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Ready to face Dracula?- London Escaped newest vampire room

As a fan of escape rooms I can say that I had my fair share of escape rooms, and when I heard that London Escaped has some new rooms, I wasn’t going to say no to an invitation to try it out.

I visited with some of the community members from LovePopUpsLondon, thanks Jo for the invite.

On arrival we was told that this was one of their hardest rooms , which immediately got us all excited. I mean come on challenge accepted!

I must say that the room compared to what the pictures on the website is a little different from what’s advertised, for me it look a little unfinished. However I can see how they have put a lot of thought into the asthetic of the room to match the theme.

I felt that the room has a lot of interesting puzzles to solve but I personally felt that if you need a crib sheet to guide you along, then maybe the clues doesn’t flow as it should do?

I have to admit that there was times when me and the group felt a little lost and we had to ask for some clues as some of the task as a little impractical if I may say so myself.

We had a few team players who has never played an escape room before and they too felt a little lost.

I mean we nearly didn’t make it out of the room as we were expecting doors to automatically open as the clue seems to suggest it.. however, we did it in the nick of time.

I think the room isn’t hard as such if the room flows a little better. I wouldn’t suggest this to someone who has never tried an escape room before as it might make you feel a little disheartening.

Still a decent room from London Escaped and I know they have also added a few more rooms so I am sure there sure will be one which suits you!.

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Will you start the fans please- The Crystal Maze Experience [INVITE]

Growing up in the 90’s one of my favourite TV game show has got to be The Crystal Maze, watching people scramble inside the crystal dome trying to stuff as many gold tickets into the letter box as possible. I remember watching the show, while shouting at the TV telling the contestants how they can solve their puzzles….now fast forward to 2019, yes it’s been that long .. I was invited to a press night for the new The Crystal Maze Experience’s new Piccadilly location on Shaftesbury Avenue, following a very successful launch in Manchester back in April 2017, along with a group of other bloggers from Love Pop Ups London

So, it was our turn to see if all those years of shouting at the TV can help us conquer The Crystal Maze, trying out their skills, mental, physical and mystery games within their four different zones; Aztec, Medieval, Futuristic and Industrial zone, guided of course by an eccentric zone master, quick hello to Aggy here!

Each team should have around 8 players, however don’t worry if you don’t have enough players they will match you with other smaller groups so that you that you can get that full team work spirit cause trust me you will need it!

Each team will get to play four games within each zone of the maze, so sixteen chances to win a crystal, and you know what a crystal meant? Yes, each crystal equates to 5 seconds inside the crystal dome!

📷 https://the-crystal-maze.com

The website recommends that this is not suitable for children under 13. With tickets charged per person starting from £49.99 each so while it’s not the cheapest experience you could find, I will not hesitate to bring friends back here…Book here

We started our game by following our maze master Aggy running to that memorable theme tune, our first stop was in the medieval zone, here our team played four games; Bakers dozen; Maid Marion Men; Ogres Lair; Spikes of death, in this zone we unfortunately didn’t win any crystal but we also had a lock in (yes, remember them, you are locked in if you do not leave your room in time or it was an automatic lock in when you do something that obviously you’re not mean to!) So we were down one crystal when we moved to our next zone. I was first up with a skill game, Bakers Dozen, however, I realised that a mathematical challenge was never going to be my strongest strength, so let’s pass on that. .

Next up was the Aztec zone, the entry to his zone as via a huge slide, and enough sand if you are missing avisit the each. There was definitely no expenses spared in re-creating this zone. Here we played the following: Sun God, Tripod; Prophecy and Rolling Log. We were more successful here and won 2 crystal, yay!

Next up the Industrial zone, again I tried another skill game; Pipe Dream, again not very successful…I have learnt that skill games are not my strongest skill (sorry) however my team mates where more successful here with Worldwide Strategy; Traffic Light and Power Saver all of which they came out with a crystal each!!

Our final zone was the Futuristic zone, this time we played a more tactical game, putting our strongest players up to ensure the most crystal win we can get… unfortunately it didn’t pay off as we only came away with two more crystal here…from Emojoy; Rock It; Alien Operations and Hive Mind.

