As mentioned in the previous post, real life has severely impacted both the playing of escape rooms, as well as writing the reviews! The situation is easing slightly, we’ve been able to play a few rooms recently, and hopefully this is the first of a few reviews we’ll be able to post!
Anyway, onto the review! Way back in March, right in the middle of some birthdays, we managed to arrange an evening in Manchester where all 4 of us were available to play. We were also very fortunate that the Escape Room had 2 rooms available for us to play, Room 13 and Slaughterhouse.
As we arrived, we were greeted by the excellent reception team, and then taken to a nice private bar where we could take the opportunity to take in refreshments ( as usual we were really early), which gave us the time to relax and take on board some of the quickest times for the rooms, which are all up in the bar for all to see.
We had previously visited Escape Room before the official opening, to help test the Secret Lab. It’s fair to say we completely showed ourselves up, barely managing to solve 2 puzzles! We knew from this experience that there are fewer puzzles than in most rooms, but each puzzle is much tougher. If you get stuck, you’re in trouble!! With this in mind, we were ready for anything!!
On the way home from a vacation with your family, your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere with no reception to call for help. Seeking shelter from the dark of night, you decide to check yourself and your family in to one of the rural hotels nearby. The elderly caretaker of the run-down hotel informs you that there are no other hotels within walking distance. After checking into one of the rooms, you find a series of rather supernatural things occurring within the room and you have been locked in from the outside. Complete the puzzles within the haunted room to figure out a way to escape within sixty minutes or suffer the wrath of the spirits you have angered.
After playing the Secret Lab, we were well aware of the amazing qualities of the visuals, the audio and the overall atmosphere that you find in the Escape Room, and Room 13 did not disappoint! At certain points throughout the room, as you solve certain puzzles, the reactions to the solutions are awesome, one in particular WILL make people jump!
We absolutely flew through the start of the game, getting through the first area in just over 5 minutes ( subsequently finding out the average time for that section is nearer 25 minutes!), and continued at a rapid pace throughout. We got completely stuck once, so we used our “call for help” button, and once we’d received the different perspective, powered onwards. Due to the rapid speed we were going, one of the group used the bed in the room for a quick 5 minute chill! The clues and puzzles were all well suited to the specifics of the room, and all the puzzles meant something towards the actual story! We did escape comfortably in a rapid time, but being 5 months ago, we have no idea what the time was!
A short rest and chat with the team, and we were on to the Slaughter House. You wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer. Neither one of you know why you were abducted, but instructions have been left by the killer on a cassette tape to escape the room within sixty minutes or you will be trapped inside the room forever. You must follow various instructions if you wish to survive and win this deadly game. You are the chosen one who needs to overcome a series of demented traps to save yourself and the others or face the deadliest consequence. With only sixty minutes to spare, you must unravel the elaborate puzzle of the victim’s fate in the midst of mounting terror.
It’s fair to say that we definitely get into the spirit of things when we play these rooms, so we started off on the floor in sleeping positions! Slaughter House is an easier room to play than either of the 2 we had already played, but that didn’t make it easy! The massive strength of the Escape Room is the puzzles that are directly related to the rooms and the storyline. This room has one excellent puzzle, which is as innovative as we’ve seen so far. It’s also the one puzzle we did struggle with, but that was more for clarification purposes rather than being stuck! We were definitely warmed up from Room 13, and this allowed us to fly through Slaughter House!
The Escape Room Manchester, quite simply, is great fun. If you “get” the puzzles and the clues, you’ll fly through the rooms. If you don’t, you’ll probably end up quite frustrated! Having the bar means it’s an excellent place to go, especially for corporate events, which they already hold several of!
And if anyone can tell us how the hell Leese has managed to detach her head from her body, we’d like to know!!