Escape Live Birmingham: Jack the Ripper

By | July 26, 2023

by Escape Live Birmingham (website)

Arch 39, Henrietta Street, B19 3PS


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Prepare to step back in time to the eerie streets of Victorian London and embark on a chilling adventure to solve one of history’s most notorious mysteries. Enter the dark and gloomy streets of Whitechapel, where the infamous Jack the Ripper terrorised the city. Your mission is to discover his true identity.

You will be provided with a dossier of the suspects’ names by the finest officers of Scotland Yard, your job is to determine their movements during this harrowing time. With only 60 minutes before the next murder, you must carefully examine clues, solve puzzles and gather evidence to eliminate suspects one by one until you uncover the true face of evil. Unearth hidden secrets, decipher cryptic messages and analyse evidence to untangle the web of horror and deception woven by the elusive Ripper.

Can you hold on to your nerves as you encounter unexpected jumps, twists and turns? Will you be able to put the pieces together and unmask Jack the Ripper before time runs out? Or will you be his next victim…

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Luke Mario Renshaw rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 07/08/2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 58:37 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-drivengreat hostingquite difficult👻scary

The setting for this game is incredible.  You can tell they’ve really put a lot of thought and effort into the theming and have really nailed it.  

The game is very logic based and I can see how people will fail but still have an amazing experience.  

What amazed us is how well the games master controlled our environment to how we we’re progressing through the game, with incredible interactions when needed. It really comes across when a gm cares about the game they run, which is very apparent with this game.  

Couldn’t recommend enough! The lounge area and overall hospitality experience at escape live was stand out compared to other companies as well (clearly due to higher budget, but it works).  

Jess Phillips rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 30 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 60 mins Outcome: Failed 🙁
hi-techoriginalimmersivevery difficult🧟terrifying
Really immersive and original but tricky!! Could have done with two hours, lots of jumpscares and live actors. 
TheEscapeBoomers expert rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Just terrible - Why you put two cypher puzzles back to back? Crazy. 

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 3 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 60 Outcome: Failed 🙁
great hostingintenseoverpriced🧟terrifying
MerseyMarauders expert rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
broken techpoor hostingoverpriced
thehermit experienced rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 19 Feb 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

We were really looking forward to this theme.. and was sorely disappointed. 

They give you a lantern.. and recommend you use your phones as the room is completely pitch black, until you start progressing.  

Typical EL asking you to use the same 3 numbers in several ways. Very lazy design.  A standard you'll come to notice as you play more rooms with them. 

Towards the end of your game, you'll be forced to put your hand in a bucket.. which is full of ancient gel balls which have ruptured leaving your hands decimated in a sticky mess, with no way to clean it. 

abooth expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 15 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 39 Outcome: Successful escape!

It was fun enough - pretty easy as the escape live Liverpool games tend to be. Our host was lovely. 

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A lot of this game is reading based, in fact… I would say almost all of it is, this is not a bad thing, I don’t mind story and text in a game, as long as it is done solidly. Unfortunately, Jack The Ripper fell down with some incredibly obvious spelling mistakes on several of the sheets of paper, and in the puzzles themselves. This presented itself to be incredibly misleading and almost like red herrings.

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