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Review: University of Magic: The Entrance Exam - Lucardo, Manchester

Room Story - from Lucardo

You have been offered a place to study at the mystical University of Magic. In order to secure your place, you will need to cast spells, recite incantations, mix potions and battle with dark forces. Do you have what it takes to play this ultimate escape room and become the next Witch or Wizard of the University of Magic?

Key Stats

Room NameUniversity of Magic: The Entrance ExamVenueLucardoLocationManchester, UKDate21/10/2018Escape Time47:27Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 5

I got a gift voucher as a work leaving present to play University of Magic (take a look at this post that reveals the quest I had to complete to get my voucher code!). Out of all the escape rooms we’ve ever played, University of Magic is the busiest room I’ve ever encountered as it’s usually booked up for the next month. If you want a Saturday game, it’s usually two months before you find an open slot. So other than the obvious parallels that can be drawn with Harry Potter, I was…

Review: The Mummy - iLocked, Nottingham

Room Story - from iLocked

A team of intrepid researchers has discovered a pyramid in the golden sands of the Egyptian desert. Nobody has been here for more than 3000 years. They will be the first to see the burial chambers and other secrets of the pyramid. IF they can survive. The explorers need to make sure to solve all the riddles of the pyramid: the wily Egyptians have set plenty of traps.

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Room NameThe MummyVenueiLockedLocationNottingham, UKDate28/10/2017Escape Time54:00Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 4

I’ve had a small collection of past reviews that have been on my to-do list for nearly a year and this is one of those reviews. We played this game in October 2017, but amazingly I still remember this game really well. I will caveat this review with the fact it is already a year out of date at the time of posting so there may be elements which no longer hold true.

We’d heard some positive things about iLocked and seen that they emphasise their “no padlocks” d…

Review: Henry Fortune's House of Illusion - Escape Quest, Macclesfield

Room Story - from Escape Quest

For 30 years his parents toured the world with their famous House of illusion magic show.

Henry would wait patiently backstage during the shows, wishing for the day he'd be allowed to take his place in the limelight, and maybe one day he might even be the star of the show. Unfortunately Henry's parents didn't think he was good enough to be included in the act.

show more.... Henry grew up bitter and disillusioned with the world, the anger he felt at his parents slowly turned to hatred, and then.....they suddenly disappeared never to be seen again! Henry's girlfriend and his Aunt and Uncle have also disappeared. Henry claims they have all gone abroad to continue the show without him, but Henry's Grandfather suspects something terrible has happened to the missing family members.

Henry has built his own private theatre. The shows he put on have not gone well, and ticket sales have dried up entirely, so Henry's decided to hold audi…

Review: Facility X - Breakout, Manchester

Room Story - from Breakout

You arrive at an unknown location for a once in a lifetime opportunity; a conference held by the critically acclaimed, Dr. Andrews. His work is widely known throughout the research circles, but he has remained hidden in the shadows for years. What you don’t know, is that Dr. Andrews has gone mad, creating a string of tests that have gone disastrously wrong. You have one hour to escape his maze of tricks and games, before you become his final experiment...

Key Stats

Room NameFacility XVenueBreakoutLocationManchester, UKDate26/09/2018Escape Time50:57Team Size4My Recommended Team Size2 - 4

For a work night out, we took 3 teams of 4 people to play at Breakout Manchester. I’d previously played at Breakout Chester, but this was my first visit to Manchester. We enjoyed the game we played at Chester so I had similar expectations of Manchester. It’s worth noting, Breakout has two locations in Manchester; the majority of their games are based at their High Street…