Escape-Hull The Darker Side Of Hull

Game date: 08/06/2017

Where: Hull


You’re usually more than happy to take the night shift at Hull’s History Museum but after the disappearance of your colleague it’s certainly not where you want to be. Gather your team and delve deep into the museum to find out what happened to your colleague but be careful, you may discover more about Hull’s dark past than you wanted to”

The website advises Parental guidance due to this room featuring information on real murders that occurred in Hull (provided by local historian Mike Covell). Whilst being quite dark (which IS the theme of the room) it was quite interesting to actually learn a bit of Hull’s history whilst playing this room, and I can still remember some of the stories we learnt about in the room. It’s not every day you get a history lesson with your escape room!

This is the second museum themed room we have played, but unlike the hi-tech room The Heist we played at Enigma Doncaster, this was more of an old-fashioned museum. The room had a lot of padlocks and not much tech, but this made sense as it was a history museum after all. The room was well decorated, and was believable as a museum, the theme of it being quite nautical, and a lot of the exhibits and information focused on the fishing side of hull, with a huge old-fashioned anchor in there, several different types of model ships, boat tickets and tools. A few other aspects in focused on the timeline of events which happened in hull, dating back to the early 1200’s, listing key events in Hulls past, and the different kings and queens of the times. A lot of the ‘murder’ history was hidden to start with, and we uncovered more and more of this as we progressed in the game. The puzzles were all on theme, and a lot of the information and exhibits played a part in the actual puzzles, and were done in unique and interesting, but not instantly obvious ways.

The game:

This is our second visit to Escape-Hull, and we were booked in to play the remaining 4 games in a row. This game is for 2-5 players, we played with 2. I’m glad we played this room as a two, there was a lot to do, but I feel that with a larger number of people we would have got in each others way (this wont be the case for everyone, as there is plenty to do, and even as a team of 5 there would be something for everyone, but we like to do everything ourselves). Just having the two of us meant that the starting point of the game took us a bit longer, but it also made it more fun, a lot of teamwork was required here, and you really had to help each other out to progress in the game. We did really well in this room, we never hit any major road blocks, and flew through the room which flowed beautifully. We did get tripped up at one point down to our own stupidity, as we repeatedly kept getting two names mixed up, and spent ages trying to solve a puzzle using the wrong name, and both us and our host couldn’t understand why our code wasnt working, but eventually we clicked on and rectified our mistake (after giving ourselves a telling off for not enough paying attention) and we were back on track. There was a good variety of puzzles in this room, word, logic, practical, math, a lot of observation and quite a bit of searching. The puzzles were alot of fun, satisfying to solve, and each one gave us a little bit more information about the dark past of Hull. The way all the exhibits and actual facts in the museum had been incorporated into the puzzles was great, and we had alot of fun in this room.

This room shouldnt be too difficult for newbies, and I would recommend 4 or 5 players as there is a lot to do, experienced players should be fine with two.

Host, briefing and clue system:

The same as last time we were here, Mike was our game host, and again he ran our game very well, we didn’t need a huge amount of clues in this room, but when we did, they were delivered at the perfect time. Like the previous rooms, clues were delivered to the TV screen in the room, and again Mike was happy to chat with us after the game.

Did we escape?

Yes! In 50:43 

Darker side of hull


Booking and prices:

You can book online, and there is a phone number on the website so you may be able to book over the phone. I like the booking system they use, as it lets you add multiple rooms to the same booking,


Two players – £48 (£24pp)

Three players – £57 (£19pp)

Four players – £64 (£16pp)

Five players – £70 (£14pp)


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