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Review: Mutiny - Tulleys Escape Rooms

Room Story - from Tulleys

It's the year of our Lord 1672, and you be right in the height o' the golden age o' piracy…

After years of sailin' the high seas, you and your crew have succeeded in your fair share of ambushes, and as a result – your ship is teamin' with bounty.

Yet you're still suffering beneath the cruel wrath o' Captain Starling - a notoriously bloodthirsty buccaneer, and your shipmates have decided you all shall take matters into your own hands. After all… you fought for the gold, so the gold is yours for the taking, aye?

Once the old seadog has retreated to his berth for the night, you make your move. Get in, get the treasure and get out. You won't have long before he starts to stir – and Starling shows no mercy to ANY soul…

Key Stats

Room NameMutiny
VenueTulleys Escape Rooms
LocationCrawley, UK
Escape Time48:28
Team Size3
My Recommended Team Size2 - 6


All of the games we’ve played have been clustered around the East Midlands (where we used to live) and the North West (where we live now). We decided it was finally time to take a trip south and play a few games at some of the most highly rated venues. After reading many online reviews and much careful planning, we chose to play 9 game over the weekend – 3 at Tulleys and 6 at the Panic Room in Gravesend. This was the most games we’d ever played in such a condensed period so we were nervous about how we’d get on. We started our weekend with Mutiny at Tulleys.

It was unusual for us to play escape rooms based at a farm, but the fantastic thing about where Tulleys is set is the amount of space they have to play with. Plus you can go and look at the goats and guinea fowl between games. Just by entering the waiting area, you can see the quality of the venue – it’s complete with comfy sofas, wood burners to keep you warm in the winter and a coffee bar. But the highlight is the stunningly themed entrances to each of their 4 escape rooms which are all visible and accessible from the main waiting area.

After receiving a brief introduction from the host and watching a health and safety/storyline video we set sail on our mission. We initially found ourselves in quite a small wood panelled space with a few bits of furniture to explore. This room had a few different padlocks to open in order to gain access to the main game area.

When we entered the main game area, it’s a very large space that could realistically pass as the hold of a ship with the wood panelling and the various props you find. In this space there are a couple of large centrepiece puzzles – one is a physical challenge (that really does require quite a bit of strength!) whilst the other is the main aim of this room – I won’t say what it is, but it’s such good fun and really is every amateur pirates dream!

The only place we really got stuck in this room was because of a minor reset error (a piece of information we needed to solve a puzzle had been left in a later room). The host had to tell us the answer in the end. It confused us a little bit because until we actually found what we needed later in the game, we didn’t realise there had been an error!

The fantastic level of immersion continued throughout the rest of the game. My favourite space in the game (that I won’t spoil by describing in detail) was beautifully put together and felt so real. They’d used different levels in the space to split it into distinct areas with two large puzzles that really used the space well.

The variety in Mutiny really impressed us with physical, find-a-code, maths, decoding & find and assemble type puzzles on offer. Each space tended to have a large puzzle that was your central aim.

We escaped Mutiny in 48:28 with a few hints delivered over loudspeaker from Polly the parrot. We really did love this game – it was such an epic adventure with so much to explore in a fantastically themed space. The puzzles were also excellent – logical, fun and often focused around a central aim to make it clear what you’re trying to achieve. I can see this game being really popular with family groups!

The team were Beth, Daniel and Becky.


Overall An epic swashbuckling adventure of a game that’s elaborately themed and occupies an impressive amount of floor space.
Difficulty We received a few hints, but we largely found this game quite straightforward due to good signposting and puzzle flow.
Fun This is an extremely fun game – there’s so much to explore and the outcome of one of the puzzles is every amateur pirates dream!
Puzzles There were some real standout puzzles in this game that really fit with the pirate theme.
Immersion Given the size of the floorspace this game occupies, the attention to detail in the theming of this game creates such an immersive space.
Surprises There are lots of nice discoveries in this game with a few wow factor moments along the way.