Kelly Archer

Played: 30 Mar 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Hounds have made three absolutely amazing games all in one location and all for their first ever rooms.
In this game we are test subjects for a secret Russian lab. The two GMs (I don't know why they needed two, except for the story line) were excellent, particularly the security guard who kept his act and accent up the whole time we were at Hounds (about 5 hours) including when my partner bumped into him in the toilet. He was genuinely hilarious.The room itself is excellent - some introductory warm up puzzles before you get into the nitty gritty of the game where the story and styling changes. The theming is excellent, the puzzles flow and the ending makes for a nice finale. Hounds really do know how to make a game end with a bit of pace and pizzazz. 
Played: 30 Mar 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Hounds have made three absolutely amazing games all in one location and all for their first ever rooms.This is their Hill Billy moonshine hunt, starting in the mechanic's shop to look for the precious home made booze. The host in this (Arnold/Trucks) was totally brilliant, not dropping his ridiculous southern American accent for one second and, dare I say it, revelling in his role (which is lovely to see). The game is tons of fun, the puzzles flow well and the ending is thoroughly enjoyable (and makes for great photos). A totally superb game, go and have some fun.
Played: 30 Mar 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Hounds have made three absolutely amazing games all in one location and all for their first ever rooms.You are searching for a lost relic somewhere in the jungle, with help from (in our case) Teddy, a local explorer from the British Museum (with all the over the top Englishness that one person can muster, pip pip!). This game is great fun, loads of puzzles, beautifully decorated spaces and hosting that does not stop from walking in to walking out.Great fun all round.
Played: 17 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
It is very hard to give a true overview of this game without giving things away. You will have read that you are locked in your own coffin, with your team mate in the coffin next to you. The coffins are pretty generous in size (I am 6ft1), very comfortable for most of the game (it gets a bit hot towards the end, so dress lightly). You have 30 minutes to escape, working with your team mate to solve a number of puzzles.
This was the single most fun room that we did in Barcelona. It is unique, as far as I know, and may not suit you if you are genuinely claustrophobic. If you are just a bit worried about it then I urge you to give it a try (and there is an emergency "out" -  make sure you read the final instructions before you sign the waiver, unlike me!). We had an absolute riot. The theming is amazing, the soundscapes are funny and the puzzles make for great team work (even though there are not that many because it is only 30 minutes). You can also tailor the experience yourself - see the details on the website. You might need Google Translate a bit for the website but the game is all fine in English.Do it. You will not regret it!
Played: 16 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
An absolutely incredible game. We played 5 amazing games in Barcelona and this is probably the best of them all. The size of it is impressive (it is in the middle of nowhere, to be fair) and like all the top notch Barcelona games we played this started the moment we rang the doorbell. Book this. You won't be disappointed.
Played: 16 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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What can I say? If you know the movie you have some inkling of what to expect. This game is fun from the off with a GM who is fully in the game and clearly enjoys playing along. There were a few issues with the reset which made the start a bit bumpy but once we had got past that it all ran smoothly. Some very tricky puzzles but we got there with a bit of help.Be prepared to crawl a bit on some quite hard floors. All the English was perfect and there are plenty of easter eggs (most of which we missed!). A top notch fun room.
Played: 15 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Another amazing game from Escape Barcelona. This one is very physical so be prepared to climb, crawl and get very dirty. The GM involvement is really good and the storyline is very tense from the very beginning.  A couple of the Spanish phrases in the game weren't quite accurately translated but not enough to stop us understanding everything.A great game with a fun level of scariness. 
Played: 15 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
An absolutely incredible game. Epic in scale, great GM involvement and the game starts the moment the door opens. I cannot explain this game fully without giving stuff away but you will be transported to another world. 
Fully playable in English.
Team size: 2
We played this as our 100th game. It is so much fun (plus I do enjoy being separated to start) with tons of puzzles, great theming, a clever clue system and a great story. We love the authenticity of the lab, what a great place to set a game!
A fun, solid game with some clever details. There's loads of space and the fact it's in a real lab is very cool. This has perhaps got a little tired over time and a couple of puzzles had us really scratching our heads because they seemed a bit illogical but we enjoyed it nonetheless.
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A fun room with some clever ideas and some nostalgic puzzles. The finish is a little amateurish but it's still a solid and fun room. Plenty to do in parallel, though a couple of the puzzles were a little obtuse and needed hints to progress. Fun if you like your retro games. 
Played: 21 Jan 2024 Team size: 4 Time taken: 39:50 Outcome: Successful escape!
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This is a solid room on the detective-y theme, looking for a gun hidden in a detective's office. The puzzles are great with a couple of gotcha idiot moments from us where we took far too long to get something done. We really should have learned to search properly by now (120+ rooms each!).
Great hosting from Kieran and an enjoyable chat afterwards to make sure we all understood the puzzles (this is a non linear room). My only complaint is the crawling - my poor knees did not enjoy that. A bit of padding helped (obtuse top tip for you there).
Played: 21 Jan 2024 Team size: 4 Time taken: 22:22 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A really fun room, beautifully styled and with a theme I have not done before - it's up to you to find all the mix tapes for the number one hit before the DJ needs to play it at the top of the chart.The theming is beautiful with some nice reveals and plenty of fun stuff. The only downside is that it was pretty quick and we just wanted more!
Played: 21 Jan 2024 Team size: 4 Time taken: 39:50 Outcome: Successful escape!
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We absolutely loved this game! It's well done, all the tech worked and, best of all, if you immerse yourself in the theming you can have some real fun with Venus. Big thanks to GM Kieran for his great hosting and putting sassy words into Venus' mouth.For experienced players it would work better as a two or three player game because there were a couple of times that not everyone had stuff to do, though Venus's attitude made those moments fun anyway.
Played: 2 Dec 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 44:20 Outcome: Successful escape!
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This is just a joyous room to play. The theming is brilliant (without giving away too much), the game is fully automated - no one pushing buttons when you look like you've solved a puzzle. It's witty,, it's logical, it's well run and the staff are really lovely.  

