Kelly Archer


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Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverstory-drivengreat hosting

I loved this game from Escape Plan. Sam, the host, was super friendly (and he learned all our names in order to give clues to the right person, and give us personalised time cards at the end) and the puzzles were great.

The tech is all in house and suits the theme - lots of wood, great scenery and a sense of humour with some of the design. The barrel-top games (no spoiler, you'll see what I mean straight away, they use this design in both rooms as well) are BEAUTIFUL. A few too many padlocks on this one but it fitted the style of the room.

The ending was charming, too. All round worth the trek eastwards, looking forward to the next room "Battle For Britain".

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivegreat hosting

Loved this room. Some really great in house designed puzzles (lots of wood, which makes a nice change) and a fab host made this room stand out. The theming is beautiful with, plenty of tricky puzzles and lots of non linear moments. I loved that the GM (Sam) knew our names and would direct the clues to the relevant player, that was a lovely touch.

We played both of their current rooms and I am excited to play the next one when it is finished.

Played: 12 Apr 2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techstory-drivenepic

Loved this so much - a very full on game, very beautiful and with a great final puzzle which really kept us on our toes. Will definitely revisit and play more games with Lock Academy when we are next in Paris.

Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hostingfamily friendly
Played: 31 Oct 2020 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Overall a great game, even though we struggled to finish in time.

Set design is always great from EE - love the way they design their spaces.

The final puzzle doesn't seem very covid safe, so we needed prompting to do what we needed to do and in the confusion messed it up a bit. Finished with a couple of minutes to spare.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulclevergreat hosting

We love this game - super stylish, clever puzzles, great hosting. All round ace.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingbroken tech

Overall a decent game but it's getting a bit tired and could do with refreshing or retiring. 

The space is absolutely HUGE which makes a real change from most places. We had an issue with a broken switch at the beginning but the GM sorted that pretty quickly once he realised what was wrong. 

Despite the advertising, this room is not at all scary and there isn't really much of a story aside from the fact you need to escape from a pair of prison cells. That doesn't detract but it does make this room less memorable.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivenoverpriced

A decent game (have loved the Time Run games in the past) marred by the packaging. It all felt a bit processed but I guess that's the deal with this sort of franchise based game. The puzzles were great, trying to sell us key rings and jumpers afterwards not so much.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

A fun room, though it has a few hidden items that we missed on searching - it seemed like these were deliberately sneaky. The puzzles were solid and pretty clear, though I think we needed a few hints.

The GM was really full on which split our team - you'll either love her or loathe her. 

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-driven

Overall a good, fun room. Slightly spoiled by some of the physical access issues and the overpowering smell of rubber from all the props. 

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalimmersive

Loved this room, very immersive, amazing set and the rules for the first section (you'll see what I mean when you get there) added an extra level of challenge. Great design, really beautiful, with clever, logical puzzles that were fun to solve.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverimmersivegreat hosting

We loved this room so much!

It's your standard prison break story but the way it is built (two jail cells, and the setting is so good it was in the film Cruella!) and the way the puzzles are done are really clever. Your team is split into two separate cells and you have to work together to solve puzzles, even though you can't see each other for a large chunk of the game. Everything flowed well and was fun AND logical.

It really made us think, sometimes stretch, even a little bit of climbing. The GM was mega enthusiastic and the owner was really chatty too, telling us about the next room that is due to be finished August 21 (or possibly September).

It's in an unassuming basement in the centre of Bracknell, so it's easy to get to.

I don't want to give too much away. 

We're looking forward to going to back to play Secret of the Vault and the new Pharoah's Mystery when it opens. 

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalplain

We start in the office of the Prime Suspect, searching for evidence of where a kidnapped woman is locked up. The room itself was reasonable, we just found that some of the puzzles were illogical (one in particular needed more than one clue for us to solve and it was still "huh?" afterwards. I just can't see how you can get the answer without a lot of nudging and amazing eyesight). One of the hiding places had a lock that fell open when being poked with the wrong key. Another couple of clues required us to search through a big pile of items (I am trying not to give spoilers) which would normally rule them out as just decoration.  In many cases we had codes and had to guess which lock they were supposed to open.

For one of the clues, the GM admitted that it takes teams a long time to solve because it's quite counter intuitive (one of our team got it but it took a while). I can imagine a lot of people get very frustrated with it.

As with the other Escape 360 room, we visited during the July heatwave and the room was airless and boiling. I know the UK can't be fully equipped with air conditioning, we don't expect that, but a couple of cheap fans would have made a huge difference. The GM apologised after saying they used to have fans but they had disappeared (she had one on her desk, though). 

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalairless

This room is vaguely Harry Potter themed (a few props, four house flags, lightning signs for when to use your wand). 

One puzzle in particular relied on the darkness meaning we couldn't find a puzzle piece (which we didn't think we needed due to the wording of the puzzle so we wasted a lot of time trying to solve it when we technically couldn't).  

 There were quite a few random red herring articles in the room which delayed us quite a bit. 

A couple of clever puzzles involved using the wands, though it was given away by the use of the lightning symbols (explained before the game) which took the edge off a little.

Many of the puzzles seemed quite illogical. One was technically flawed, in that things were in the right place but needed a big of jiggling to make it work.

Worst of all we visited during the July heatwave and the room is airless and boiling. I know the UK can't be fully equipped with air conditioning, we don't expect that, but a couple of cheap fans would have made a huge difference. The GM apologised after saying they used to have fans but they had disappeared (she had one on her desk, though). 

Overall could not really recommend. Glad we didn't do this one last.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Absolutely brilliant, so much fun. Lots to do, really well themed with plenty of puzzles. The final puzzle is very satisfying, too. Staff here are always really engaging and switched on and love to talk through the whole room play which we really enjoy.

Outcome: Successful escape!

A nicely designed room, a couple of clever ideas that I've not seen elsewhere. Very short, though, we were done in about 30 minutes. 

A really beautiful room with lots of styling details and a great theme. There are a few bottle necks which means our experienced team of 4 were sometimes a little restless while only two of us solved a puzzle. The last section is great fun but with some technical challenges that the GM had to work round (without giving too much away, some of the switches don't always work right). 


Probably better for two or four family groups as it's a little short of puzzles but still a lovely experience.

Played: 12th October 2019 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!

First half was great. The back end of the room is very tired and didn't work properly which was frustrating after doing the excellent ImBound. Needs retiring or refreshing.

A really great room but some issues with solving puzzles where the set up was wrong (so we got a digit wrong because something had been tampered with) and some difficulty in reading a section of information because of lighting and angles or worn out numbering. Decent but flawed, needs a bit of a spruce up.

Team size: 2

Decent ideas but a few flaws made it a bit frustrating

One of my favourite ever rooms. We had an amazing GM who must have been running around behind the scenes. The room looks a little basic but, honestly, it was so much fun we really didn't notice. The puzzles are great and the way the scares work (you jump, then laugh, then get on with solving) made it enormous fun. A riot.

Incredibly creative and beautiful room. Loved some of the alternative non traditional puzzles here, as well as the room's overall style.

Team size: 2

One of my all time favourite rooms. This requires a good dose of team work in order to solve some of the puzzles. I love the way the room is styled - the theme works brilliantly.

Another excellent room from Time Trap. Bletchley Park themed with great train station style.


They have two copies so you can also play competitively.