1-5 Iron Gate, DE1 3FJ
based on ratings from 8 users
combined with 2 pro reviews
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There are lots of puzzles in this one game. It isn't just about escaping but "stealing" as much gold as possible. The puzzles at the end we really enjoyed as they were very varied. All of the puzzles were related to the bank theme. The gamesmaster was really good and didn't just push clues, we required no clues in this room.
Nice escape room after a long spell away due to lockdown. Got all bars within the time, and although we were apprehensive to perform certain actions we were kindly put at ease by the host.
Some great puzzles here, and a different take on escaping.
Really enjoyed this room. One thing to bear in mind if you're after the thrill of the escape is that you're trying to steal as many of the 12 gold bars as you can from their locked safety deposit boxes before the Police arrive. Therefore it's more of a 'room entry' game with a score out of 12 than a 'room escape' game. This does also mean that even though the room is rated as 'hard', even with a less experienced group, you'll probably still get into the vault, and it's a question of how much you steal.
I felt that the room was thematically strong - it did feel like it could be a small branch of a random independent bank! Albeit one with very poor security procedures... There is one thing that you have to do that is thematically out of line with a heist (so we didn't do it for about 5 minutes), that then also doesn't work in the way that is would in a bank (in operation or location), which was a bit of a shame. We did manage to make one critical part of the equipment freeze and had to have the GM come in to fix it, which I've taken half a star off for (particularly as it sounded like a not uncommon issue and could be addressed with reprinting a sign).
I was impressed that our GM was honest enough to recommend that we *didn't* do their easiest game based on our performance in this one.
And we'll be forever annoyed about not managing to get the 12th gold bar.
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This is such a good method of game play as escape rooms are getting more well known, so returning and experienced players are becoming a lot more commonplace. This room will serve to satisfy both newbies and enthusiasts.