We had a riot playing this, it's such fun. 

Played: 4 Nov 2023 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!

This game was a bit of a disappointment to be honest. We picked a game that looked really immersive with nice set design as an introductory room for my father in law. Sadly the immersion was ruined by the loud screams from the teenagers playing the "Saw" game next door and the room played on its styling with extra darkness. The very first puzzle (this won't spoil anything, it is obvious) is doing a tangram - the search for pieces was incredibly frustrating; looking for pale wooden objects in the nooks and crannies of a dark room is not my idea of fun.

We had quite a few clues because some of the puzzles were obtuse (this was game 131, we do not normally struggle on this) including one puzzle which the GM admitted needed a clue every time because otherwise no one would get it - in my opinion that means there is a flaw in the design.

It was such a disappointment because some of the ideas were good but the flow just wasn't there. 

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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We really enjoyed this game but we felt that there were a few things that could be fixed or improved on to make this a five star game. 

When we went into the room (no fog for us, not sure why, I know it is normal to have it and when we played Riddled next door the team after us had fog) and one of the secret doors was already open and the GM had to come back in and wedge it shut. Later on when legit opening it the "switch" was very stiff - the door fits too tightly in the frame.

It's marketed as a horror room but it isn't scary, just ridiculously dark. One weak lantern between four people isn't enough. In the areas with lamps we ended up taking the lampshades off to give more light. A few more noises when opening doors and rooms could make this more intense. 

There is a lot of crawling. A lot. The flooring  in the crawl bit has cork chips and they do provide kneepads (which I really like) but there is a lot of crawling and it needs at least two people to do this.

There is a lot of reading - you're given a notebook with clues in which guide you at various places. The script used is very small and intentionally gothic - because the notebook is quite old and worn the font is very very hard to read, especially in the low light. 

There is a constant thumping noise which we thought was intended to create a creepy atmosphere but it's actually the axe throwing next door! At least it fitted thematically (not so much for the wizard school room, where the thumping is just annoying).

They make really good use of the space, this room works on lots of levels. Overall we really enjoyed this but with a little work it could be superb.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Yet another magic school I know!

We struggled so much with the first puzzle that I am embarrassed (and one of our team was ready to give up)! Once we got going we were fine, Mo the GM was great (and very much enjoyed being in character at the beginning and end). 

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A good solid room. Some of the puzzles were quite obvious, but this would make a great room for new players or a family with kids. 

Our host, Matt (?) was nice and enthusiastic, though when we first arrived they were having some tech problems with the booking system so we were waiting ungreeted for quite a long time.  One of the puzzles (tin man related) had a bit of a dodgy connection so the solution took a bit longer to get, even though we were doing it right. It could do with a bit of tweaking to make this better.

