Clued Up! Escape Rooms: The Bank Heist

By | September 29, 2019

by Clued Up! Escape Rooms (website)

64-66 Prince of Wales Road, NR1 1LT

Norwich

2-8 players

60 minutes

Assemble your team of crack thieves, negotiate the security systems in the bank and escape with as much money and valuables from the vault as you can before the cops show up… You have 60 minutes and counting! But, you first have to break in to the vault and figure out all our puzzles along the way to start grabbing the loot. If you do well enough you might even bag a place on our leaderboard!
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Rated between 35 and 40 out of 5

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Moosehead experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
intense

Very fun room that will keep you busy for the entire hour!

stairs expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 19 May 2021 Team size: 5 Time taken: 00:59:26
originalstory-drivenfamily friendly

I admit it's hard to write an objective review right now, because it's hard to know how much enjoyment is due to just being able to play a real-life escape room for the first time in over a year, but this was just an absolute joy to play.

Well-structured, lots to do, and with a nice scoring system that meant that you don't just "escape" or "not" - rather you decide how much risk you're going to take by stealing as many valuables as you can from the bank vault, right up to the last minute before making your escape (we *just* got out with seconds to spare, but with a perfect score 🙂 ). We played as a family with two adults and three kids (8yrs, 10yrs, and 13yrs), and there was something for everyone to do.

Attentive gamesmaster was on-hand to deliver hints if necessary, but doing so incurs him taking a cut of your earnings and therefore affecting your post-game score, which is a nice risk-reward mechanic. The theming for a "bank" scenario is not particularly tricky, but it was done nicely and utilised a range of suitable props and knowledge that you might expect to find.

The whole experience felt well-managed, very Covid-safe (hand sanitiser inside and outside the room, masks worn (although that actually helped with the "bank robber" theme...), some props placed in additional plastic wrapping), and was just an hour of thrilling puzzle-solving fun.

If I had to be critical, I'd say that the gameflow was fairly linear, so if you *did* get stuck on a puzzle, you might find it hard to proceed - but then, that's what the hint system is for.

Recommended.

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