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New UK escape rooms November 2023

The UK might just be the world leader in Christmas escape rooms – they’ve become a tradition here in a way that I’m not sure exists anywhere else. Here are some stats for you:

Co-Decode: Sub Terra

Swindon, Jul 2023

Rated 4.5 out of 5
We may have been the very last team to play Sub Terra in its original location; Co-Decode will be relocating to a more central spot in Swindon, and it’s not yet certain whether Sub Terra will be rebuilt there in quite the same form, or at all. But if… (more)

Cryptic Escape: Magic School

Norwich, Jul 2023

Rated between 3 and 3.5 out of 5
Cryptic’s Rose Lane branch is on the third floor of a car park, which is a curious location and one that seems like it shouldn’t exist; finding an escape room venue instead of more cars seemed a little like finding a hidden platform at Kings Cross.

Mad Machines: Birth Machine

Milan, May 2023

Rated 5 out of 5
It’s always an encouraging sign when a venue creates games based on something a bit more unusual, instead of doing a prison break, lab or spaceship; and Mad Machines have build a game around a premise that I’ve not seen anywhere else in the world. ‘E… (more)

Mad Machines: Time Machine

Milan, May 2023

Rated 5 out of 5
Mad Machines’ second game was the one we played first, and the venue impressed as soon as we entered – it’s a small thing, but still a great sign when the entrance to an escape room venue already puts you in an upbeat good mood with music and visuals… (more)