📷 https://the-crystal-maze.com

So one question, have you been keeping up with the number of crystal we have won??? Drumroll please!!! Yep 7 (remember we lost one as we brought one of our teammates out!) So, what does that mean? Yes, 35 seconds inside the crystal dome to grab as many gold tokens we can get our hands on….

Here comes my favourite part, yes, when Aggy shouts ‘Will you start the fan please’ 35 seconds later and we successfully grabbed 103 gold tokens, winning!!

Thank you again for the game The Crystal Maze live experience and Love Pop Ups London The for an amazing team, our captain Haydy, vice captain Katie, and Emilie, Chelsea and Sam for a great game!

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Cluequest- cQ ORIGENES- challenge accepted. [Gifted]

It’s been a while since I last visited Cluequest to find out what is new with Mr Q and Professor Black sheep, following the last game of Revenge of the Sheep, I was intrigued by what the people at Cluequest have planned for us, and I was surely not disappointed.

I and a few agents from @LovePopUpsLondon went down to see if we have what it takes to take on whatever nasty plan Professor Black Sheep has waiting for us for this new game cQ ORIGENES.

As we arrived we was briefed by Mr Q special agents, Professor Black Sheep is back and he has released a new virus in to the computer systems which could wipe out all of our existence, omg I hear you say..

The story goes back to the beginning when Mr Q and Professor Black Sheep were both human, what turned them into the animals they represent today?

Our mission if we choose to accept was to return to the lab where the SD card containing the virus lies and destroy it before it destroys all of our livelihood today!

However before we can start, as humans how do we get into the lab designed to fit a sheep and a mouse? Enter the Shrink-O-Mat.

This game was both challenging and rewarding at the same time, as usual you have 60 minutes to find solve all the puzzles and get out before the time is up!

As per all my escape room reviews, I won’t spoil the fun for you, but I can assure you that you will enjoy yourselves and the props for the game has been carefully planned out and with a group for 6 the games was not linear based but all very logical so everyone could be participating in different puzzles.

Unfortunately for us we weren’t able to make it out before the 60 minutes was up and needed an additional 1:44 seconds to complete our mission. However, I’ve been told current success rate is only 15% so I guess the extra minutes we had wasn’t too bad..

Definitely for me 4* in my rating for escape room, great puzzles, great props and plenty to keep the team entertained.

Thanks again to the team at Cluequest for a great evening out!

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The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar-BuckBuck Games

So it’s the new year and your team at work has lost their drive and you need something to spark that drive within…now as you scratch your head and think how am I going to do this? Let me help you!

Introducing BuckBuck Games an interactive scavenger hunt. The aim of the game is to find as many gold as you can to exchange it for the caterpillar hunting stick, so you can find the missing smoking caterpillar…well or so we thought?

When you arrive you are escorted to the Hunt room by the white rabbit don’t worry if you don’t know where you are going she will come and find you.

Next you’ll meet the Baron who will guide you through the hunt and give you some of basic rules..which basically is engaged and find…

the Alchemist who will provide you with the first drink…

The drink is an orange flavor alcohol concoction…not one for me…

The hunt involves solving puzzles left out by the various characters, the aim of the game is that they will have clues for you to solve and task for you to so in exchange for gold nuggets..

The game itself is very interactive, however as there were lots of smaller groups of players..I am not sure that it’s the right combination? For example, I felt that there were some groups who were really engaged with the activities and there was some groups who were like on their own hunt?

I would say, we did find Russ the smoking caterpillar so we all won!

I think this would be a great game where you have a big group of people who know each other to make it a competitive as well as a team build exercise.

All in all, I had fun engaging with the actors. Also I felt that the constant refuelling of the task once completed does allow other players to try the same game once you have completed it.

Not sure it’s something I would do again as while it was fun, I did find some of the task confusing and wasn’t too sure what I was doing at all times? Personal choice but great for a team build activity.

Thanks to Love Pop Ups London for the invite.

