Escape Reality – The Iron Kingdom

Game date: 06/06/2017

Where: Leeds

Theme: 

“Within the largest continent of the world, known as the Iron Kingdom, there exists seven noble families. In the heart of this Kingdom lies the Throne, the main source of conflict between everybody in the land. Whoever sits on the Throne rules the entire continent, a position desired by many, a position in which people will go to extreme lengths to hold. News has quickly spread over the land suggesting that the new King is not the rightful heir to the throne. The discovery has caused an eruption throughout the Seven Kingdoms and a battle for the throne has broken out. You must find out who is the rightful heir to the throne. Who are you going to support? Which house are you going to fight for?”

This room is definitely the best ‘medieval’ room I have played. The room had a lot more padlocks than the other two rooms we have played here, which we expected due to the theme, keypads and switches would have looked really out-of-place in this room. The room was quite large, nowhere near the size of down the rabbit hole, but more than big enough, and so much work and detail had been put into it. Everything was made of wood and metal, the room consisted of a lot of wooden chests, tables and chairs and thick wooden doors, they were all really high quality and so well made, the room was so immersive, the music was spot on and i could really believe we had gone back in time. I was amazed how sturdy and well made everything was, and how much attention to detail had gone into making this room so great.

All the props and puzzles were right on theme, the game had a lot of practical elements to it, where we had to physically do things, and they had managed to make every one of these relevant to the story.

 

The game:

We were only here 3 days ago, when we had first come to escape reality, I had unexpectedly finished work early, so we booked two rooms last-minute and headed on through. We loved them so much that we booked two more when we got home, for a few days later. So this is our second visit to Escape Reality in a few days.

The game is for 2-6 players, again we played with 2. This was a really good number for us in this room, and despite it being one of the harder ones here, we did really well in this room, and I loved every second of it, and im glad we had a small team so we both got to see everything in the room.

This game was everything I had been wanting, and I was actually a bit sad when it was over. The puzzles were difficult at times, but perfectly logical and solvable, and fit in perfectly with the theme, a great variety of code-breaking, word, observation, practical and logic puzzles, with just the right mix of padlocks and tech. We flew through this room, needing very little help. The room had some really unique puzzles, the starting puzzle was so clever, i have no idea how they did it, and it was so easy to do, but at the same time could be difficult to figure out, as its something you may not have seen done before, or even thought was possible to do.

There were a few puzzles in the room that were a bit awkward to do, such as one where we were required to push buttons in a certain order, we ended up asking for help, we had been sure we had it correct, and it turned out we did, but we needed to press the buttons harder than we had been, this wasted a bit of our time, as we had the correct order for a while, and we had been pressing them pretty hard to start with, in the end I had to practically lean on them to make it work. Another puzzle we had an issue with (this one was more down to us) was towards the end, we had solved the final puzzle, but not realised and changed the order of it, ended up asking for a clue again only to find out we had it right to start with, and had just not left it long enough, so we spent another 5 minutes moving things round for no reason.

The puzzles in the room were so much fun, and were really satisfying to solve, I loved every minute of it, and didn’t want the game to end. After playing the two high-tech rooms here a few days ago, it was really nice to play this more traditional room, but it still had just enough tech to add that bit of extra magic to the game, and done in such a way that wasnt out-of-place in theme. After solving the final puzzle, there was one last thing to do in order to open the door, it was so simple, but so clever, and it had actually been part of the back story and wrapped everything up nicely, we remembered the story and what we were here to do, so we got it instantly, but I can imagine it being quite difficult to figure out.

I would really recommend this room to anyone, for me it was definitely one of the best rooms ive played, newbies I would take 4-5 players, there are some puzzles in there that can be tricky, and experienced players should do just fine in a team of 2.

Host, briefing and clue system:

Like the other rooms we played here, you get an iPad with your timer on it, and you can also use it to scan QR codes next to the puzzles and get a hint, but doing this has a time penalty which is added on to your final escape time. It also shows you how many puzzles will be in the game. 3 games in and we still havent used the iPad, preferring to stick to the penalty free hint system of having our host come into the room.  If you havent read my previous reviews about Escape Reality, when you escape you have to use the iPad to scan an exit code, which then records your time, and I still think this is most stressful part of the game, and a very anxious couple of seconds while you try to line up the iPad, so make sure you have the iPad in your hands when you leave or you will find yourself running back for it!

I can’t remember our hosts name! I must have asked so many times so I didn’t forget, and still can’t remember, I think its time to start taking a notepad with me just for writing down names. Our host was great, he chatted to us for ages about the rooms, was so quick getting to the room when we needed a clue, and he was already waiting for us when we got out.

Did we escape?

Yes! In 53 minutes!

The iron kingdom.jpg

Booking and prices:

We booked online, you can book several different rooms or time slots at once, just make sure you click on the right location as they are all on the same website!

Price:

2 Players – £44 (£22.00 each)
3 Players – £60 (£20.00 each)
4 Players – £72 (£18.00 each)
5 Players – £85 (£17.00 each)
6 Players – £96 (£16.00 each)

Escape Reality have a 20% discount code on their website, use ESCAPEREALITY20 when booking, it may not be around for long though!

Website:

www.escapereality.com

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