Escape Game Over Derby: The Castle of Fire and Ice

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Game Over Derby (website)

Abbotts Hill Chambers 2nd Floor, Gower St, DE11SD

Derby

2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

The last great barrier keeping the undead hoards at bay has fallen. All seems lost. They do not sleep, eat, feel or die. Yes there may still be hope. My party of Maesters and i have found a hidden weapon of great power & magic. If only we could escape this black fortress to use it...
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Rated between 20 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 8 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

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Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 15 and 15 out of 5
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 2019-12-01 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Time taken: 51:47 Outcome: Successful escape!
Winter may have arrived but you don't need to be a Watcher on the Wall to get the most out of this game.  Using various tropes and symbols from the Game of Thrones TV series, this is a relatively fun linear room with a couple of insanely hard puzzles towards the end.
Escapetopus experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 05/05/2019 Team size: 5 Time taken: 45:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

If you’re anywhere near Derby (or Rochdale) and you’re a fan of both escape games and Game of Thrones, this room is a must-do! Great theming, including a replica Iron Throne you can sit on to have your victory picture taken. Plenty of good puzzle content even if you’re not bothered about Game of Thrones.

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 28/07/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59.59 Outcome: Successful escape!

This was a last minute addition to our day out and we are so glad we decided to give it ago. After feel really deflated at the quality and content of Jack the Ripper, we were overwhelmed at what this room held.

Some REALLY interesting challenges in this room, excellent theming and LOADS to do. 

We did get stuck on one puzzle very rather a long time and it felt like we had to have a degree in mathematics to be able to complete (and that's after working out the numbers we needed to calculate). Other than this one puzzle, the rest of the room was AMAZING. 

There must have been as much content in this room as Jack the ripper, Maniac and Espionage combined. It was full throttle and really clever.

My only advice for this one would be to wear the kneepads provided. Lesson learnt 😉 

Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 3 Nov 2018 Team size: 2 Time taken: 47:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
Wei-Hwa Huang expert rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!

The room looked like it would be fun in real life, but we just had a bad avatar.  You know, the type who will ask you for confirmation for everything and thinks they're doing you a service by moving the camera slowly.

Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 03/11/2018 Time taken: 47:00:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

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At the end of the game, successful escapes are rewarded with a photo on the Iron Throne. We had a group photo together and when we asked if we could have one more, we were met with “you’ll have to be quick, I have to reset for another group”. Understandable, but with an escape time of 50:51, there was enough time to take a couple of pictures. It did taint the experience with customer service that didn’t seem to care too much. In order to understand how well we did, I had to ask our host. Often, when visiting a room, part of the game debrief is to explain how well you’ve done. Sadly, this is lacking here.

The game was a huge amount of fun to play as a Game of Thrones fan and meant that I often found myself smiling at the links to the TV series. The theme was great and, although it did have a story, it seemed a little tagged on as the game didn’t really discover the weapon of power and magic. For enthusiasts it can be done in a smaller group but beginners may need to bring a group of at least four to help cover the space. Overall a reasonable experience which could be improved so easily. If you have a list of games to play, visit those before considering Winter is Coming, unless you are a die hard GoT fan.

Overall, the game was quite decent. I had noticed that the "room pics" on the website were actually 3D renderings, so I was a bit worried, but as it turned out those models are an accurate representation of the actual room.

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