London

- Overall rating:
Aftermath the Game (London): On the Brink

A fun, pleasantly chaotic game with a real sense of investigation and an interesting overarching storyline. The logic felt a little shaky at times, and the puzzle content could have been better but it was impressive that they’d managed to squeeze an eight-player game into little more than a suitcase.

- Overall rating:
Escape Plan (London): The Battle for Britain

A game that I thoroughly enjoyed playing. It may lack some of the high-end decoration of some London venues, but it more than makes up for that with consistent theming, a striking centrepiece, plentiful puzzles and a tension-filled finale that will keep even the most experienced team stressed till the very end.

- Overall rating:
City Mazes (London): The Lost Cabin

This game had some promise but was let down by the lack of attention to detail and a use of tech that took more away from the game than it added. Remove the tech and tighten up some of the solutions, and I think you may get a solid game. However, as it is, I’d head elsewhere in London where there are plenty of better games.

- Overall rating:
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.

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
Read More

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.

- Overall rating:
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.

- Overall rating:
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.

- Overall rating:
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.

- Overall rating:
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.