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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 Prisoner-a London Escaped presentation..

received_294074697990598OK, if you thought that was a movie blog coming up, you have been mislead my friend.. It is actually an escape room experience from London Escaped.

London Escaped have recently opened two rooms and myself and a few bloggers from the Love Pop Ups London community were invited to come and escape The Prisoner.

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📷 From London Escaped

As usual, I don’t want to give too much of the atmospheric build up away, however, I can let you know that this escape room is located in the east London venue, just off the Commercial Road. It’s located in an underground parking allotment. Upon entry you’ll find the slopy entrance, be careful its very steep so mind your step!

So what does London Escaped say about their new room?

The Prisoner known as The Bloody Elbow. It is the time of the Holy Medieval Inquisition around the 14th century. You have all been accused of witchcraft and imprisoned awaiting your death by the hands of a executioner nicknamed “Bloody Elbow”. He is infamous for his love of using horrifying torture to obtain confession of your crimes, this often lead to a slow and agonising death if you were lucky, “Bloody Elbow” has left you for a rest between the bouts of torture, this is your chance, you have 60 minutes to escape your hideous dungeon and change your fate forever” 

The room can take up to eight players, however I would recommend a maximum of five as I felt that would give the players more to do when there are less people.I didn’t feel that there was much problem solving involved. More finding keys and the right object to aid your escape.

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📷 From London Escaped 

The first part of the game does require some team work and the game does mention sharp objects were involved. I totally vouch for it, I would however recommend no drinking beforehand as we don’t want any injuries OK!

So you have been accused of witchcraft and the aim of the game is to escape before the executioner returns to torture you to death.. With that in mind I would be the first to try and get out.. 

As the game is recently opened there are still some finishing touches that the owners are looking to finalise and while speaking to them you can really picture their vision and I would be interested on returning to see what changes they have made to the room.

As I am writing this review you will be happy to know that my team and I managed to escape in 48 mins I do admit the first 5 mins was just a lot of screaming.. I will let you figure that part out for yourself.

I would say that this is one very immersive room, so and I really enjoy the props the thoughts the owners have put into the design of the room. IMG_20180822_212045_131

This is a 3* from me for the difficulty of the room but definitely a 4* for the immerse design.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsor post, but reviews are all 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

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Enjoy the movies.. How about a singalong?

IMG_20180407_190718Ever wonder how you can make going to the movies so much more fun?

Introducing The Grand at Clapham.. A theatre turned cinema turned nightclub, turned karaoke bar.. I mean a night out like no other.. ..

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The Grand is a one stop shop where you can arrange a date night for two, or three depending on your preferences. To a box area for a hen or birthday party. Either way no one would leave this place not having enjoyed their night.

If you are coming for a movie, or a night out at the club, be prepared to have the best night out ever!! With fun competitions and drinks as prizes for best dress and a dancing competition.. The competitiveness will sure come out of anyone who dares enter!

For those coming for a movie night check out their website to see what’s showing and best practice all their songs do you can really get involved at the singalong part at the end of the movie.

I went with @lovepopupslondon to relive the classic of ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ the movie on the big screen which really gives of the in house cinema experience and the MC of the night really got the crowd going. IMG_20180407_192712

Did I tell you that they have £2.00 popcorn all night long?? Make sure you keep hold of your popcorn bag as you’ll need that for your top up.

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Also they have a photo booth area where if your didn’t come dressed up as your favourite character they you can definitely do so here..

Whatever you are looking for.. Check out the Grand in Clapham before you go anywhere else! IMG_20180414_1

Thanks again to Joanne from Love Pop Up London and The Grand for a great night out!

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Dare you enter the Cabin – an Escape London adventure

IMG_20180329_1One of the newest rooms from Escape London . The Cabin is there to challenge your investigation skills as we as your observational skills. We played this at their Shepherds Bush location and they also have other locations in Shadwell

A game requires a lot of team work as there are lots of puzzles for everyone one to get involved in. The game is not linear so you and your team can split up into little groups and all get involved.

There are definitely a lot of puzzles to be solved and everyone will be sure to be kept busy finding all your missing items in order to escape before the killer Hunter returns.

Can you make it out in 60 minutes with all the items you’ll need to find your way back home?

The room itself was only two days old and as a group of 7 experienced players we managed to solve all the puzzles and escape in just 28 minutes.. Definitely a record for me and the group. For those who are less experienced then look carefully or else you might miss the missing components.

A great game however one recommendation I would suggest would be to make the game more challenging is to not have the clues too coordinated.. As once you found the number the order was easily figure out.. However again as experienced players it might be easy for us to spot. Also maybe to keep the number of players to 4-5 as I felt that would make the game more harder to break.

I really enjoyed this game and would like to thank Love Pop Up London and Escape London for the  invite to test out their new room. received_10156218182711064

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Travel back in time with professor Inkwell 

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📷 @jenjenbxl

Looking for an escape room with more of a story and a murder mystery feel? Enjoyed playing cludeo? Well this one aims to satisfy both needs.

Based in an outside venue, this challenge you to observe and digest the vast amount of information placed in front of you to firstly find the missing pieces to help you fix the time machine that could take you and your fellow investigators back to the future. A failure to do so and your story could end up very differently from the story you started with.

This game is based on the number of players a maximum of 8 and each of you will be given a character to play.. Dress up if you are that inclined to really get into character.. Always a bit of role playing to get everyone in the mood.

Without giving too much of the game away, you have 60 minutes to find all the pieces and to get the time machine up and running again.. While a secondary challenge is to find out which one of you is the murderer and what do you have to hide? Each one of you could be it and how are you going to find our?

A really interactive game, though I would say the vast amount of reading you have to do for this is a little overwhelming and you may end up with only half of the team even knowing what was going on in the story. I suggest less paperwork to digest so that everyone can all participate in the murder hunt!

Overall, a really enjoyable game and great for the warmer weather where you can enjoy the great outdoors with a bit of interactive problems solving.

Thanks to Inkwell Investigation  and Love Pop Up London for the invite to the game.

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📷 @lovepopupslondon