Lake District, Lakes Escapes

Lakes Escapes – Baker Street

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

A dead body will soon be discovered at the shipping docks.

A notorious gang of mysterious criminals known as the Baker Street Five held a secret meeting to plan their most elaborate heist yet. This meeting quickly took an unexpected turn and a minor disagreement escalated into a heated argument.  Shots were fired, one crew member lay dead, the remaining crew members immediately fled the scene.

Can you decipher the clues and find out who the murderer is. One word of warning, the leader will be leaving the country within the next hour, so you’d better work quickly.

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Team- Ster, Ni, Rachel, Ben

(Reviewed by Ster)

Lakes Escapes

Lakes Escapes was fairly easy to find, about a 35 minute drive from Keswick, where we were staying. Inside, there wasn’t any seating but as our game was ready didn’t need any. We were greeting by an enthusiastic host and headed into the room after being shown 2 different types of padlock.

One thing that made this game different to others that I’ve played is that we had our briefing inside the actual room. I found this a bit strange as it meant that I wasn’t really listening to what our host was saying, I was just looking around the room for clues! Our host seemed keen to ensure that we were prepared and kept giving us extra pieces of information so that by the time she left us to it, we were itching to get going!

The Room

The room itself was quite a sparse office set-up. We were told before we went in that there were a lot of word puzzles, which meant that we spent the beginning of the game looking for anagrams or wordplay or riddles of some sort but we never actually found any! There were a few puzzles that required using the alphabet, but I wouldn’t let the word puzzles introduction put anyone off – it’s an achievable room even if you don’t have a scrabble champion amongst you!

The premise was that we were looking for the members of a notorious gang after the murder of one of their own before they fled the country. We needed to find the names of both the gang members and the victims, which meant that we hoarded anything with a name on just in case it was relevant! We also came across a few scrabble tiles and I really liked how these were used to give us different clues. The first one was quite confusing, but once we’d realised how it worked, the others that we found came in very useful and they were a fun element of the game that kept making us smile.

The game itself was fairly linear and I don’t think that we really found a puzzle that needed more than one of us to complete, so there were a few moments of us all standing around wondering where on earth we were meant to be looking as we seemed to have exhausted all options! There were also a few puzzles that could be completed out of order, which can get a bit confusing in a linear game!

Score

The puzzles in this room weren’t all that taxing to be honest. The linear aspect meant that quite often we became stuck because one member of the team was holding the next part of the game, they just hadn’t realised it yet, rather than because we couldn’t work out the answer! That being said, it is in an area where there really aren’t that many escapes around and they have a variety of rooms with 3 different themes and our host was friendly and welcoming.

Difficulty

2/5

Overall

2.5/5

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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

Played – 2/8/18

(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