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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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CopyCat from CoLab Factory- Splutter Theatre

Are you ready to put your investigatory hat on? Did you know the there is a copycat killer on the loose?

The CoLab Theatre from Splutter Theatre have a case for you…

You will meet Anthony Larson, he has been investigating a string of killings following the kidnap and murder of his sister. The killer at large is known as the CopyCat Killer as the method he has used are similar to ones before him.

Anthony has decided to take this case on his own hands and he has enlisted the help of you to help him solve and find out who this serial killer is?

This is an uniquely terrifying immersive experience, one not for the faint hearted as there are images of torture and sick games being played out before you. The experience puts you in the middle of your worst horror movie as you solve the riddles and find the killer.

This experience is part horror show and part escape room, which for those who’s stomach turns easily, may I suggest you give this a miss? Not scaring you but be warned!

As usual, I can’t give away too much of the escape room elements as this is for you and your team to find out.

I experienced this with a bunch of experienced escape room players from Love Pop Ups London and horror enthusiast and we all well spooked from this experience.

The build up to the room was extremely well done, you really felt like you was part of it the whole journey.

Each of the rooms we went into was done in a way that I would never like to be stuck in, on my own.

Here are some quotes from their website:

“Fundamental fear at it’s finest”- Design My Night for previous show “The Harrowing”

“[Splutter Theathre] certainly promised scares…and they weren’t wrong!” ScaretourUK for previous shows “The Harrowing”

Artistic Director Benedict Hudson wanted to create a completely contemporary horror that places the audience inside their favourite film, he draws inspiration from movies such as; Saw; Se7en and Hounds of Love.. The experience is to ensure that everyone that comes along, gets to play a leading role in the own true crime tale.

The only suggestion I would make to the whole experience would be that the experience ended very abruptly with no one telling us how we did and how long it took for us to get out? I mean as an experienced player this is an important factor for most of us (a little sense of achievement of escaping and knowing we did it in the time allocated or less).

All in all, I think this was a amazingly well presented immersive experience and I would totally recommend it to those who a little bit of immersive role play in their escape room experience.

p.s totally not one for a first date if anyone is thinking this!

A good 4* stars review from me.. if you do go please let me know!

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The dreamwork work challenge, The DA Vinci rooms

received_1519738684838520As part of my visit to the London Escaped rooms, in East London. I was also invited to try out their new DA Vinci Room. This a wholly team work based challenge.

This escape room is split into two rooms and each room holds their own task. The room includes task where you will need to think quickly in your feet and some will require working in your little teams and some require you to work with those in the other room.

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As potential students of the teacher Leonardo DaVinci, he has set out many challenges to test his potential students. So do you think you have the skills to tackle the task he has set aside for you?

I really enjoyed the task within these rooms, it really makes you think about what your next steps could be. As well as ensuring both teams work together to ensure your freedom. received_2210944435858952

The only comments I would make is that even though the room could fit around 12 people however I think its best with no more than six as whole the rooms are large in size, the task within does not sufficiently ensure everyone is busy at all times.

I would give this room a 4* as I really enjoyed the concept and think as one newcomer, London Escaped has really put itself on the map!

Thanks again to Love Pop Ups London for inviting me along to experience these new rooms to keep my love for escape room alive.

NB* all photos are provided by London Escaped.

 

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Saint Angelo’s Castle -Komnata is waiting..

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As an Escape Room fan, I am always up to trying out different rooms which can challenge the mind and senses.

I was invited to attend Komnata Quest to try out one of their new room Saint Angelo’s Castle .

Komnata is located on the side road of Dury Lane in the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, but here, you will be surprised where each corner takes you.

I must admit, I had not heard much about this room before agreeing to venture into it with a few of my escape room fans from Love Pop Ups London crew.

Also, I hasten to add, we had just come from another event so I would say we were at the time of arrival a little worse for wear. Apparently that could add to the thrill of it said our games master. Well lets see?

Upon arrival at the venue, you are asked to sign in to confirm (firstly, you are over 18 and that you understand their instructions etc…) next you are given a long cloak to wear… I must say the day we visited was probably the hotest day of the year and this extra layer was not helping me. When we were all cloaked up, our gamesmaster asked for one of our bravest escapee to volunteer to the front of the group…OMG.. what is happening.. is ringing through my mind..FB_IMG_1532596107527

We lined up one after the other and was requested to keep our eyes closed and hoods over our eyes as we were led through the rooms to our start. When we reached our destination, we were still not allowed to open our eyes but kept them closed as we were each led into our starting position. The slamming of the gates five times definitely made me jump but this is all in the thrill of the experience.

Mindful that the room is horror related, so those who arent ready to stomach it, it is best avoided!

The decor and the challenges was very well designed and I would totally recommend this to any horror lovers as this room really ticks all those boxes you expect and more. There are no jumpy objects so dont worry!

We spent a lot of time in the first room and one tip I would re-iterate is do not use excessive force! As some do in the panic mindset (apologies but we did use a little too much.. but no props or persons were injured during this. Promise!)

We escaped with just under 2 minutes to spare. This was an amazing room and we all agreed that it both challenge and was visually pleasing. If you love a little horror and escape room, this is the best I have seen so far 5 ***** from me for sure!

Thanks again for the invite Komnata Quest and Love Pop Ups London, please note while this was a gifted experience, all reviews are my own and I loved it!FB_IMG_1532596115865

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The Lost Passenger- will you be next?

