August can be stressful as you await your exam results
- Did you do enough revision?
- How lenient will they be with the marking?
- Did you read the question correctly or skim it and make some stupid mistake?
Maybe you should have just stolen the exam paper!
Well, no, in real life you shouldn’t. But for an escape room adventure that’s just what we were asked to do.
An Eccentric Professor’s Final Exams
On a trip to Madrid we tried out the escape room “Exit Madrid”. Luckily the game was available in English as well as Spanish.
We played The Lab, a medium to high level game that was created in 2010. Our mission was to steal an exam paper from our lecturers office because we’d been partying rather than revising. Would we find the paper and discover what´s on Prof. Calm´s next exam?
As with other escape rooms, this one starts by locking you in a room, where you can only escape if you complete the mission. We were given 66 minutes to complete it and were warned that 45% of the teams don’t succeed in escaping the room at EXIT Game Madrid.
Pleased to say that, with a few hints from the Games Master, we completed the mission with nearly 3 minutes to spare.
One of our friends invited us to take part in Handmade Mysteries latest escape room.
We were told to meet at The Depot and await instructions. At the appointed moment, Wynne, our wooden, toy soldier guide arrived to take us to Poppa Plock’s wonky workshop.
First impressions on entering the toy factory was that it was very creepy. Twisted toys and demented dolls littered the room and there was a freaky ventriloquist dummy giving instructions.
Our team were under pressure in a race against the clock to complete Plock’s finest creation.
Did we succeed in building “Roy”? Did we discover why the toy maker mysteriously disappeared? Did we share some bizarre moments? (Those who have played the game know what I’m talking about!)
Well, I’m pleased to say we completed the build within time. However, the photographic evidence suggested we may have overrun slightly.
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……
It appears you have committed a heinous crime and your punishment is life imprisonment without parole. Consequently, you have been transferred to Standfast Jail, Margate.
With no chance of parole, your only hope for freedom is escape…….and it just so happens that 30 years ago, another prisoner also attempted to escape. Terrance Swift was held in the prison for five years and, during that time,created an elaborate escape plan which he executed in 1986. Unfortunately he was caught red handed attempting to steal the Warden’s keys. Will you be any luckier?
Unlike some other games, the Games Masters are in costume. As the story revolves around an escape from jail, all the Games Masters are in prison guard uniforms. Players, being the prisoners, are required to wear stylish orange jump suits.
The prison guards brief you on the cell you are about to enter and who used to occupy it. As luck would have it, you have been allocated Terrance Swift’s cell and he has left a trail of intricate clues and codes to help lead you to freedom.
Once you are locked in you have 45 minutes to escape from Standfast Prison. To do this you must crack codes, find keys, unscramble words and complete puzzle tasks.
For further information including how to book visit www.cluecracker.co.uk