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TimeTrap Escape Rooms (Reading): The Divide

An impressive achievement: exposing players to the bitter realities of homelessness, treating that subject matter incredibly sensitively, giving positive messages about how society can help and still managing to make what was a thoroughly enjoyable game. A game that you should play if you ever get the chance.

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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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Popup Escapes (London): The Case of the Dynamo Diamonds

A very different game from your average experience. It’s not particularly challenging and, as a popup, doesn’t have the beautiful, solid finish of a permanent game. What it does have is fun – managing to be easily accessible for first-timers while still having enough that’s different from your average escape room to engage enthusiasts.

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Clockwork Dog: Langstroth's Last Riddle

A short-lived popup in the North of London proves that you can put together an escape room on a limited budget, if you choose a venue carefully and take advantage of it to set the scene. A team to watch out for in the future!