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Review: Dark Magic - Breakout, Chester

Room Story - from Breakout Chester

You and Your Fellow wizard’s have discovered a secret passage into a room long forgotten by time. You edge slowly inside, and your blood runs cold. You feel the presence of an ancient Dark Magic! Your Wizarding skills will be put to the test, as you prepare to subdue this ancient power…

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Room NameDark MagicVenueBreakoutLocationChester, UKDate30/06/2019Escape Time38:29Team Size3My Recommended Team Size3 - 4

Breakout Chester was kind enough to invite us along to play another one of their rooms. We’ve previously visited before and played their Identify room which we enjoyed and narrowly escaped from. I really do like this location, it’s on one of the main Chester high streets accessible from the first floor of one of the historic Chester Rows.

The basic premise of the game is that you’ve discovered a secret room belonging to a powerful wizard in which you must subdue the dark magic inside. The game has a hidden entrance, which nicely lin…

Review: Captured B - Breakout, Manchester

Room Story - from Breakout Manchester

It's time to play a game. Some people are so ungrateful to be alive. If you survive this room you won't be. One minute you are leading a normal life, going about your daily business, the next minute you have been captured. You wake up in an abandoned basement with no idea how you got there. A video begins to play and the clock starts to count down. You have 60 minutes to escape, or your life will end…

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Room NameCaptured BVenueBreakoutLocationManchester, UKDate17/06/2019Escape Time35:20Team Size5My Recommended Team Size2 - 4

Back in June I attended a meet-up of escape room owners and enthusiasts in Manchester organised by Ian Pownall, the director of Lucardo Manchester. It was a really great night meeting lots of fellow enthusiasts and talking all things escape rooms. As part of the event, the guys at Breakout Manchester were kind enough to offer enthusiasts the opportunity to play one of their games for free. Based on availab…

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.

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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…

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 …