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50th game milestone: My highlights

I played my first escape room, Contraption, at Escapologic in Nottingham on the 5th November 2016. I got the bug straightaway and wanted to do more and more games. Fast forward 28 months to 17th February 2019, where I reached my 50th game playing the excellent Crux Codicillus at The Escaporium in Halifax.

I've ranked every single one of the games I've played and as I've done more, the task has become more and more difficult comparing very different games with very different strengths and weaknesses. It's also hard because I've enjoyed nearly every game I've played!

So as I've hit my first major milestone, I want to have a look back and talk about some of the rooms I've enjoyed and why. To do that, I've decided to create a number of categories with a "winner" and an "honourable mention". In all honesty, many of these games would quite easily fit in multiple categories, but I've tried to choose the main reason that I rate them…
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Review: Crux Codicillus - The Escaporium, Halifax

Room Story - from The Escaporium

The King of the Illuminati has been murdered! Solve the case or it is curtains for us all!

Key Stats

Room NameCrux CodicillusVenueThe EscaporiumLocationHalifax, UKDate17/02/2019Escape Time54:07Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 5

We’ve played both of The Escaporium’s other games and really loved them. We’ve wanted to go and play Crux Codicillus for quite some time and one quiet Sunday afternoon we decided to make an impromptu last minute booking. Given our love for their other games, we went with very high expectations…

As always, the game started with an outline of the story. At a meeting of the Illuminati, the leader Plato has been murdered. We (also members of the Illuminati) were given the task to investigate his murder and find the murder weapon, the murderer and country they’re from. Lots to do for a Sunday afternoon!

This game has one of the more unusual starts. Enrobed in our Illuminati garb, we each took a seat around the polished da…

Review: Witch House in Scottish Highlands - Locked In, Glasgow

Room Story - from Locked In Glasgow

A few relaxing days in the Scottish Highlands turn into a nightmare when you lose your way in the woods and begin to find things you wish you hadn’t …

Suddenly you see a light in the distance! You think you’re saved, but you are wrong… A witch’s house is the last place you’d like to be at night. Is the witch real? Are you going to find your way home? Can you count on your intuition or on your friends??? You have 60 minutes. The clock is ticking … Will you be able to escape…

Key Stats

Room NameWitch House in Scottish HighlandsVenueLocked In GlasgowLocationGlasgow, UKDate11/02/2019Escape Time56:14Team Size2My Recommended Team Size2 - 4

Whenever we head somewhere different and escaping isn’t our primary motivation, we still try to fit an escape room in to try somewhere new. As we were visiting Glasgow, we consulted Exit Games for a list of Glasgow games and chose the game we thought sounded the most interestingly themed. We’d never played a witch…

Review: Virginia House - Lucardo, Manchester

Room Story - from Lucardo

A serial killer is on the loose. Every hour, on the hour for the past 24 hours a murder has taken place. The killer has been leaving clues around the murder scenes, sending Scotland Yard around in circles. Your team has been granted access to the murder scene and is tasked with cracking the clues, riddles and puzzles to track down the next location before the murderer strikes again. An innocent life depends on you.

Key Stats

Room NameVirginia HouseVenueLucardoLocationManchester, UKDate09/02/2019Escape Time47:39Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 5

We’ve played all the other games at Lucardo Manchester (with the exception of Gem Runner that we played at Rawtenstall instead), so Virginia House was our final game to play. We’ve always enjoyed Lucardo’s games, so we thought we’d go along and “complete” the venue.

After the standard briefing, we were given our task. As members of a police force, we were tasked with investigating a serial killer who has alr…

Review: Laboratory - Compendium, Bury

Room Story - from Compendium

You and your friends have been trusted by your uncle a retired medical professor to find and steal the Laboratory’s well-kept secret remedy needed to cure his wife Isabel. You have been you have been entrusted with all the information you need to gain entry to the lab but no idea how to find the antidote undetected and once inside you find yourselves trapped by the auto lock doors. Do you have what it takes to save a life and escape the lab with the antidote?

Key Stats

Room NameLaboratoryVenueCompendiumLocationBury, UKDate20/01/2019Escape Time44:25Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 5

On our previous visit to Compendium, we played their first game Wrong Turn and it instantly became one of our favourite games. For a first game, we were so impressed with the level of story, immersion and quality of set. We were very excited to go back and play their new game Laboratory.

The game’s storyline is around breaking into a lab to steal an antidote for your …