Escape Quest: Mr Copplestone’s Curiosity Shoppe

By | July 30, 2021

by Escape Quest (website)

Chapelgates, 84b Mill Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6NR

01625 437437


2-10 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Winner of a 2022 TERPECA award

Mr Copplestone aka “The Professor” is an inventor. His greatest invention is the world’s first time machine, built so he could travel through space and time to find interesting objects and life saving potions to sell in his curiosity shoppe.

The time machine is powered by Time Echo Crystals, these crystals are rare and only a small quantity exist in the world.  Without them the time machine won't work.

Such a precious commodity must be stored & guarded carefully to ensure the future of time travel can continue. There's just one problem with that - Mr Copplestone!

He may be a genius, but he's the most forgetful man you could ever meet.  This morning when he opened his box of Time Echo Crystals he found only one left inside, where could he have put them?

Mr Copplestone and his wife Margaret live on Chapel Street in the year 1873.  We can't rely on Mr Copplestone finding the missing crystals alone so if you're brave enough to jump into his time machine and use the last remaining crystal we have to head to 1873 you could save the future of time travel.

. However the time entry vortex is weak and can only stay open for one hour, get back inside before it closes and bring any crystals you find with you so we can keep them safe back in the future ready for our next time travelling adventure.

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based on ratings from 37 users
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Chris Metcalfe experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulvalue for moneyepicquite difficult

A MUST DO ROOM! Amazing 

Escape Enthusiast expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 28 May 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersiveepicquite difficult
Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulgreat hosting
Anna Baillie experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 17 May 2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 30 crystals Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersiveepicquite difficult

Everything about this room is breathtaking. By far the most immersive game I've played thus far - on stepping into the set I was genuinely awestruck by the scale, detail, and depth they've managed to achieve. The first escape room I've played where I genuinely felt transported elsewhere and like I absolutely had to see everything there was to see.

The room is full of puzzles, of varying levels of difficulty, so there's more than enough to keep a team going for the whole hour, which will in fact pass by like it's 5 minutes. It's just so cleverly designed, the hosting was enthusiastic and friendly, it's not hard to see just how much they care about creating an incredible experience. An immense room, I can't wait to come back! 

lizratesrooms experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 1 May 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 21 crystals Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingepicquite difficult
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 30/04/2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulstory-drivengreat hosting

The idea of puzzle quests has grown considerably with “Daylight Robbery” at Cryptology and “UI-55” at Compendium.  This is a similar idea where you have a considerable number of puzzles to solve in order to find time crystals.  The setting is amazing and reminiscent of “Loot the Lanes”, the more crystals you find then other shops open up to you.  Not all shops will as the overall game will change every so often almost guaranteeing repeat visits (I know I will).  A massive range of puzzles from obvious searches to cunning logic puzzles, audio driven ones and observational.  

The Pick of Destiny expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 29 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyoriginalimmersivequite difficult

This game should not be missed!

Sarah Davies rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 22 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 18 crystals Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivegreat hostingquite difficult

Absolutely amazing escape 'room' - room doesn't do it justice as it's so much more. Actually took my breath away when we entered the game room. Fantastic puzzles and lots to do - very clever, original concept and I look foward to going back! It's a true labour of love for the hosts and they were fantastic - favourite experience of escape rooms to date! 

Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 14 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 26 Crystals Outcome: Successful escape!
Adam Bravery expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 29 Jun 2022 Team size: 3 Time taken: 30 Time Echo Crystals Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersiveintensequite difficult

Fantastic game with non-stop action and superb puzzles. Set design was spot on and our host Elaine was super friendly and gave helpful nudges when needed. Perhaps wish it was less padlock heavy but generally you knew which puzzle related to which padlock and all the puzzles were great fun, clever, and well signposted. Otherwise can't fault the room; it's amazing and absolutely worth playing. 

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Escape Quest in Macclesfield was one of the first operators in the UK. Mr Copplestone’s Curriosity Shoppe is quite a unique and challenging scenario for up to 10(!) people. I would recommend three to five players.

I particularly liked the game concept where all teams, regardless of experience level, are fully engaged for the entire 60 minutes. Given the non-linear puzzle structure, this applies to every single player! Puzzle lovers will get their money’s worth here.

This is a NEW review for the 2021 Newly opened version of Mr Copplestone!

The puzzles are brilliant and varied; the space is visually stunning; we had one of the most fun escape experiences we have ever had with this room; Mike and  Elaine have created a super original; innovative concept with this room; the game is exceptionally immersive and we can’t think of another room quite like it! As they are outstanding in every category for which we award, we have decided to award Mr Copplestone’s Curiosity Shoppe a Badge of Honour, our highest award, which we think is incredibly well deserved for the hard work and love Mike and Elaine put into their rooms.


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