London, Time Run

Time Run – Celestial Chain

From time-run.com

A rogue goddess, once imprisoned, has broken free of The Celestial Chain. Gather what you need to bind her, once again: or risk the end of the world as we know it. 

 – Gather the artefacts you need from across time to imprison an ancient force.

 –  A brand new format, never seen before in a live game experience 

 – A clear scoring system that reflects your team achievements

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Team – Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu, Ros

Played – 15/2/17

(Review by Ster)

Time Run

As with our previous visit to Time Run, our host was superb and really set up a fantastic adventure! The host that we met at the end was also amazing. There was a bit of a gap between bookings and he really took the time to talk to us about the puzzles and even explained a couple of things that we hadn’t managed to work out at the time, which, for me, really made the experience an extra special one.

The Room

This room was quite different to Time Run’s other game as it’s more of a collecting game than an escaping as fast as possible game. In each section of the room your team has a set amount of time to gather as many artifacts as you can and then you scurry to the next section to try and gather even more.

This set-up created a great atmosphere and there was so much to do that it always felt as if we were running out of time, which I guess is the point! If we couldn’t work out a puzzle, there was time to swap around and give other elements a go, creating a constant feeling of panic as we rushed around frenetically trying to gather as much as possible, always feeling as if we should have achieved a little bit more than we managed!

There was such a wide variety of puzzles in this game that I can’t even hope to remember them all! Some of them I didn’t even see as there was so much else to do. There were a few puzzles which were just plain frustrating, but it didn’t matter because we weren’t given any time to dwell on them! The final puzzle was great fun as we rushed around with our gathered artifacts, though it was a little difficult to hear all of the instructions over the dramatic music!

There were parts of this escape that seemed to work more successfully than others – the first part had some very frustrating elements that we just couldn’t operate successfully no matter how many people tried and another section started with everyone watching one person complete something, but the pace and atmosphere of the whole experience was fantastic!

Ni – Another great room with Time Run, lots of different puzzles meant the team really had a chance to spread out and play to our strengths. As with our previous visit, a truly fantastic host really added to the drama and gave us all a fun experience – I would definitely recommend giving it a go!

Score

This game, and it was more of a game than a room, was great fun! It was a completely different take on escaping, with short sections that we were forced to move on from even if we were adamant that we hadn’t quite finished yet, which meant that when we found ourselves in sections that didn’t play to our strengths, we didn’t get bogged down trying to solve a puzzle for long periods of time. If it wasn’t finished when the time came to move on it didn’t matter, it was just time to run!

Difficulty

3/5

Overall

4/5

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London, Time Run

Time Run – The Lance of Longinus

From time-run.com

Dive through a time portal, then voyage through forgotten and undiscovered worlds on a quest for an object of unfathomable power. Run through time, against clock, to track down the Lance of Longinus – before your 60 minutes are up.

 

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Team

Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu, Ros

Played – 28/5/16

(Review by Ster)

Time Run

The theme of this escape from beginning to end was the best I’ve encountered. The doors won’t open until the exact start of your time slot and they are opened in character to reveal an incredibly well themed room and a very entertaining introduction to the adventure. I can’t praise the set-up enough, it was incredible!

We were briefed with another team but we didn’t see them again. We considered hanging around to see if they emerged at the end of the hour but the outside of the location wasn’t a very inspiring place to wait so we left them to it!

The Room

When it says time run, it means it, this place was massive!  There was so much to do as we went around that I don’t actually know how we solved some puzzles, I would be working in one corner of the room and turn around to find other members of the team had found and solved a completely different puzzle and were on to the next. One thing that this adventure wasn’t was linear, we were all over the place!

The puzzles were challenging and very engaging, many of them were also different to puzzles that we had seen before which made them particularly exciting. One element of this room that I really enjoyed was the fact that some puzzles were big enough that they brought the whole team back together and we could do that without leaving anyone out to just watch as the rest of us got on with it, which is something that frequently happens in some escapes.

We made some ridiculous errors as well, which we were ridiculed for at the end by the helpful robot Babbage! But it was a very enjoyable experience involving excited running, interesting puzzles and a lot of yelling!

Simon – Great environment and good variety throughout the game. Great storyline and introduction (if a little long) and implemented really well. Nice variety of puzzles and fantastic use of technology, nothing too repetitive. Decent level of difficulty.

Ni – I loved this room escape! Very impressed by the enthusiasm of the host, which got the theme going from our first step through the door and they managed to maintain it until the moment we left. Every stage was fun and challenging, I hope they open more rooms!

Stu – Without doubt the greatest themed escape room we have seen to date. From the moment of arrival we were submerged into the storyline. Sometimes the introduction to games, safety rules etc. can feel a little flat and you immediately switch off, with this game – not a chance. Every aspect of this game was engaging but at the same time challenging. We made a few rookie mistakes but still managed to survive. This game feels much more than just an escape room. Due to its size and number of room changes it almost has a feel of ‘The Crystal Maze’ about it. Highly recommend.

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Score

This room was simply incredible. From the decoration of the rooms, the immersive experience, the character of the hosts and the score card at the end, everything about this room was brilliantly done. It has been my favourite experience by far!

Difficulty

4/5

Overall

5/5