London, The Riddle Within

The Riddle Within – Flight 338

Scores

Variety of puzzles 2/5                                                 Originality of puzzles 2.5/5

Pre-game atmosphere 5/5                                         Difficulty 3/5

Overall 3.5/5

Overview – The world’s first escape room on a plane! The theming of this game was obviously fantastic and our host was amazing in his role of over the top security, creating a great buzz as we started. The concept of having to open different areas of the plane to find and solve puzzles really made this game enjoyable and I can’t wait to find out what the team come up with next – they’ve promised a more challenging game in the future and I’ll definitely be signing up as soon as it’s available!

From https://www.riddlewithin.com/

After years on the straight and narrow, your past has finally come back to haunt you.

Once one of the most feared gangs in the USA, responsible for some of the most audacious and daring robberies in the country’s history, time has mellowed your crew and retirement has been pretty uneventful.

That is until a shadowy figure from your ‘less law abiding days’ reappears to take revenge.

You have been framed, found guilty, sentenced and, given your shady past, that sentence is a tough one. Life to be exact. Life in one of the world’s highest security prisons.

So now you find yourselves thrust back together with the old faces. Faces you last saw obscured by balaclavas and in the midst of a high speed pursuit many years ago… faces that bring back memories of the old ways. Old ways you will need more than ever if you are to escape into the sunset and finally disappear.
You are being readied for transportation on board prisoner shipping plane: Flight 338, but there is one member of the gang they didn’t find. He has caused disruption at the airstrip and left some things on board which you might just find useful, but is everything quite as it seems?

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Team – Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu, Tim

(Reviewed by Ster)

The Riddle Within

The Riddle Within team were really friendly and clearly very passionate, a member of staff had experienced some travel issues on the morning that we played and so we were greeted by one of the mangers who had rushed over to be there and it was great to chat to him about The Riddle Within’s future plans and some of the changes that Flight 338 had been through as it was developed. The concept of this escape is great, the plane looks brilliant and was bigger than we expected with loads of seats and space inside.

Flight 338

The game begins with a prison guard leading the team into the plane and he played his role absolutely brilliantly. We were simultaneously trying not to laugh while also doing everything that we could to do what he said and not get into trouble! We all decided to start the game in handcuffs, though this is optional for all players, but we enjoyed the extra challenge that it added.

The game was pretty linear, with the whole group solving a puzzle before moving on to another, though we were finding props that linked with various puzzles all the time as we went along. Getting out of the handcuffs was a fun challenge as we could only move so far while attached to our seats and we also had to open a surprising amount of doors during the game considering that we were confined to a plane!

The guard’s return visit halfway through playing was a big highlight as we all scrambled to be back in our seats and looking innocent before he opened the door, even with suitcases strewn all over the floor, a challenge made a little more difficult by the fact that one member of the team couldn’t find her handcuffs and was then hilariously chastised while trying to locate them.

The final two puzzles were completed almost simultaneously as the cockpit puzzle isn’t really designed for everyone to do at once and we really wanted to find the evidence that proved our innocence! Overall, it was a great experience, not overly challenging and so suitable for beginners as well as experienced players and we’re really looking forward to The Riddle Within’s next offering, especially their next plane game as it sounds like they’re really going to up the difficulty level for that one!

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Escape time – 30:29