Variety of puzzles 3.5/5 Originality of puzzles 3.5/5
Pre-game atmosphere 4/5 Difficulty 2.5/5
Overview – Such a fantastic set up – actually having to leave the building to walk over to the van and then hearing our briefing through our tiny cell doors built such a great atmosphere! There was a fantastic variety of puzzles for such a restrictive space too, not just unlocking doors and spinning padlocks.
You’re breaking the law as dangerous convicts! Cooperate to solve puzzles and make a break for it! Sweet, sweet freedom is within your grasp!
You’ve been caught, tried and convicted! During the transport to a maximum security prison, the secure vehicle taking you is involved in an accident. The vehicle is immobile, and a bit of a mess, but this is the perfect opportunity to stage a breakout!
The police’s response time is 60 minutes; can you shorten your life sentence?
Team – Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu
(Reviewed by Ster)
The setting of this room is amazing, held at the edge of a car park inside a decommissioned prison van, making this escape a really unique experience. Our host was brilliant too – friendly and bubbly and adding a lot to our enjoyment of the game with her enthusiasm.
All of the games that we played at Panic Room were a different experience, particularly this one! It started with us all shut into individual cells with very little at our disposal. A couple of us had part of a bigger puzzle locked inside with us and a couple didn’t have anything at all. We had to shout through the walls to communicate with each other and then, once the first team member was free, the rest of us were able to give helpful advice through the windows in the cell doors.
It was a pretty confined space but not so small that we couldn’t move around, though we are familiar enough with each other to just shove someone out of the way if we want to get past! There was a good variety of puzzles considering the restrictions of the venue and we all enjoyed those that took a little longer to get to the end of, picking up pieces of the puzzle from different parts of the van until we finally had enough for the solution.
The difficulty level wasn’t too high here, a bit of a range in puzzles and a few nice ones that required us to find and compile pieces of information from around the van but nothing overly taxing. The real entertainment factor in this room came from the theme and setting, and a great games master!
Stuart – This game for me was probably the most disappointing of all the games. The lack of puzzles, things to do and sitting around waiting for others was a bit dull. However this game is worth doing just for the unique location (a car park with the general public walking alongside) and obviously the prison van itself. If you are like me and hope you will never end up inside a real prison van – it was an interesting experience sitting inside and waiting to break out. If you are doing other games here, I’d advise doing it however I wouldn’t go to just play this game otherwise you might end up walking away slightly deflate
Escape Time – 30:32