South Lodge, Moor End, Wetherby LS23 6ER
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I believe we were the first members of the public to try Secret of the Leopard People when it first opened, and I somewhat regret that. It'd be nice to wipe my brain and try again once (hopefully) some of the minor issues we had are ironed out.
Firstly, it looks gorgeous. Clearly a LOT of money has gone into this room, and it's paid off. It's one of the best looking escape rooms we've done in a long time, with plenty of lovely puzzles to explore. The theme is exquisite. Often these kinds of rooms look very tacky, not so here, it mostly looks authentic.
The room doesn't have any written clues, and while this was fine at first, as the game wore on some of the visual clues weren't quite as successful. It wasn't always clear what we had to do, and some games had similar symbols so working out what related to which puzzle was confusing on a couple of occasions. I could sense the GM becoming a little frustrated with us, but I suspect as more people play the game they'll spot if it was just our brains at fault or if they can add things to make it all a bit clearer.
One bit of the room wasn't quite set right, and reset itself during the came which confused us, as I wasn't sure if we'd triggered something. I think it was just a door going back to where it should have been all along though. Similarly, we accidentally triggered something in the latter stage which completed something far too early. Again, it's a learning process and that will hopefully be worked on to make it impossible for future teams to do that.
I think after the game has settled in and the team can tweak any issues it'll be one of the best, it just needs a tiny bit of work. (That may have happened already, it's been open a couple of months now)
We love the games at Kanyu Escape so were really excited about trying out a new room here. This is such an impressive set up and has no conventional locks; the tech is really quite something and, as always with Kanyu, the immersive, story-driven element is absolutely nailed. There are puzzles in here that we've not really seen before, which provides a layer of challenge that pushed us into the fifty-something minute range. A lot of effort has gone into making this immersive and that alone is worth an extra half-star; while we still rate Follow in my Footsteps as our favourite Kanyu game, we really enjoyed this game.