Adventure Rooms began in Bern, Switzerland, in March 2012. Now a franchise of Adventure Rooms Escape Games offers venues in over 30 locations all around the world. The UK Adventure Rooms can be found in Cardiff, where they currently have two games – The Mad Scientist and The Black Queen.
The Black Queen – Cardiff
Team “Invitation To Events” tried out the Cardiff Adventure Rooms and played The Black Queen, the harder of the two games.
“I’ll take two of you into the room first and come back for the other one” said our Games Master during the briefing. This led us to believe we’d be separated and have to solve puzzles to link up. So we split up along the lines of “someone has to take me” and left our team mate behind. We need not have worried as the split was only so that the Games Master could handcuff us to the wall, then handcuff our team mate in another part of the room.
Wait a minute. Did I say, not to worry? Here we were, all chained to the wall!
The start is in keeping with the premise of the game. The story goes that you are trapped in the mansion of a mysterious figure, the “Black Queen”. So your first task is to get out of the handcuffs and start finding out about the Black Queen and how to defeat her.
You have to make your way through her lair and escape before she finds you. It’s not a horror room, although there was a point where we turned the corner and had a slight shock. Think it was more to do with us being immersed in the experience.
The Black Queen is well decorated and has an Alice in Wonderland feel to it although its in monochrome.
We played valiantly and were working on the final puzzle when the time ran out.
A great time and we very nearly escaped.
The Black Queen can be found at Adventure Rooms, Cardiff
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On Saturday 6th August 2016 Escape Reality opened in Cardiff.
This escape game experience offers 6 different themed rooms. Teams of 2-6 players have 60 minutes to escape by working together to solve various puzzles. How hard are the challenges? Well the venue rates the games difficulty between 3★ and 5★.
- Jungala Difficulty: ★ ★ ★
- Enigmista Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ★
- The Heist Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ★
- Misery Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ★
- Fibonacci Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
- Alcatraz Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
All escape rooms have their own unique touches. One thing Escape Reality has that we had not used in other escape rooms was an ipad to give clues and hints. Did it work? Well, not really. We found that when we used it to give us a clue, it told us something we had already solved but didn’t give a clue to finding the next puzzle. This may be to do with the numbering system.
A big plus point is that the venue has a large waiting area. This is great if you are booking more than one room or are meeting your group at the venue. Much better than hanging around on a street corner as one venue made us do (but that’s another story!) The waiting area can be used before and after your game…..just don’t spoil things for players waiting to go into a game when you discuss how you got out!
“The dice have been rolled”
We played the Jungala game in September.
The plot revolves around you and your team finding an old board game in the attic. You’ve just rolled the dice and been engulfed by a vortex. You find yourselves transported into an alternative realm. Scary.
Returning to reality you try to leave the room and discover …..da,da,da……the door has been locked….
Yes, You are Trapped In A Room and need to find a way to Escape.
All you can do is complete the game “or be trapped inside the other realm for eternity.” You have sixty minutes to complete the game and the clock is ticking……