Enigma? – Hostage

Game date: 19/03/2017

Where: Doncaster

Theme:

“You and your team have been captured and placed in confinement, you only have 60 minutes to escape before you are taken for interrogation!”

This room was quite dark, but done in a way that fit in really well with the theme (It also advises that its dark on the website) On first entering, the room appeared almost completely empty and lacking in furniture and clutter, (which you would expect in a hostage situation) but not in a bad way, and after some investigation, this turned out to be very much not the case.

The walls were brilliantly decorated and the small amount of furniture fit great within the theme. The lighting, soundtrack and decoration of the room (as well as a few other aspects I won’t ruin) totally made it feel as though you had been captured by someone and were really being held hostage.

The atmosphere was also a little creepy, and it really felt like someone would be back at any minute to take us for interrogation.

The game:

The game was for 2-6 players, and we played it with 3, which i felt was a good number for us in this room, this is just our personal preference though, and the room would be just as fun with more or less people.

The room was quite linear, apart from the very start, the puzzles had to be done in a set order in order to progress, which usually meant everyone working on the same puzzle at once, but they were done in a way that this was possible, and having to work together on the same thing made the room really fun. I loved how this room got us all working together, and all doing a separate role within each puzzle, teamwork is essential in this room!

There wasn’t a huge amount of searching for items and things to collect – with the way the room was laid out, there wasn’t much to search – but the things we did have to find were very cleverly hidden, and we were kicking ourselves for not finding them!  Most of what was needed was there in front of us, and it was more about finding a way to get to them and figuring out how to use them, i really liked the more practical side of this game.

The room flowed really well and each puzzle pointed you to the next one. All our team had something to do and there was never really a point where we were stood there wondering what we were supposed to be doing. The puzzles all fit really well with the theme of the room, and none were too difficult that we were stuck on the same one for too long, and one puzzle in particular (you will know it when you see it) shocked us, something we had never seen before and were still talking about it for a long time afterwards.

The room is a little physical and the website doesn’t recommend it for anyone with reduced mobility. It also advises that it is dark and may not be suitable for young children.

We found this room easier than Clueless Detective Agency, which it is statistically. We only got stuck once because somehow we couldn’t count.

Host, briefing and clue system:

Claire was our host, she was friendly and explained everything clearly to us, and her brief really got us excited for the game. She took us to the room and told us the back story, she really helped set the scene, and even made some of us jump a few times!

The same as when we played Clueless Detective Agency with Enigma rooms, the clue system consisted of a door bell on the back of the door, which we could press when we wanted to use one of our two lifelines, a clue/hint would then be displayed on the TV screen in the room, the system had been upgraded since our last visit though, and now made a ping noise when our game host sent us a message (instead of the music getting quieter and louder) which we found to be a lot easier, as when your absorbed in a puzzle you don’t always notice the music going off and on.

Did we escape?

Yes! In 40:00 using one lifeline (because we couldn’t count!)

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Booking and prices:

You can book online or over the phone. Booking is simple on the website – you choose your room, then choose your time slot from the ones available, the room lasts an hour, with a group photo at the end, and they ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes before your booking for the brief.

Price:

6 players- £72 (£12 per player)
5 players- £65 (£13 per player)
4 players- £60 (£15 per player)
3 players- £48 (£16 per player)
2 players- £40 (£20 per player)

Website:

www.enigmarooms.co.uk

 

 

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