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Break Escape: Christmas Cheer

Loughborough, Nov 2019

Rated 4 out of 5
Of the sixty or so Christmas pop up games available this year, Break Escape’s is the only one I managed to try; but it set a high bar. Pop up seasonal games are typically simpler affairs than longer lived escape rooms, since it doesn’t make sense to … (more)

Escape Plan: Roll Out The Barrel

London, Nov 2019

Rated 4.5 out of 5
There are any number of games set in WW2, but I’d hazard none others that share the premise of Roll Out The Barrel: set immediately after the end of the war, you’re trying to break into the officers’ mess to get at their private stash of booze… (more)


Room-in-a-box, Dec 2019

Rated 4 out of 5
Ever since Journal 29 there’s been a boom in similarly formatted puzzle books, each with one puzzle per double page spread, where the first challenge of solving is often in working out how to approach the cryptic illustration. 404 is the latest such,… (more)

Exit: Mysterious Museum

Room-in-a-box, May 2019

Rated 3 out of 5
In Exit’s ever-expanding range, Mysterious Museum is pitched to be less challenging, intentionally one of their easier games. Puzzle difficulty is a very subjective matter, but Museum is made more approachable by being much more linear than their nor… (more)

Exit: Sinister Mansion

Room-in-a-box, May 2019

Rated 3.5 out of 5
Exit follow a very consistent, well-defined style of puzzle game, and after reviewing eight or nine of them there’s not a whole lot to say about a new one unless it differs from the others in some significant way; and Sinister Mansion does not.
The … (more)

Exit: The Catacombs of Horror

Room-in-a-box, Oct 2019

Rated 4 out of 5
For those who enjoy lining up all their Exit games in a neat little line of matching boxes on the shelf, it will have come as bad news that Catacombs of Horror is a double-size game, packaged in an outsized box that completely fails to match the othe… (more)

Modern Fables: Hypersomnia

London, Oct 2019

Rated 4 out of 5
When I played Modern Fables’ first game they were based down in south Bermondsey, but they’ve since moved to the east side of Shoreditch. Our confirmation email came with extensive instructions for how to find their entrance, and yet we still ended u… (more)