London

Lamplighters

Every year, I find a couple of things that look interesting at the Vaults and head down to try them out. This time round, one of those experiences was Lamplighters, which appeared to be some sort of immersive gaming theatre event. Add to that a friend vouching for the central (and only) actor as being
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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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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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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.

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Adventox (London): No Way Out

A solid game but not one that excited me. First timers will almost certainly enjoy the experience. More experienced players will appreciate some aspects but are unlikely to be super-impressed.

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Escape London – Shadwell: Taken

Plenty of puzzles, a fair number of locks and good but very much IKEA-esque decoration. A perfectly reasonable game but with nothing to get very excited about.

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Escape London - Shadwell: Escape the Seven Seas

A pretty game with some fun puzzles, but our enjoyment was severely impaired by the ambiguity of a couple of solutions. If you get easily frustrated, you should definitely steer clear of this experience but if not, then there’s definitely some fun to be had.

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Escape London - Shadwell: Witchcraft and Wizardry

A pretty room with a reasonable and nicely structured set of puzzles. Although it could most definitely be improved, we enjoyed our time in the game and, as London games go, it would sneak into my top half.

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Escape from the Room (London): The Cabin in the Woods

A review of this Sutton-based game which comes in 60 and 90 minutes versions. Created by enthusiasts for enthusiasts – this is a game that really shows how much love has been put in.

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Operation Escape (London): WWII - The Ops Room

A review of Operation Escape’s first game. If you’re a first time player, the hosting and reasonable puzzles will win you over but as enthusiasts we found ourselves a little underwhelmed.