“The king is dead! In the late hours of last night your father, and the king of England, tragically died under suspicious circumstances. Suddenly a troupe of guards, commanded by your cousin, burst into your room while you sleep and take you to the dungeon to lock you up – as the rightful heir to the throne you suspect your cousin is planning on murdering you so he can claim the throne for himself”
Most sections of the game were very well done, we played this game not long after it opened so everything was in great condition, the dungeon was what you would expect, Medieval style chests, table and decorations. The floor had a carpet printed with stone tiles, which was the strangest thing to touch, as you were expecting real stone but instead of being cold and hard, it was warm and soft. The props were well made and looked authentic, making the room quite immersive in some parts, however one section of the game appeared to not really have any theming at all and I feel something more could have been done with this area.
So I was a little surprised when I received an email from a new escape room called ‘stuck in the riddle’ considering the similarities in our names, and just as surprised that I hadn’t come across it myself. According to the website, have 3 rooms planned which already have themes, but have opened with just one and the others will open at a later date. We are always happy when new rooms open up nearby, so got booked in as soon as we could.
We played this game as a 3, normally I prefer playing as a team of 2, but for this room i was glad we had the extra person with us. The start of the game relied on good teamwork and communication, we were all able to reach certain items, and had to share information to complete this part of the game. The game flowed quite well, there was a few easy puzzles, a few more difficult puzzles, and some which took us a long time to solve. Some of the puzzles in the game had multiple ways which they could have been attempted, and nothing to point out which was the correct way, so we spent far too long on these trying out all the different ways they could be solved until we found one that gave us an answer that worked in one of the locks. I don’t mind complicated puzzles, or puzzles that require you to try different things to solve it, but puzzles that have endless ways they could be solved and nothing to point to the correct way tend to waste a lot of time. Apart from a few of these puzzles, the room flowed pretty well, a good difficulty level for us, and a good mixture of logic, observation, math and practical puzzles, with a fair bit of code breaking. The puzzles mainly stuck with the theme, however a UV torch puzzle stood out a little bit, as everything else had been right on theme, it seemed a little unfitting to have UV torches in this Medieval dungeon. Overall the room was fun to play, a few of the puzzles could be improved a little over time to take away some of the guesswork, but this game didn’t really have that ‘first room’ feeling about it which you often get when playing the first built room of a new company. Experienced players should do fine with 2-3, however the game may be a little tricky for new players, while I feel that 7 players might be a little crowded, especially at the start of the game, i would take 4-6 as the extra brains may be very useful.
Host, briefing and clue system:
Tom (the owner) as our host, he was friendly and seemed to care about his rooms. Clues were delivered to a TV screen, and Tom ran our game really well. Clues were sent to a TV screen in our room, and Tom ran our game really well.
Did we escape?
Yes! In 57:46
2 people – £34 (£17 each)
‘3 people – £48 (£16 each)
4 people – £60 (£15 each)
5 people – £70 (£14 each)
6 people – £78 (£13 each)
7 people – £84 (£12 each)