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Review: Vault 17 - Time Race, Bury

Room Story - from Time Race

Escape the nuclear fallout shelter, before the power fails forever.

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Room NameVault 17VenueTime RaceLocationBury, UKDate04/11/2018Escape Time49:05Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 5

We’ve always given Vault 17 a miss as we’d heard many reviews about the room being impossible to escape from. Many reviewers commented on the red herrings and deliberately misleading puzzles that unfairly prevented the most seasoned escapees from escaping. However, Time Race is now under new ownership and the new owners have reworked the game. We obviously can’t fully compare our experience to the original game as we never played it, but based on what I’ve read the game seems to have changed significantly. It’s a fun, excellently themed and really immersive experience that we’d definitely recommend.

The premise of Vault 17 is quite simple. You’ve been living safely underground in a nuclear fallout shelter, but the power is now failing. You’ve got 60 minutes …
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Room NameUniversity of Magic: The Entrance ExamVenueLucardoLocationManchester, UKDate21/10/2018Escape Time47:27Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 5

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