Escape Brum: Blackmail

By | April 27, 2019

by Escape Brum (website)

68 Camden Street, B1 3DP


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Lord Barrington Smyth is being blackmailed, we've identified the culprit as dodgy Birmingham private investigator Doug Spade. We need a crack team to enter Spade's office in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, locate the evidence he is using to blackmail Lord Barrington, and escape before Spade returns...
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based on ratings from 11 users

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ashpf experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 17 Jun 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 34m56s Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostinglogical
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 17 Jun 2023 Time taken: 00:45:18 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingfamily friendly

This was the first game at this venue and it does show to a degree.  That's not to take anything away from the puzzles of the game!  Normally I hate map puzzles but this was a clever idea and I think worked well.  Theming is good and the puzzles, whilst old in concept can still trip you up and send you down the wrong path if yo are not paying attention.  Recommend you play this first as a warmup game!

Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 29 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 27:36 Outcome: Successful escape!
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 29 Jun 2019 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
coco974 rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 20 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 46:45 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hosting

Brilliant room with lovely hosts! 

Standard office set up, with a second room to be unlocked.

Lots of items to find and use and not always immediately obvious what you need something for! We had cracked one clue, but then we came to need it we forgot that we'd come across it as there's lots of bits and bobs to figure out and use.

The clue system of the screen is very handy - I sometimes find walkie talkies etc difficult to hear or understand so to have the clues on screen was very handy (although the only clues we used were because we just hadn't searched thoroughly enough!)

None of the puzzles were too tricky but would still maybe be a little too much for a complete newbie. 

Can't wait to go back and do their second room!

abooth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 1 Time taken: 50 Outcome: Successful escape!

Played alone - good fun, plenty to do but very simple in terms of design and puzzle.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 12/08/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 27.20 Outcome: Successful escape!

Venue: the outside of the building had plenty of signage so you knew where you going, unlike some that is just a doorway in amongst a crowded area. The waiting area was spacious and felt really relaxed. They even have a map on the wall to put a pin in to say where you’ve cone from which is a really nice touch and there were flags from all over the world the GM had a jug of water waiting to give us refreshments on arrival which was also a really nice touch

Room: A typical office based scenario where the scenario kept up with the objective of the game. Don’t expect anything spectacular or different in this room however. If you’ve played escape rooms before, you’re likely to have come across most of these puzzles, however, everything was well signposted and no need for leaps of logic. 

Despite us flying through the room, we had a great time in there and there was plenty to do. For a team that’s only done a few rooms, it may be challenging 

Overall, it was a great room by an independent GM and worth giving a go if you’re ever passing by 

Siân O'Brien experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 06/08/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 51:24 Outcome: Successful escape!

I found this game really immersive as a result of care in the set design. It felt really authentic. The GM was really lovely and the story was well thought out. Overall, really enjoyable. I can't wait for this company to open new rooms! 

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