Escape rooms, Mindquest, Orlando

Mind Quest – Diamond Heist

From mindquestescapegames.com/

The Perfect Robbery.

The Star of Dream of Dreams Diamond has been stolen! Montgomery Bank & Trust is a known front for money laundering and other criminal activity. We have reliable intel that indicates the Star of Dreams is secured somewhere on their premises, presumably under the watchful eye of the bank’s president, Charles Montgomery, III. It’s up to you to break into Montgomery’s office, locate his secret vault and confiscate the diamond before he returns. We need your help to ensure the Star of Dreams is recovered by its rightful owner!

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Team- Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu

(Reviewed by Ster)

Mind Quest

The MindQuest team were really friendly and welcoming and there was plenty of seating in the waiting area with free bottled water. They have quite a few different games available but we were told that Diamond Heist was the favourite game of another group of British tourists that had visited so were excited to get going. The team were also fantastic when we ran out of this room wanting to play another game and they got us into Cyber crash almost immediately!

The Room

Rooms in Orlando are generally a little different to the rooms that we have played in Europe as most allow for at least 8 players at a time and many are suitable for 10. We played this game with 4 and that was a pretty good number for us, any more and I think that we would have been left doing quite a bit of standing around and watching.

The premise of this room was great fun, the diamond that we were trying to steal was outrageously large and theming of the whole game was really well done. We had a few debates while playing about whether or not different clues would turn out to be red herrings, but nothing that derailed our play.

The puzzles in the room were good fun, nothing ground breaking but with some interesting elements that required a bit of lateral thinking. I particularly enjoyed the moments that really made us think outside the box. Moments of, why on earth do we keep finding all of these…? And then realising that there was a purpose that none of us had predicted!

Ni – The puzzles weren’t that hard but we really enjoyed it and it always makes a difference to how much I enjoy a company when the hosts are friendly.

Score

We really enjoyed playing this room. The premise and theming were great and the puzzles were enjoyable to work out. There was one moment when we were a bit stuck about what we needed to work on next, but overall the problems were enjoyable and not too difficult to solve, they just required a bit of thought and the application of some logic.

Difficulty

2/5

Overall

3/5

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Clockwork Dog, Escape rooms, London

Clockwork Dog – The Loop

From https://clockwork.dog/

Are you ready to enter the unknown?

Be the first to test a pioneering new technology, in an experiment that will change the course of human history.

Welcome to Frontier Engineering — a private research and development company working on nuclear transmutation, quantum tunnels and the applications of dark energy.

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Teams

Team 1 – Simon, Stu, Mark, Jackie

Team 2 – Ster, Ni, Rachel, Ben

(Reviewed by Ster)

Clockwork Dog

This room is currently in residence at The Panic Room in Gravesend but it was a pop-up when we played, operating out of a shop in North London. The small premises with just the one game on site meant that the experience was immersive from the start and our hosts opened the door in character, which was a great touch that we really enjoyed.

After the game both hosts were very friendly and happy to talk about the game with us. It was really interesting discussing the elements that we found intuitive or really tricky and then being told how other teams found the same puzzles. We were also given a report of how long we took to achieve the different puzzles which was great fun for comparing our experience with our other team that had already played this escape.

The Room

It’s difficult to say too much about this room without giving away spoilers so I’ll talk about things in fairly vague terms! The room was quite sparsely decorated but the puzzles were clear to find and we managed to solve one of them in the fastest time that they’d ever had – an achievement that I put down to three of us in the room being teachers!

Overall there weren’t loads of puzzles and we tended to find ourselves either in two groups tackling a couple of problems simultaneously or in some cases all crowded around one puzzle and working it through together. The small number of puzzles was in no way a negative for this game though, each one was complex and well thought out with no elements of just stumbling across a key and seeing which lock it fitted. They were puzzles that required careful thought and there was a lot of different elements packed into them which we really enjoyed.

The tension really built as we worked through this game and I think those of a nervous disposition could be in danger of panicking as they get to the end! There is also a section that involved the whole team in a confined space which was essential for the story of the game and led to a very unique and clever twist but that not be suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia.

Score

The Loop was fun and fast-paced but the puzzles required deep thinking which really helped us to be completely immersed in the experience. The story of the game really added to our enjoyment especially as in quite a few escapes that I’ve played the story is mostly irrelevant to what you are doing and seems just tacked on the end but in The Loop, the story is a central part of the experience. It was a great, uniquely thought out game and I’m really glad that it has found a permanent home so that more people can experience it.

Difficultly

3/5

Overall

4/5

Escape London, Escape rooms, London

Escape London – Escape the seven seas

From www.escape-london.co.uk/

You and your crew have been locked away in the brig. Does your team have what it takes to escape your cell, break into the Captains chamber and steal the treasure all for yourself? Glory and riches await

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Team  – Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu

(Reviewed by Ster)

Escape London (Shadwell)

Escape London was easy to find and our hosts were friendly and welcoming when we arrived. They briefed us, along with another team starting at the same time, in about 3 minutes flat, which was fantastic! And then we were led into our respective rooms and given another couple of snippets of information before the door was locked.

The Room

The theme of this room was fantastic, with brilliant decoration and an interesting start which required a good level of teamwork. As we did this room at the height of summer, the air conditioning was also greatly appreciated, especially compared to some previously played rooms which left everyone sweating and fumbling any code locks! The room was pretty darkly lit, which could get annoying at times, but also encouraged us all to work together as we passed lanterns back and forth to get a better look at different clues and which really added to the atmosphere of being locked up in the ship’s brig!

