Month: April 2018

Treasure Hunts in London self guided treasure hunts

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Treasure Hunters using phone for hunting with Treasure Hunts in London
Treasure Hunters using phone for hunting

Treasure Hunts in London

Treasure Hunts in London offers a range of self guided treasure hunts, as well as fully managed experiences, throughout London.

Taking part is easy. Start by downloading  the free ClueKeeper app for your mobile device on the App Store or Google Play. Then decide which Treasure Hunts in London self guided hunt you want to experience. There are currently five to choose from

The ClueKeeper app gives you the clues and provide hints along the way. Once you have the answer, submit it on your smartphone or tablet. ClueKeeper will tell you where to go next. You can even use the hunts as walking tours using the skip answer function.

All the treasure hunts have been carefully planned so they offer a wide range of clues. Some clues are harder than others so it appeals to all skill levels.

Discover mysterious alleyways and hidden parks as well as famous landmarks as you explore the city.  Find out some of the history of the area.

We recommend teams of 4, but teams can be 2 to 6 players. And you only need one app per team.

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Quest for Pharaoh Khufu’s Chamber

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I got a call from Escape Roomers (Munich). They were travelling to London and were looking for additional explorers to join their quest for Pharaoh Khufu’s Chamber. Legend had it that the Chamber was cursed. All who remained there longer than 60 minutes were said to be destined to guard the Pharaoh’s tomb and his treasure for all eternity…….

No pressure then!

Were we up for the challenge?

You bet we were.

And so my team of Invitation To Events explorers arrived at the ante chambers, or foyer at Escape Rooms London Bridge  just off Tooley Street, to begin our mission.

Pharaoh’s Chamber – A Cursed Tomb

We introduced ourselves to our fellow explorers and swapped stories of escape rooms we’d played throughout Europe. The Games master was surprised we had not met before embarking on this adventure.

He told us we were the 100th raiders to enter Pharaoh Khufu’s tomb. It seems the first 99 explorers had perished in the chamber, although no bodies had been found. We were given an  hour to find the Pharaoh’s treasure, and light all the flames of the gods, to escape.

We were shown into a large room with Egyptian statues all around the room. As the door shut, we started searching for clues. There was a good selection of puzzles arranged in a nonlinear game play. We were able to split up, search and solve, joining together and parting as puzzles were solved. One puzzle that stumped us for a long time. It turned out to be something that was formerly a puzzle but had now been retired and was just a prop!

It was good to see we were making progress throughout the game, as we kept lighting the flames of the gods around the room.

It was down to the final light and we huddled together a little stumped. Finally we solved it and managed to escape within the time limit and without needing clues! Amazing.

So happy to have our celebration photo taken and given pride of place on the Escape Rooms wall.

Munich Escape Plan 2018

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A highly guarded secret……

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“It will be fun,” she said reeling off the list of where and when to meet.

“Are you sure you know where we are going?” we asked as we followed her down the winding streets of London. It was beginning to get dark and the market stalls were packing up for the night as we passed. Almost at the end of the road we came to a stop outside an unremarkable grey door.

She gave the password and we entered into a loading bay.

“Are you sure this is right?” we asked.

By now, she was beginning to wonder herself……..

Suddenly a  shout came from an open door. The man beckoned us in and lead us to an old film studio that appeared to be lost in time. We had entered the headquarters of ‘Secret Studio’.

FRIGHTS-CAMERA-ACTION!

We’d signed up to take part in an escape room set in a fictional down-at-heel schlock movie production office. It wasn’t until the Games Master started telling us the plot of the game that we realised this was no ordinary adventure.

This was a scary adventure.

The story goes that after screening the latest film, one of the film crew noticed something was wrong. They’d stayed in the cutting room overnight to try and figure things out but  now they had disappeared.

Could our team solve the mystery and bring back the missing crew member?

Or, worst-case scenario, could the room be haunted?

“You’ve signed us up for what?”

I’m not a great fan of horror and hearing the introduction made me a little concerned. I needn’t have been. There are surprises, and bits that are creepy, but nothing extreme.

Oh, and there are dolls.

Just saying because one of our team hates dolls. (Another team member collections national dolls so each to their own, I guess)

Locked in a schlock movie production office

As a team of experienced escape-gamers, we chose ‘Impossibly Difficult’. We were warned this was not an easy option and that less than 50% of people escape in time on their first attempt.

Challenge accepted.

Striding purposefully into the the cutting room, we were ready to begin our search and rescue mission. The set and props conjured up a down-at-heel movie production from 1979 with lots of retro technology.

We split up and started searching. A few nudges were needed to get us on the right track, but then we hit our stride and were working well as a team.

There are some nice touches and puzzles we hadn’t come across before.

Did we get out?

Yes we did. With a couple of minutes to spare.

And the last puzzle…….

……..will have to remain our little secret. I know the way we solved it gave the Games Master a jolly good laugh though……….

secret studio

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