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Experimental Escape (Leamington Spa): The Machine

A fun game that, in spite of starting off in a slightly pedestrian manner, continues to improve throughout and is well into its stride for the finale. A few of the early puzzles felt like filler, but the majority of challenges were plenty of fun, and there was good player feedback throughout.

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CTRL ALT ESC (Margate): Frankenscape

Pretty much everything you could want in an escape room: plenty of logical puzzles, great theming, humour and a thrilling finale. Plus – and this almost always seems to be a sign of a good room – it’s ninety minutes long, so there’s more time to build up the atmosphere.

A morning in Oxford: City Mazes

A review of four games at City Mazes in Oxford, none of which I’d recommend. While there were interesting moments in some of the games, they were easily outweighed by major flaws.

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Project Breakout (Brighouse, Yorkshire): Project Z

Outside the room After escaping from Project Breakout’s newest game, we had a short break in their waiting space before heading straight back inside to face Project Z, a post-apocalyptic zombie game that was the second game they created. Background You are in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse. By chance you’ve found yourself locked
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Project Breakout (Brighouse, Yorkshire): The Dollmaker

In spite of the name and theme, The Dollmaker felt like a charming game to spend time in. The puzzles may have been standard tropes at times but they made good use of the theme and solid decoration to create an fun experience.

Party Geek (London): Hidden Figures

A review of Hidden Figures, a fun experience that saw us working our way through a variety of missions including a mini-escape room, interacting with a variety of actors and some tough moral decisions.

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The Escapologist (Selby): Back from the Future

A game that was packed full of flawed puzzles. I can’t recommend it, which is a shame because it’s clear they’ve poured a lot of love into the experience, and each puzzle comes close to being impressive but sadly far too many of them end up being frustrating.

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City Mazes (London): Bamboozled

A game that delivers an acceptable quality on all fronts while never really managing to do well on any of them. It isn’t a game that you’re going to travel across the city for but, if you do head along, I don’t think you’ll hate it either.

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The Escaporium (Halifax): Operation Moonshine

An engaging Prohibition-themed room, with beautiful decorations, a magnificent centrepiece and puzzles that held my interest right till the end of the game.