Wirral Escape Rooms: The Curse of the Golden Lion

By | March 20, 2019

by Wirral Escape Rooms (website)

Unit 3 Thorndale Business Centre, Thorndale Lane, Wallasey, CH44 2AG


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Famous adventurer Hathaway Brown has mysteriously contacted you. Being past his prime he has picked you and your team for a very important mission....Hathaway once spent some time in the Jungles of South America, where he claims he found the Golden Lion. The only problem is, he left it in his jungle shack, which was padlocked up in a way that only Hathaway could execute... with puzzles & riddles!
Only someone of outstanding wit, with an adventurer’s heart and a keen brain could solve the puzzles, reclaim the Golden Lion and escape the curse... Are you brave enough to answer the call of adventure?
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Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 11 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

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matt_keds experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 7 Jul 2022 Team size: 4 Time taken: 45 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hosting


Really immersive room, puzzles were all on theme and the decoration was brilliant. A massive thanks to our host who was fantastic and chatted to us for half an hour afterwards. We played as a 4 but easily doable as a pair. 

lizratesrooms experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 29 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 58 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulstory-drivengreat hosting

Superb room and the host, Amy, was fantastic. Highly recommended!! 

flyingoctopus expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalgreat hosting

I always like it when there are side quests to do once you have reached your main 'goal'.  This room kept us busy from start to finish.

Lovely owners who were happy to stick around and chat with us. 

When is the next room opening???? 

abooth expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Loved it and love that there's extra stuff to do when you're finished.

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 30/03/18
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 18 Jun 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hosting
It's always interesting to see ER enthusiasts then get themselves into the business and I imagine if you are reading this then you've heard of "Brit of an Escape Habit" and it's blogger Amy.  This is her room and it's a cracker.  It's looks great and it's a nice mix of traditional puzzles and putting a different spin on them as well.  You also have some bonus puzzles you can try if you have time before the inevitable timer concludes.  It's possibly a little of out of th way but it's worth your time.
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 2018 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!

Having done 40+ escape rooms at that stage, we were always attracted by the unique rooms created by independent and passionate people instead of the Clue HQ or other Breakouts that you can find in any city you head to. The two owners of Wirral Escape Rooms are probably the most enthusiastic owners we've met in a long time! We arrived 30 minutes early at the place and spent that time discussing our favourite escape games memories, exchanging tips on where to go etc.. You could tell that they got inspired by all the favourites bits of escape games they experienced in the past, and as she explained to us, she loves padlocks and puzzles and the rooms was full of very clever ones! I'm more of a hands-on puzzle with as few locks as possible but it was hard to not feel immersed in The Curse of the Golden Lion. The decoration and soundtrack atmosphere were perfect, very high quality! I've had bad experiences in the past when trying out a "new" room with things unfinished or unpolished, this was definitely not the case, everything was on point! This room is clearly for more experienced players and I would not recommend it for a two player game, we had a lot of fun as a 5 players game! They are already working on the second room and the place they have seem to have enough space to host many others! I'm so glad it's working out quite well for them! It's also a very easy ride by train to there building! You can be there in 30 minutes from Liverpool city center. We didn't really understood straight away that there were two elements to the game (a story one and the optional 3 artifacts to gather). This was a bit misleading as we solved puzzles and ended up with an artifact wondering what we were supposed to do with it, without realising that finding those objects were optional. Maybe this should be made clearer in the initial briefing. 🙂 All in all, a very good room that made us gagging all day. Thank you so much Amy! We are looking forward to do your next room. 🙂

Escapetopus experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 12/09/20 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56:30 Outcome: Successful escape!

While there were slightly more padlocks here than I ideally like, this was a very solidly designed game with lots of content (including a whole bonus section that we didn’t have enough spare time to tackle). There was a bit of ambiguity about one of the narrative elements which made us think that we’d escaped before we actually had. Essentially, I found this a very good game within the constraints of being tech-lite and padlock-heavy, but it doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor that the very best games bring to the table.

PurpleB experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: Nov 2019 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!

The Curse of the Golden Lion demonstrates that you don't have to spend a fortune on a set in order to make an outstanding escape room. Some great puzzles and a really nice touch of the optional extra puzzles so the room can be a challenge for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

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I was just a little bit nervous about playing and reviewing this game, because it's designed and run by the escape room blogger behind Brit of an Escape Habit, one of the most prolific and well-known UK review sites; so it would have felt a little awkward if I'd hated it and had to write a negative review. Fortunately, it was an absolute pleasure to play, which makes this a much more comfortable review to write!
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A well-executed escape room with bonus content that ensures novices have a fun adventure while still letting enthusiasts have their money's worth.
If Disney made an escape room, this would be it. Ignoring the fact that the game is great and beautiful, there are so many easter eggs lovingly placed in the room that it is like an extra puzzle to spot and identify them all (we missed many)
A room that delivers an epic sense of exploration with great theming and tonnes of puzzles – a must play room for all enthusiasts. 


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