatives in the room, ultimately there was nothing that got me excited.

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Think Fun: Dr Gravely's Retreat

ThinkFun’s second escape room in a box was good, somewhat brief, fun but suffered in comparison to their first outing and at times felt a little repetitive.

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Ultimate Escape: CSI Murder Mystery

A novel game with a huge amount of potential – pretty looking room, one very puzzle and some good searching. For me it was let down by the murder mystery being a little too loose and simplistic. Fix that and I think would be a top quality room.

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Lock Down Escape Exit Games: The Lost Soul

A room that felt a bit two dimensional to me. At the Groupon/Wowcher prices it seemed reasonable value, but at full price this room just didn’t excite me and the fact that clues are given by the host walking into the room really put me off.