IMG_20180717_184348I was invited back to Mission Breakout   second room after my visit over a year ago to trial their latest room of The Lost Passenger.

The story of the room is loosely based on a true story of a passenger who got off the train at South Kentish Town station back in 1924. Just after 1924 when this station closed, a train suddenly stopped at South Kentish Town  by mistake and a male passenger by the name of Mr Bracket got off and then the train departed, it is not known whether Mr Bracket escaped or has he been stucked there since 1924?

The room and game design did not disappoint, we was told that the design were from designers orginating from Russia, and every part of this new room really challenges the mind and phsyical abilities (Dont worry, there isn’t any heavy lifting involved).

As for most of my escape room reviews, I wont be able to give too much of the game away, however, be prepared to be ducking and crawling to your next destination so put away your glad rags and be prepared to get mucked in.

Team work is key and communication with your group is a must, there are lots of clues you will need to work together in order to solve the riddle and move on. The game is very linea and you must solve one clue before moving on to the next.

Our group escaped with just under 2 minutes to spare, and logical thinking and team work made sure we escape in the nick of time.

Due to the location of the rooms especially the last one,  and the summer heatwave London was having at the moment, it did get quite warm in the room, also as there was 6 of us in the rooms it got very uncomfortable at times. But hey let’s not complain too much about the weather here!

I would however recommend that due to some of the games where only one or two players can work on them at a time, the room should really hold a maxium of 4 players to give each players an opportunity to solve some of the puzzles/ clues.

Regardless, I really enjoy the game and totally recommend friends to come and challenge their wit and escape.

A good 4**** for me on this one!

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London for inviting me and some of the other Love Pop London crew to play. Please note while this experience is sponsored, all reviews are my own.

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Taken.. Can you save Bob?

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A hostage theme room provided by Escape London at their Shadwell branch. Do you want to feel like Liam Nielson in trying to save you hostage Bob? Well lets see how good you are in solving the many clues and puzzles designed for you within this room.

Again as usual in all escape room, you and your team (max of 6 people) are locked in a room and the brief you have been provided is that your friend Bob has been “Taken” you have 60 minutes to find him and rescue him before the mysterious serial killer returns and takes you also. Now can you get out in time with Bob? Bob has been leaving you clues to his whereabouts, the clues leads you into an office in an engineering facility, is this just a normal office?

This is another great room from Escape London, they recommend that 2-6 players can play this room, we had 6 experienced players, Bianca,  Livi, Gemma, Laura, Jo and I feel that maybe 4-5 as a maximum is more preferred. Why? well you know how they say too many cooks spoils the broth? Well I personally feel when there are more people clues can be lost an example was one of us found a key (the other players tried some of the locks- however it never opened anything- but because there was so many of us, we got confused as to whether or not that key has already been used?) this cost us about 5 minutes at the end of the game. Thats just my thoughts, however we were all quite experienced players and maybe new players might not feel the same.

I really enjoyed all the clues and task involved and I felt the theme of the room really puts the player in the frame of mind. We managed to escape in 35 minutes again just a little shy off the leaders board.. Next time we shall conquer!

Now I really want to play the final game at the Shadwell location, Withcraft and Wizardry, I feel like they are one of the many companies that does an escape room really well!

An excellent team building event or a great experience with some friends, dont hesitate, if you have never experienced an escape room, trust me it can get very addictive!

This is another 4*out of 5 for me, so I totally recommend it!

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London and Escape London for the experience, while the experience was provided complimentary, all the reviews are my own.

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A 1940 Escape Plan? I’m on it!

IMG_20180430_1So you may by now experienced one or two at least escape rooms as these within the last few years has been popping all over the town. So how does one stand out from another? This is the question I keep asking myself and I guess I will only find out by testing as many of them as I can. Gladly of course.

Myself and a couple of friends Bianca and Jamie (a few pulled out last minute) tried out Escape Plan’s room. The room is based in the barracks of a P.O.W camp and you and your comrades (lets get into character here) have 60 minutes to escape! The story starts when you enter the room and you find out that only one person has ever escape, Bob Hails and to help you, he has written a journal which you find.

Once inside the room, you are faced with riddles, locks and puzzles which you have to solve. The one thing I like about this room is that each clue is linked to a particular lock, so this means that there can be lots of people to solve different parts of the clues within the room. As a three person group we felt there was more than enough things to keep us challenged. The game master is always watching as he tells you before you enter and will always help you out if he feels that you are struggling.

I also love that every prop they have inside the room are real artefacts from the 1940 so please handle with care… apparently someone has dropped a real grenade once and I don’t know why anyone would think of dropping that!

The one thing which I think is very important to mention is that this room is very accessible to those with mobility issues, theres a lift to the room as well as enough space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre so definitely a plus in my books.

I think as a group of three we was all challenged to partake in every part of the game and we escaped with just over 14 minutes to spare, I think the different level of experienced we had really helped and working together is very important. I think no more that 4 people would be a reasonable number to play this room without over filing with players.received_10156453638112664

I visited this room with LovePopUp London and while the experience was kindly gifted to us by Escape Plan all my reviews are my own and I would definitely rate this room a 4* out of 5.

I really enjoyed the different clues and also the final puzzle was definitely one to experience!received_10156453637442664