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My Very Own Escape Room

My usual posts are reviews of escape rooms I've researched, booked, paid for and then played - but today's post is one that's a little bit different... After just over a year in my current job, I made the decision to apply for a role in a different part of the company I work for and successfully got it. Today was my final day before I start my new role next week. And I was in for a bit of a surprise.  My colleagues know of my love for escape rooms and on a couple of occasions we've even had a work night out where we've all got together and played some games as a team. So my boss decided to use this knowledge to construct an unusual leaving ceremony. Returning from a meeting, people started to swarm around my desk in the familiar fashion I've experienced when I've left my previous roles. But all was not right. Strange items had appeared on the desks and walls. One of my colleagues was chained to a chair with IT paraphernalia. And I looked around to

Review: Heistakes - Escapologic, Nottingham

Room Story - from Escapologic After a daring bank heist goes incredibly wrong, can you finish the job? Five very different criminals were brought together to accomplish the impossible, break into the high security vault underneath Scelus Bank and steal whatever is inside. The operation did not go according to plan and the five have found themselves in police custody, on the run or even worse, dead! show more.... Were they set up by the mysterious leader known as Xander and if so, to what end? Now is your chance to assemble a crack team of your fellow criminals and take on the most heart stopping heist in history. Will you crack under the intense pressure or will you escape before the police turn up? Heistakes is our seventh room here at Escapologic Nottingham. Using an actual vault as the setting makes Heistakes one of the most realistic and immersive heist themed rooms in the country. With the help of two anonymous hackers your task is to finish the job before the author

Review: Identify - Breakout, Chester

Room Story - from Breakout Your friend has been murdered! You know who did it, but the police do not believe you. In a desperate attempt to find justice you have invaded the killer's lair in the hopes of finding the proof to bring the killer to justice. However, the maniac could return at any time. Gather the proof and send this killer to prison before he returns. Do you have what it takes to IDENTIFY this psychopath's other victims? Key Stats Room Name Identify Venue Breakout Location Chester, UK Date 02/09/2018 Escape Time 59:01 Team Size 2 My Recommended Team Size 2 - 5 Review We were heading to Chester for a weekend away and decided to play an escape room whilst we were there. As usual, I set about reading reviews and conducting my research. I found unusually that Breakout Chester had videos on YouTube showing all of their rooms. I haven’t previously found an escape room that shows the interior of the ro

Review: The Dream - Lucardo, Manchester

Room Story - from Lucardo Your dreams are always happy and delightful, but tonight something is going wrong. Your wildest dreams of finding the magic numbers are slowly slipping away, through a whirlwind of riddles, puzzles and illusions. Can you solve your way out of this dream before your chances get lost in the subconscious forever? Be aware, things may not be as they appear! Key Stats Room Name The Dream Venue Lucardo Location Manchester, UK Date 01/09/2018 Escape Time 51:30 Team Size 3 My Recommended Team Size 3 - 5 Review The Dream has been on my to-play list for quite some time and when Lucardo shared a time-limited offer on Facebook to get 20% off, I couldn’t resist diving into my empty escape room fund to book a game. I’d heard good things about The Dream and the theme sounded very appealing and different. After a joint welcome briefing with a few other teams we separated off and received a briefing about th

Review: The Blueprint - Code to Exit, Altrincham

Room Story - from Code to Exit This room escape will present you with an exciting quest. The goal is to travel back in time to the 1950s. There, you must search and acquire the blueprints of the hydrogen bomb and then return them to the future via the time gate. In order to achieve this goal you have to find the lost parts of the time machine, install them and repair it. The perfect puzzle room, even for beginners. Key Stats Room Name The Blueprint Venue Code to Exit Location Altrincham, UK Date 10/08/2018 Escape Time 44:54 Team Size 3 My Recommended Team Size 3 - 4 Review After our trip to Edinburgh a couple of weeks below and playing 4 rooms our escape room fund was at an all time low. However, when browsing Groupon I saw a great deal for The Blueprint at Code to Exit. I’d read good things about Code to Exit, so couldn’t resist a bargain to bolster our escape room funds and play a game I’d been interested in playing! Co

Review: The Secret Lab - Locked In, Edinburgh

Room Story - from Locked In Edinburgh A challenging room with a lot of puzzles. 1972 was the longest year in the history of mankind due to two leap seconds being added to its total length, an event that has since not been repeated. It was indeed a year of tension. Knee-deep in the cold war, America and Russia engaged in a global staring contest, causing much distrust. Research on defence systems including missiles and viruses were given increased funds. One lab in particular has a very interesting story. The Kensie Research Lab was a marvel of 70s technology, with the best equipment money could buy. Situated in Edinburgh, smack in the middle of an old veterinary hospital so not to raise suspicion, the lab was designed around the research and creation of vaccines and viruses. The mastermind behind the project was Professor Lyall Kensie, a brilliant bio-chemist .Do you have what it takes to discover what lies within The Secret Lab today. Key Stats