Your team of adventurers & archeologists, enter an abandoned gold mine in the heart of the Mexican mountains, your mission is to find the hidden gold.
Legend says that the holder of the hidden gold of El Narangel will find the Lost Tomb.
The miners left subtle clues & hints, if you use all your skills you may find the hidden gold and ultimately the Lost Tomb but be careful they the miners won’t give up their gold easily.
Team – Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu
Played – 29/10/2018
(Reviewed by Ster)
Extremescape is in a pretty unique location and we did start doubting if we were heading in the right direction before we saw the signs leading us down a fairly narrow trackway to a car park with an amazing view of the surrounding hills!
When we arrived our host was very friendly and welcoming and we had a few minutes to chat about our favourite escapes as every member of our team wanted to go to the toilet before we started – one of the downsides of a 90 minute room!
This room is brilliantly themed and decorated, first starting in an abandoned gold mine and then moving on to a Mayan tomb through an amazing puzzle which had us all excited as we yelled at each other in a pretty confined space and laughed at the practicality of starting in the middle instead of somewhere slightly more logical! The entryway to this escape houses a fantastic puzzle and our hosts even took us back through to show us what would have happened if we’d got it wrong, and I think it’s worth getting it wrong to experience what happens, it’s just brilliantly done.
After the first puzzle we were searching through an abandoned gold mine, which had two puzzles in particular that wowed us all, even if Stu did keep complaining about getting wet (he wouldn’t stand back)! If we started down the wrong path, or attempted a particularly ridiculous solution to a puzzle, we were chastised by a voice that echoed around the room and gently mocked us, which we all found pretty entertaining. Actual clues were delivered via a screen that also showed our time. At one point we took a turn for the particularly stupid, despite Ni’s best efforts to stop us, and the clue that flashed up just told us that we were all doomed now, which made us laugh a lot considering how ridiculous our mistake was, though we were told at the end that 90% of teams make the same mistake so we didn’t feel quite so bad about it!
The gold mine was a lot of fun, we did have a few moments of everybody standing still and wondering what we were supposed to be doing, but those moments were also spent marvelling at how well themed and decorated this place is. The automation is also absolutely brilliant, everything worked perfectly and any room that begins with every member of the team saying something along the lines of; that was bloody brilliant, is off to a pretty good start!
The Mayan tomb had some great puzzles in it too, as well as some more wonderfully engineered automation, even if I did spend the entire time in there creeping around very cautiously because our friendly hint giver had told us that there would be spiders inside! We came across one puzzle which really played to our team’s most serious weakness – describing things in a way that the others understand. After a few minutes of looking at each other in complete confusion, we had to resort to everyone running around looking at everything themselves because, as we’ve discovered in previous escapes, we have very different ways of describing the same things!
We burst out of this room thinking that there were more puzzles to solve because even the room for the debrief is brilliantly themed! Our hosts were as fantastic at the end as they had been at the beginning and very efficient in printing off a new leaderboard so that we could include it in our team picture and also had one to take home with us.
Simon – This is a room that definitely has the wow factor. From beginning to end this game impressed at every turn, with amazing theming, fantastic automation and great variety of puzzles. This is a game that I would highly recommend and I am definitely looking forward to making a return trip for their other (by the time we make it) two games.
Stuart – This room is located in a very unique location. As we drove down the long driveway, I did start to wonder to myself what type of room we would find at the end? The answer was a game that amazes and surprises from the word go and easily ranks in the top 3 games we have played to date! The theming is spot on, the puzzle and searching elements balance perfectly and the hosts were lovely and welcoming! I look forward to returning.
Escape time – 58:22
As we walked away from this room we were already planning a return visit to play Pirate Ship, the scale and the level of theming in this place are pretty much unmatched in any other escape that we have played and the puzzles were great fun to get stuck in to. It definitely ranks firmly in our top 3 games and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store here!