Skip to main content


Review: The Prison - Lucardo, Manchester

Room Story - from Lucardo

You and your team of criminals are due to be checked into the Category A prison facility in Manchester after committing a series of crimes. As hardened criminals you have connections on the inside - they are staging a riot allowing you the opportunity to try and escape. Time will be limited. You will need to use deception, bribery and skill to attempt this escape. Get caught and you will never get to see the outside world again. - If you suffer with a disability or medical condition, please call prior to booking this game.

Key Stats

Room NameThe PrisonVenueLucardoLocationManchester, UKDate09/06/2019Escape Time43:03Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 4

We’ve managed to get this far playing escape rooms without playing a single prison themed room. That run was always going to come to an end, and I think we’ve probably done it with one of the best prison themed rooms around. This is not an ordinary escape room, this is an immersive prison simulation. This…
Recent posts

Review - Howitz v2 - Escapologic, Nottingham

Room Story - from Escapologic

A tragic loss. A happy family destroyed. A desperate man, irresistibly drawn to dark forces. As the door slams shut behind you, you're trapped in the world of Eli Howitz, an enigmatic figure whose gut-wrenching story pervades every millimetre of the room.

show more.... Just what happened in Eli's toy shop? You've heard the rumours. You know the horror stories off by heart. But how much truth is there in the police report? Can there really be ritualistic carvings on the walls? They say there were glowing symbols, and toys that whirred, clicked, and span on their own...

Our resident genius created Howitz after too little sleep and too many disturbing movies! There are scenes of a nature that might upset in here. Of all the escape rooms in Nottingham, this is the one that could cause sleepless nights. If that kind of thing messes with your head, we recommend leaving the door locked on this one.

With the clock inexorably marking off the seconds …

Review: The Crystal Maze, Manchester

Room Story - from The Crystal Maze

Do you have what it takes to crack The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience? It’s the oh-so-popular 90s TV show brought to genuinely immersive, 3D life. More importantly, it’s a brilliant excuse to run around wildly, shout yourselves hoarse, solve all sorts of problems and challenges and, best of all, celebrate in some wacky satin bomber jackets. All this, with your friends – who could ask for anything more?

Key Stats

Room NameThe Crystal MazeVenueThe Crystal MazeLocationManchester, UKDate24/04/2019Escape TimeN/ATeam Size7My Recommended Team Size6 - 8

Okay, so the Crystal Maze isn’t technically an escape room. But, it’s heavily centred on puzzling things, solving things and working together as a team – so there’s enough parallels between the two to justify a review here. I also think that anybody who loves escape rooms, is also likely to love the Crystal Maze.

This could really be one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever written. If you’ve ever seen the…

Review: The Signal - Make Your Escape, Derby

Room Story - from Make Your Escape

Following reports of strange lights in the skies over Derbyshire, your team intercepts a distress signal, which leads you to an abandoned military bunker.

Once the door closes behind you, you quickly realise the signal was not all that it seemed, the bunker was not abandoned and you are not alone.

Work together as a team to solve the puzzles and escape. The truth is in there…

Key Stats

Room NameThe SignalVenueMake Your EscapeLocationDerby, UKDate24/03/2019Escape Time56:07Team Size3My Recommended Team Size2 - 5

The Signal was our 6th and final game of our escape room weekend away in the East Midlands. It’s the most condensed period of escape room gaming we’ve ever played as a team – and that really started to show. Our performance wasn’t our finest.

There are also some games that really click with you – let's call it “the bond”. When you have “the bond” everything makes sense, you’re confident in all your answers and you float on a clou…

Review: Dystopia and Utopia - Make Your Escape, Derby


This is the first time I’ve written a combined review for two rooms. That’s because it’s the first time I’ve ever played two separate rooms that are set in the same ‘world’ and can be played back-to-back without a break. We played the dark and dreary Dystopia first before heading into the shining white and bright Utopia. So, I’m writing the reviews in that order.

Click here to skip down to the review of Utopia.


Room Story - from Make Your Escape

Beyond the great dome of Utopia lies a desolate wasteland. Disease has ravaged the population, resources are scarce and, for those still managing to survive, life is hard.

Yet, long condemned to the darkness, the Dystopians have become resilient and determined. No longer will they accept their fate quietly and no longer will the advancements of Utopia benefit only the few.

Besides, they've made some advancements of their own and Utopia might just need them more than they realise.

Key Stats

Room NameDystopiaVenueMake Yo…