Escape Reality – Jungala

Game date: 06/06/2017

Where: Leeds

Theme: 

“You have discovered an old board game in your attic and once opened you are engulfed by a vortex and transported into an alternative realm. After only seeing a glimpse of the terrible world inside you are thrown back into reality. Vowing never to approach the game again you attempt to leave but the door has been locked trapping you in. You have no choice but to complete the game or be trapped inside the other realm for eternity. You only have sixty minutes to complete the game or be trapped inside the other realm for eternity!”

The decoration in the living room section of this room was great, a room that could have been taken straight out of the 90’s, with flowery sofas and ornaments, and old-fashioned wall paper, and we felt like we were actually there in the living room playing the board game. The jungle section of this room wasnt as impressive, and I think a lot more could have been done with this section, the walls were painted completely black, with a few cobwebs on them. There was little in the way of decoration, a table, a few props and rocks scattered about. This section lacked that great sense of immersion that the living room part of the game created, and I feel they could have added something in here, although the puzzles were mostly well thought out and fit well with the theme.

 

The game:

Our second game of the day at Escape Reality, and now our second visit, the game is for 2-6 players, and again we played with 2.  Jungala is rated as the easiest game, the only one with 3 out of 5 stars, but we were warned that people actually found it more difficult than some of the ‘harder’ rooms, and the escape rate wasnt very high. We did end up needed in few clues in this room, some of them we probably could have managed without, as we had just not checked our working out, or overlooked a small detail.

The starting puzzle was immediately obvious, and we did that one pretty quickly, but after that we came across two puzzles where we knew what we had to do, but couldn’t figure out where to get some of the information from. It turned out we needed to use the same thing for both puzzles, but in a different way, and it was something that we didn’t even think to check as it seemed too simple! The puzzles in this room involved a lot of logic, some maths, practical and a small amount of code breaking and observation. There was a little bit of searching to be done, and most of the puzzles were really fun to solve, we got some of them straight away, but some of them had multiple ways in which they could have been done, and led to us over thinking a lot of the puzzles in this room. There was one puzzle in particular that was so simple we never would have got it on our own, and we spent a while trying to solve it in different ways. A puzzle towards the end also tripped us up, most of the puzzles in the room made sense, but this one wasnt very logical, and we had actually really enjoyed solving the first part of this puzzle, but the second part didnt make much sense to us and it was difficult to see how you would have got to this conclusion without a clue, as there was another was another way of doing it that seemed the far more obvious solution. This room actually took us longer and we needed more clues than the more difficult  Iron Kingdom room that we played before hand. Despite a small number of the puzzles being far too ambiguous, the majority were rewarding to solve, they had a good variety, and we enjoyed the slight practical element the game had.

The room was fun and is worth playing, but experienced players will need to be careful, as you are at risk of over thinking everything. For new players I would recommend 4 or 5 players, even though it’s the easiest room here, it is a little tricky in parts! For experienced players 2 or 3 should be enough.

 

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. 4 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 pervious 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!

Since writing my last review, I have checked who our game host was, and we had Callum for both this room and the Iron Kingdom. Again, he was great, really friendly and helpful, made us feel welcome, and was always straight into the room when we needed a hint, he was waiting for us outside when we escaped, and chatted to us for ages about the rooms after our game.

Did we escape?

Yes! In 54 minutes!

Jungala

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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