Cliffhanger Rooms, Lake District

Cliffhanger rooms – The Pharaoh’s Curse

From https://www.cliffhangerrooms.co.uk/

An incredible discovery in Egypt!

The recent discovery of a pyramid, presumably the resting place of a long-forgotten Pharaoh, has set the world’s imagination afire. Rumours of treasure and unimaginable wealth have been circulating in the media. You assembled a team of leading archaeologists to join you on your mission to reach the inner tomb and discover the identity of this mysterious Egyptian king.

Many teams have ventured into the pyramid before, but none have escaped. The mysterious disappearance of these explorers has led many to believe the Pharaoh had his burial chamber cursed.

You must discover the inner tomb, identify the Pharaoh, and escape within 60 minutes, or else you too may fall victim to the Pharaoh’s curse!

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Team – Ster, Ni, Ster and Ni’s mum

(Reviewed by Ster)

Cliffhanger rooms

Cliffhanger Rooms was easy to find and had lots of parking, which was useful to use as we’d driven over from about an hour away. They have a small waiting area with about 4 chairs which, unless they have another space hidden somewhere, I think it would be pretty crowded if 2 teams turned up at once! They were pretty friendly though and the briefing was short, so about 5 minutes after we arrived the countdown had started!

The Room

We did this room while on holiday in the Lake District and took our mum with us even though escape rooms aren’t really her kind of thing! They provided pens and paper though so we managed to get her involved by asking her to take notes and do the maths when sums came up, for the actual puzzles though, there was really just the two of us!

The room starts off in the archaeologist’s camp with some hieroglyphics puzzles and a couple of other puzzles that were also well themed. There wasn’t a lot of searching involved in this game, there was a lot more figuring out rather than finding, which I quite liked but meant that the amount of puzzles was possibly fewer than you might come across in other games.

The first part of the room ended with a video suddenly playing and telling us information that would be useful later on in the game. It was a really interesting element, but I found it very frustrating that I couldn’t write it all down fast enough! The video promised 2 chances to hear the information but didn’t play again until the information was actually relevant, which was a good 15 minutes later!

The room also include a more ‘physical’ challenge that we could actually involve our mum in, as she was mainly watching as we went around! Though while we were faffing about trying to get the challenge exactly right, it turned out we’d completed on one of our previous attempts but hadn’t realised at the time because hadn’t looked right from where we’d been standing!

Overall, the puzzles were well themed and there was a good variety in what they had. The __ at the end slowed us down a bit as, I think partly because the solution didn’t seem to make sense, and our host actually had to pause the timer to check if we were using the right answer as they obviously couldn’t see or hear us clearly enough from where they were. This led to a bit of confusion at the end as they then let the time run on to give us an accurate score and we couldn’t work out if we had finished or not!

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Score

There were some interesting puzzles in this game and a good variety, though I feel that if there had been more of us we wouldn’t have quite had enough to do. That being said, it was a good challenge with 2 (and a half!) and the mix of different puzzles were interesting to work through.

Difficulty

2.5/5

Overall

3/5

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