The puzzles in this room were non-linear, which is always our favourite type of room, and we all zipped around investigating the different puzzles with enough to look at that no one was pushing anyone out of the way for something to do. There were some really interesting puzzles in this room that were great fun to solve and we only got stuck right at the end due to some slightly imprecise placement which really slowed us down.

I really enjoyed the different puzzles and the way that they encouraged us all to work together. Nothing was too tricky and the solutions had pretty intuitive answers so it always felt as if we were moving forwards. It was a really fun room and I’m definitely looking forward to trying some more games at Escape London!

Ni – I really enjoyed this room, I think it’s one of the only rooms we’ve ever done where we all had something to do the whole time and there were some really fun puzzles that we’ve never seen before. Great theme and just all round enjoyable!

Score

This room was really enjoyable. Brilliantly themed and with interesting puzzles which were great fun to solve. We were a little frustrated when we tripped up on the last puzzle but the other solutions came fairly intuitively to us, meaning that we didn’t have any moments of standing around waiting for a moment of inspiration to hit, which is always the sign of a great room!

Difficulty

3/5

Overall

4/5

 

Escape rooms, Escapeology, Orlando

Escapeology – Budapest express

From escapology.com

Moving through the cabins and gathering evidence, the killer knows you are hot on their trail and has decided you are their next target. With you out of the picture they would be free to escape when the train stops.

Solve the riddles and puzzles, gather the evidence and solve the murder before it’s too late!

Do you have what it takes to find the killer before they find you? Time is of the essence!

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Team – Ster, Simon, Ni , Stu

(Reviewed by Ster)

Escapeology

Escapeology had plenty of space to sit and wait and with so many rooms available we were able to play one room and find another room with them that we could play immediately afterwards, which is an opportunity that we never find playing in England! The hosts were friendly and enthusiastic and set up the theme of the room well before we started.

The Room

This room was different to most escape rooms that I have played before because we had to identify the murderer from a list of suspects to escape, which meant at times it felt a bit like a live action game of Cluedo! Each puzzle that we solved gave us another piece of information about one of the suspects and we had to put all of the information together and work out who was responsible.

The theme also meant that the room was quite narrow, it genuinely looked like the inside of a train, but that meant that it took a bit of awkward manoeuvring to get around each other at times. I really liked the aspect of moving through the train though, it really brought the theme to life and we kept lifting the curtains to observe the snowy landscape outside!

There was a lot to look at inside, plenty for everyone to get stuck into and a few of the puzzles brought everyone back together to work something out.

Simon – A great setting! The whole idea of being set on a train was a big change and was accomplished fairly well. There was an interesting variety of puzzles and there weren’t any points where we felt completely stumped, but we were still challenged.
The final puzzle was a nice climax and our years of playing Cluedo (and Ster’s expertise for that kind of puzzle) was great. Overall, a unique game which worked well.

Score

Difficulty

3/5

Overall

4/5

 

Escape rooms, London

Escape Rooms – Pharaoh’s Chamber

From escaperooms.co.uk

You have successfully passed through all the 12 black hell gates. You are deep in the heart of pyramid – Pharaoh Khufu’s chamber. You are the 100th raider of this tomb; the 99 who have come before you are believed to have perished in the chamber though no bodies have been found. It has been rumoured that their souls have been sucked into Khufu’s tomb to act as his guards for eternity.

This chamber is cursed; all who remain in it after 60 minutes will die. You have 1-hour to find the treasure and escape; otherwise you will, as the others, be forced to remain at the Pharaoh’s side forever. Can you light the Flame of the Gods and escape?

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Team – Ster, Simon, Stu, Ni, Ros

(Review by Ster)

Escape Rooms

Escape rooms at London Bridge is pretty small. The room that you walk into has photos of previous teams all over the walls but the actual games are downstairs where there’s a bit more space but nowhere to sit and wait. The hosts were friendly and enthusiastic, though there wasn’t much setting up of the theme beforehand, just a run through of a rules.

The Room

This was my first experience of an escape room that didn’t just revolve around padlocks. We were quite new to escape rooms when we played this and when we first walked in we genuinely had no idea what to do! We got into the rhythm of it a bit more as the hour wore on, though we found that some of the puzzles weren’t very intuitive and at one point we were all sat on the floor just looking at each other in confusion! We needed a couple of hints to escape this room and one of the hints we received over and over again because we were just so stumped about how to use the information!

The room had a great atmosphere, it was quite an immersive experience and built a lot of tension which did eventually culminate in someone screaming! The puzzles weren’t linear, but we ended up solving most of them one at a time as a whole group rather than using the divide and conquer method which we usually favour.

Stu – This game was ok. It had its positives with the different types of puzzles and different challenges it held as well as providing a different theme we hadn’t come across yet. Obviously this all kept our interest. However I think the frustration of a couple of the challenges and some of the challenges requiring an explanation of what to do left me feeling rather blasé about the whole experience.

Score

Pharaoh’s chamber was a great atmospheric room that offered a lot more than just searching for padlock codes. It required a completely different skill set to the other room at the London Bridge Escape Rooms location, which made it really interesting to play with the same team.

Difficulty – 4/5

Overall – 3/5