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DA VINCI – an escape room experience 

Photo credit Escape Games London 

Now, I don’t call myself an expert.. Seeing I have only done what? 5 escape room so far.. And this one from Escape Land is very different to the rest..they have two rooms at their venue, we played the Da VINCI game. 
The games are suitable for teams of 3-6 players. I think any lower than two would make the game difficult to play. 

The clues can vary in difficulties and I have found out that mathematical clues are ones I should stay well clear off! 

Photo credit Escape Games London 

For this game a lot of team work is required and talking and working together is key! A lot of the clue requires interaction and great communication skills to get you through.. There will be no quiet moments here! 

Photo credit Escape Games London

There are  no shortages of clues to keep the group entertained and you are given a walkie talkie to communicate with your games master.. We did extremely well in only requiring two clues from our gamesmater so we are very proud and we made it out just in time.. Phew!!! 

This is one game I would totally recommend to newbie playing for the first time and experienced players as there will always be games and clues you have never tackled before.. 

Photo credit.. @bambibluedo

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London for an amazing night of clue solving  and team building… If you are looking for a team build exercise for work.. An escape room is one to challenge the mind and team.. Bring it on! 

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Mister Q-Cluequest

IMG_20170531_183919IMG_20170531_185335So, I think I found an escape room with the most padlocks ever! Cluequest in London

I love the fact that the first part of the brief included how to open the said locks. As from a personal experience I have been that person who tried the right combination but just can’t get that lock open.. So I totally appreciate the quick lesson.

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Before heading to the room you are briefed to what the story is all about, listen carefully as everything is and could be a clue… Mister Q needs your help and there are two roles which needs to be allocated before you start! Just to say the game we played was Plan52

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Heading into the room, I wasn’t sure that, this was it, as it’s quite small, but filled with lots of clues to get you started . my one recommendation is that you need to write everything down.  I love the fact that there are so many different objects that each of your team members could get involved in. As I’ve been to a game that was so linear based that you cannot move on until you have solved one.. Which mean that there will be time when some of the players have nothing to do.

Not ClueQuest, there’s always something for everyone to participate in. As in all escape rooms, the less I tell you about the room, the more fun you will have.

Another tip is to be vigilant and work together.. Remember in all escape rooms everything matters!

Our team managed to escape with 7 minutes 53 seconds to spare. Our games master praised us we didn’t needed any clues from them.. I’ve never completed an escape room without any clues.. Team, we did good! (p. s you get a free picture magnet if you didn’t need clues.. Well that’s what he said.. So I’m sticking with it!)

Thanks, to ClueQuest for the amazing game and also love pop up London for inviting me to challenge and improve team work..also thanks to Jo for the champagne prize, of course we shared our prize.. That’s what we call teamwork!

It’s a great game for both beginners (you don’t need any prior experience) and advanced players..

I recommended this game to work as a great team build activity.. So let’s see if take me up on it, if so, as Arnie, once said.. ‘I’ll be back’ lol

 

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Turkish dining in Soho

So when my friend told me about this Turkish restaurant in Soho, i was a little confused I mean I am used to the traditional China town, where everywhere you turn there is a Chinese restaurant waiting to take all your money away with hanging duck, pork and chicken in the window to entice you inside.

I mean you have the random Indian and pizza joint. Though looking around me these days, there are a feast of foodie places that will service even the trickiest of eater.

Well lets get back to this Turkish restaurant-Babaji Side Salonu on Shaftesbury Avenue, when we approached and notice the queue outside we know that there is a reason why there’s people queuing. We had to wait around 15 minutes which wasn’t too bad on a Saturday night without booking..

The restaurant was extremely busy and servers are rushed off their feet, we had to wait about another 10 minutes before we even got our drinks order put so when they came back we quickly ordered as being told the kitchen was very busy was enough for haste decisions so that we can eat asap as we were famish!

We started with fried calamari, then spinach with feta filo pastry, then I had the chicken shish served with bread and my companion had the lamb.

I must say that this isn’t the same as the ones I get back in North London – Green lanes, where great food with decent quantity with free flowing salad and bread, would definitely keep my heart.. Some even offer a free Turkish tea and dessert, but if I am ever craving the grilled Turkish meal in Soho, I would definitely be back!