How to have a fantastic escape room…. Part 1 – ExtremeEscape in Disley

My next few posts are going to be on the above topic. There’s so so many new locations and rooms out there now, and I get kind of worried that there’s going to be a lot of people doing it purely to make money and to take advantage of the current craze. With the Crystal Maze back on TV, there’s going to be an absolute ton of new people looking to play escape rooms, and to me, it’s really really important for the industry that they get a good room, so that the industry not only continues, but thrives. So I’m going to firstly focus on 2 rooms in particular, what they do so well, and why it works. Once I’ve done this, I’ll do the fun one, the what NOT to do!!

Extreme escape logo

Anyway, onwards to the review. We’d decided the 49th and 50th rooms we were playing in advance, so it was a case of getting others done, so we could hit the 2 we really wanted to. The 49th room was to be The Lost Tomb at Extreme Escape in Disley. We’d previously been to Extreme Escape to play the Pirate Ship, which on a personal note, slotted straight in to number 2 on my leaderboard. Jess and Graham who run the games, take a lot of time researching and planning out the rooms, and it showed well in the Pirate Ship. As The Lost Tomb was room number 2, we set off in high hopes and expectations to see how they’d follow up.

We arrived nice and early as usual, enjoyed a good 20 minutes in the sun, before heading in to say hello and to get ready. As with the Pirate Ship, the brief before the game was informative and enjoyable. It’s always a little different, as you get 90 minutes in Disley, and they have used that to enhance the experience.

lost tomb pic

One thing I will say now, is that the temptation would have been to just make the puzzles more difficult so the game lasts longer. Don’t get me wrong, the puzzles are tough, but they are all pretty logical, and nothing that stands out as nigh on impossible. They are also absolutely excellent at hiding clues and solutions in plain sight. Pretty much for every solved puzzle, there was an a-ha moment, and a reaction from the room, saying more than that will give it away. Each and every puzzle solved gives the player a real sense of achievement and development of the story and the game. There were certainly times, when in the room and afterwards, where I thought to myself “how the hell did they manage that?”. It just shows the depths of research and development that Jess and Graham put into their rooms. In addition, there were props in the room, that to this day, I have absolutely no idea how they have managed to get the said prop into the room. The combination of the decor and technology works perfectly!! There’s only one puzzle that’s a bit, shall we say infuriating, but it’s such a simple solution ( and I guess done on purpose), that it’s not an issue whatsoever ( and I bloody liked it as it fits so so well).

gold star

The end game plays out extremely satisfyingly, and we managed to escape with just over 20 minutes remaining. After a lot of debate, The Lost Tomb finally overtakes Escape Quests Curious Encounters as my number 1 room. The top 2 or 3 rooms are a fair bit ahead of others, and they are nigh on impossible to split into an order. However, would it retain that spot when we visit Escape Quest later that same day for the 13th Element?

Why is it so good? Quite simply, Jess and Graham had a concept for a room. The decor is basically perfect for that room. What they do so well is implement puzzles and solutions that fit absolutely perfectly into the room. There’s not many rooms where you get visible reactions to completing puzzles, and that’s what puts ExtremeEscape right at the top of my list. For that, and for the superb service, the wonderful talk through of the puzzles and the time that we have spent at Disley, the EscapeGameAddicts thank you both Jess and Graham. I think you can tell from the photos at the end how much fun we had!!

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