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Review: The Signal - Make Your Escape, Derby

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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…

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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…
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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.

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Room NameDystopiaVenueMake Yo…

Review: Tommy - Unescapable, Derby

Room Story - from Unescapable

We need to test that this portal works properly, we’re pretty sure that it does but we just need to be certain! From what we can gather Tommy has landed somewhere in the midst of the Western Front in 1917. There is a very significant chance/the slight possibility that the portal could break when you go through (but it probably won’t don’t worry) If it does though, don’t panic, your team are just going to have to fix the time portal before the bridge collapses and you’re trapped in the past forever.

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Room NameTommyVenueUnescapableLocationDerby, UKDate23/03/2019Escape Time35:00Team Size3My Recommended Team Size2 - 4

The last time I visited Unescapable, I played the terrifying game Edith. Edith is an experience that combined time travel with horror and good puzzles. Not to mention a terrifying creature that pursued you around the room leaving you in perpetual fear. Aside from being constantly scared, I really enjoyed Edith and was looking forwa…

Review: Tortuga Pirates - Escape Reality, Manchester

Room Story - from Escape Reality

Port Royal, 1718. Piracy in the Caribbean is spreading more than ever. You are the Captain of the famous Mariposa ship. Your crew has formed a mutiny and locked you and some of your friends in the prison of your ship. But you can’t stay there, you need to complete the mission you were undertaking: to find Derdrake’s treasure buried somewhere in Tortuga Island. You need the treasure to get rid of a terrible curse that will transform you into a spectre. You need to hurry, the prophecy will come true with the First Moon.

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Room NameTortuga PiratesVenueEscape RealityLocationManchester, UKDate14/04/2019Escape Time36:00Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 5

Escape Reality Manchester is based in a great location in the heart of the main shopping area of the city centre. It’s in the Printworks surrounded by lots of a restaurants, a cinema, a gym and an indoor adventure golf course – so after your escape, there’s a whole day out waiting for you.

Review: Carfax - Cave Escape, Nottingham

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Journey across oceans of time as you descend into Victorian England, fearfully held under the cold grasp of something dark... evil... Undead.

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Room NameCarfaxVenueCave EscapeLocationNottingham, UKDate23/03/2019Escape Time44:49Team Size3My Recommended Team Size2 - 4

It feels like Carfax is one of those games that everybody is talking about. Whenever we’ve visited any escape room recently, I swear that most of them have mentioned this game and how good it is. That’s why we had to go and play. This game was the 2nd of 6 games on our East Midlands escape room weekend.

Cave Escape has a very gothic looking entrance at the bottom of a main road that makes its way out of Nottingham city centre. The window is full of interesting trinkets, and that theme continues as you enter the reception area that’s filled with all sorts of objects and antique looking things. It feels like you’re taking a step back in time.

When we were ready, we were taken down…