Bewilder Box: The Bewilder Box Initiative

By | March 20, 2019

by Bewilder Box (website)

31 York Place, BN1 4GU

Brighton

2-6 players

60 minutes

You and your team are new recruits, tasked with completing the Bewilder Box assessment and locating the missing Dr Wilder Sr. Do you have what it takes to answer this unfathomable challenge with a hearty laugh and a self-assured thumbs up? Can you complete the various tasks, challenges and brain tickling puzzles before the time limit expires? Will you uncover the secret of Dr Wilder Sr’s mysterious disappearance back in 1989? You have 60 minutes to find out… Good luck.
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Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 13 users
combined with 7 pro reviews

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ratsontour expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 28 Sep 2019 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hosting
Stacey Frier rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 12 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnygreat hosting
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

We were so lucky to try The Bewilder Box initiative as we were over Brighton on a very tight schedule and couldn't make it in their available slots. The fantastic team at The Bewilder Box managed to squeeze us in in their schedule and we ventured the amazing pub where they are located before being joined by what seemed like one crazy laboratorian.

TummyTubes, if I remember his name correctly, was in full character and absolutely loving for his job, he really made the experience beyond enjoyable, without forgetting D.A.V.E of course, which was the robot giving you tips and hints throughout the escape (not that we needed that many! I believe we only had one or two nudges).

The room itself is not linear but it doesn't seem messy or disorganised as soom unlinear room would, it was very much clear what we were supposed to do and we could understand our progress in a very smoothly maner. The puzzles themselves were really smart and enjoyable, most of them which we had never seen any similar puzzles in 100~ rooms.

Unfortunately, we had a couple of puzzles that were broken when we went, one that we managed to troubleshoot ourselves (the headphones were not working but needed to be press in a certain location to work), and another one that needed the host to come and fix it for us, which he explained had been broken by a group of hen dos who came before us. This should have in theory broke the immersion of the room but our host, Tummy, entered the room in character and fixed it promptly for us which we are grateful for even though it was a part of the last puzzle which is one piece of wonderful design and fun! It's completion is very rewarding and got us gagging the whole way through.

The story itself is not memorable but it's fun and well narrated throughout the whole hour. A must do if you are in Brighton, really good room. 🙂

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Joe Brown experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 18/9/20 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
great humour and story with solid puzzles made this a decent experience
🦡cipherdelic expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
stairs expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 5/11/2018 Team size: 4 Time taken: 48:00:00

This is a charming room, that feels "hand-made" in the very best way - there's a lot of love gone into making a variety of unique puzzles and props, an overall feeling of light-hearted fun and a genuine sense of childhood enjoyment, and the entire experience aided by a fantastic, attentive host.

Chelsea O experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: May 20th 2019 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 20/12/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Amazing hosting from Doctor Hasselhoff who stayed in character more than any other GM I have come across, and who deservedly mocked us for failing to lock a door before the game had even started. Some genuinely enjoyable moments featuring Hugo Myatt and some nudges towards Knightmare. Agreed with the GM that strictly speaking there is one item that is not really single use but to be honest it did not really slow us down too much. Great hint system with DAVE. You can also take your drink in. Considering this game has been around a few years, the fact it is still so good shows the quality of the story and puzzles. Very enjoyable. 

laceyd87 experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
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I am of course late to the party here - anyone with sufficient interest in escape games to read this site regularly is likely well aware that Bewilder Box in Brighton has a sterling reputation, frequently appearing in enthusiasts' lists of favourite games. But better late than never, and I was delighted to get a chance to finally try it out.
The Bewilder Box Initiative is hosted in a pub, and instead of a normal lobby area you sit down and wait to be collected. You'll have no trouble spotting t...
That rare gem - a room genuinely worth travelling for. Excellent introduction, games masters, puzzles and theming combined to make this a really enjoyable game.
If you’re like us, and putting off a visit to Bewilder Box, stop right now, and find the time to just do it! The Bewilder Box Initiative instantly became a favourite of ours
We have to complete the Bewilder Box assessment and locate the missing Dr Wilder Sr in this escape room above a pub in Brighton.
Attention to detail. It’s often what separates a good game from a great game. If you’ve seen any of the publicity around Bewilder Box, they make a point of featuring Hugo Myatt in the briefing videos for the game – Hugo played Treguard on 90s kids TV show Knightmare and so holds a special place in the hearts of those of us a certain age. It’s a good start already: niche nerd appeal plus the fact they’ve actually gone to the effort of hiring an actor rather than having the owner put on some cringe-worthy performance for the camera.

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