Tulleys Escape Rooms & Games: Nethercott Manor

By | March 20, 2019

by Tulleys Escape Rooms & Games (website)

Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, RH10 4PE

Crawley

2-8 players

Languages: EN

90 mins
The old manor house is entwined with local legend, the living don’t remember the Nethercott’s, the family’s hay day was long ago. Local folk talked, whispers were heard, rumours began, lights were seen within.
The Nethercott’s are long gone but something remains, an essence, a smell, a feeling, it’s in the fabric, in the walls, under the floor boards … it ticks, it creeks … take a trip into the past, uncover the family’s many secrets and glimpse their fleeting souls?
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Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 30 users
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Anonymous expert rated this:Rated between 10 and 10 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Failed 🙁
illogicalpoor hostingquite difficult

There is so much hype about this game, I just don't understand how our experience was so terrible.

After our amazing experience  playing 'Dodge' we then hit an all time low. 

We spent over 20 minutes in the dark with 2 torches between 4 of us. After asking for help and for more torches numerous times and not receiving any response, one of our team members left the room to get our GMs attention. He wasn't anywhere to be found. Another GM in Reception told us they would pass on the message to our GM.

After a few more minutes we received a clue instructing us to pull something more firmly  (trying to give no spoilers). As enthusiasts, we are conditioned into thinking nothing requires any force, well this did! As did other things in the room.

25 minutes in, morale was low. The second half of the game passed by very slowly. Some of the puzzles just seemed illogically difficult for the sake of it. One team member was left to spend 20 minutes on a 'puzzle', when we came out we were told we didn't need to do it.

Another team member had to leave the room during the second half of the game to get the GMs attention again as there was no response when waving and calling out to the cameras.

At the end of the game, we asked the GM about 2 specific puzzles and how to solve them, he couldn't tell us as he didn't know.

It was an absolute farce. I have tried to contact Tulleys twice to give them personal  feedback but haven't received a response.

Maybe an attentive and helpful GM would have made for a better experience. 

PurpleB experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: Oct 2019 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

An amazing room.  A couple of the items were a bit worse for wear when we played and broke during play which stops this getting the full 5*.  I also wish there wasn't quite so much content in the room.  Although we did escape, we had to parallelise a lot in order to do so and it meant there were large chunks of the room I never saw!

Barry Hammond experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 21/08/2018 Team size: 4 Time taken: 44.16 Outcome: Successful escape!
Tim Cooper expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: Team size: 4 Time taken: Outcome: Failed 🙁
Randy Hum rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: Team size: Time taken:
Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 30/05/2019 Outcome: Failed 🙁
Steve Kennedy rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 6 Outcome: Successful escape!
Brian experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 10.08.2019 Team size: 6 Time taken: 4 mins spare Outcome: Successful escape!
laceyd87 experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5

Challenging, as there is a lot to do! 

🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 22/12/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 74:45 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really hard to know how to review this game: as a couple I would say we had quite different experiences of the game. Pretty similar theme  and look to playing a Mystery Case Files computer game. I got to do more of the smaller puzzles individually while the other half of the duo concentrated on some more physical skill puzzles. The game - if it had worked and had been well hosted - would have been absolutely great, I am sure. 

The good: it is HUGE and there is plenty to do. We apparently had one room to go at the end and hadn't quite finished the room we were in. There are some fun puzzles. The set looks fantastic - one of the best I have seen. There were some great a-ha moments and some mild jump scares. 

The bad: ultimately a frustrating experience - more so for Mr B who got stuck with a broken puzzle having been trying to do it for at least 10 minutes. We had 3 separate occurrences in the rooms where drawers or doors should have opened having put in the correct solution where nothing happened. I am not sure if this was down to mechanical issues with the puzzles or a failure to pay attention to manual release moments on the part of the GM  - but compounded by failing to get a response from the GM when asking for help or to confirm that the solution entered was correct on multiple occasions, it felt like we wasted a lot of time standing around not understanding why nothing had happened and why we couldn't progress. Given these faults, being ceremoniously shepherded out of the room exactly on the 60:00 mark - when we had starting playing around 10 minutes in advance of our listed game time - meant that we felt like we had not really got the full experience, and I can't say that the GM was particularly bothered about it. A real shame, given the potential the room clearly has to be one of the best in the UK. 

Update: we did return in Nov 21, and completed it this time. No issues with broken tech this time around, and the hosting was significantly better. Finished in 75 minutes, recalling very little of what we saw the first time. It is a beautifully designed set, but something about this game just doesn't spark joy in me - definitely prefer some of the other Tulley's games over this one. It is still a very good game though, just competing against some other very high quality games. Agree it works better as a 90 minute game as a 2 player so it's nice they have made that change. 

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Nethercott Manor, the third game from Tulleys Escape Rooms, has sat at the top of my must-play game list ever since it opened, while garnering one rave review after another; it's currently the highest ranked game on this site by player reviews. And it thoroughly lived up to expectations - with one very glaring problem, that will bother some players greatly and others not at all.
Tulleys' usual superb production values are on display from the outset. The briefing takes place inside the room, but...
From the moment the game started, I knew it was going to be something special. An experience that takes you on an incredible journey with a high-quality set and an unbelievable number of puzzles.

There certainly is no expense spared in terms of attention to detail and thought put into this room, it is impeccable. From the court-yard to the kitchen no minor detail is overlooked, creating a living, breathing and 100% immersive space.

Tulleys have clearly spent an inordinate amount of both time and money to make this an experience that you are not likely to forget, and it has certainly paid off
Dodge City was quite the treat for us and a definite highlight in the greater London area. Nethercott Manor was a close second, perhaps due to the theme as we typically prefer light hearted games. We are happy to award Dodge City our highest rating of 5 gold stars! It's rare to see an escape room with so many things to accomplish in such an immense and wonderful environment!
We head into a creepy old manor house. What will we find inside...?

You can tell that a lot of effort was put into room decoration and it fitted the theme well. This is certainly an amazing premium experience!

Puzzles were varied a nice mix of physical and mental puzzles.

This room definitely lived up to its five star difficulty rating with so many puzzles crammed inside that there were many moments that we were sure we’d never reach the end! It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience with lots of variety to the puzzles and the spooky atmosphere really added to the tension.

I love a challenge, and this was certainly that, despite not completing the room I thoroughly enjoyed it, which is odd, as I really like winning, beautiful looking room, really well themed, some good and challenging puzzles, apparently we only got around 2/3 of the way through, may return to replay this one when I've had time to forget the puzzles a bit more, as I'd like to see it to the end. 

 

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