Note that this room does not have air con - we played on a hot summer's day and it was incredibly stuffy. The other Panic Room site at St George's Centre is much more comfortable.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A really different game, so much fun because of the risque elements and some fab hosting by Reese. We laughed a lot playing this, and enjoyed messing about with the props!

The puzzles are actually great as well -way better than they need to be considering the theme (and I kind of expect this to be a hit with stag and hen dos, where they are less likely to be escape room fans). Many more layers to this than it appears when you are first tied to the bed (only with soft handcuffs, it's all good).

This has jumped to the top 10% of my rooms (out of 125) because it is so different to other rooms. A really silly, fun but also challenging game. Memorable counts for a lot.

Played: 4 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A really nice twist on the Sherlock genre - this time you play on Moriarty's side. The ending puzzle was especially original, even though the rest of the game was fairly linear and, of course, decorated like Sherlock's lounge so not going to be the most exciting from that point of view.

Meg was a great GM (she hosted us twice that day), though we didn't need any clues for this, finishing in about 30 minutes (not noted on the photo so I am not totally sure).

A great solid room, plus Escape Rooms Cardiff will give you a 25% discount if you book an additional game after finishing another one (so good value).

Played: 4 Jul 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A really beautiful room, very immersive and built on site by the team. Meg was a great GM, even when we needed help with a cryptex that seemed to be broken (one of the letters was stuck, but it was stuck on a correct letter). Some great, original puzzles and good background music. A really enjoyable experience.

Not that difficult - yes we're experienced but we finished in under 35 minutes as a team of two.

Played: 10 May 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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We were recommended this company by the GM at Escape Boats. A great shout.

This was a solid room with nice theming, well decorated and with great puzzles. Not the most original, seeing as it's Sherlock Holmes themed, but the puzzles were interesting and unusual and everything flowed logically. We managed to escape with no clues, even if it did take us a few minutes to "get" the last puzzle.

The GM, Daisy, was great - really enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun to chat to.

Played: 9 May 2023 Outcome: Successful escape!

It's hard to describe this room. The puzzles were mostly good, though the ending required the GM to see the final act via camera (which we were naturally standing in front of) in order to know we were done.

The immersion is very low in this room, with very basic decor - it felt a lot like it was in a shed, with some rather basic bits and bobs from the pound store as objects in the room. 

There was also some crawling with no padding, which I know would be tricky for some.

The GM was good, though when we were done he was gone before we had got our stuff out of the locker and we had to see ourselves out - the Clockwork Door is also a board games cafe and I think he had other things to get back to.

Played: 9 May 2023 Team size: 2

Really loved this - a unique experience. The escape is really, truly, on a boat in a small harbour in Dublin. We had hard hats as protection and there are even wellies in the room to keep with the theming.

The puzzles flowed well and we really cleverly designed to fit with the space. A cracking end section made this a must visit escape room. I wish we had had time to do the other room on the boat (which CAN be done as a two player, despite their website saying it is minimum 4 players).

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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We have blooming loved all of the Ctrl Alt Esc games that we have done. Superb ideas, creative puzzles, super enthusiastic hosts and we love chatting with them after.

The set design is hand made and very cleverly fits with the theme (they are even getting a license so you can have a drink while you play). The GM is in the room with you for most of the game which feels weird at first (I was trying so hard not to ask idiotic questions) but fit the storyline perfectly. 

Bessie (I hope I have that right) is a great feature and the voiceovers, decor and finale make this such a fun game, I highly recommend it. They may not have the expensive polish of some of the big games companies but the ideas and creativity are some of the best in the UK. Highly recommended, you will have FUN!

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

A solid game and worth doing if you're already in the area. It's set in a bank vault and it felt like they didn't quite make full use of the space (there is a lot of time in a corridor, and not so much in the mostly empty vault room). Matt the GM was enthusiastic and clearly knew their stuff.

The last puzzle was a bit illogical so we needed a lot of help on that which meant it ended a bit flatly but overall a decent game.

Ignore the 75 minute timing, for most people this will be a standard 60 minute game.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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We LOVED this game so much. 

The host was fully immersed in his role right from the get go, the first section of the room is very non linear which is great for an experienced team (though it's small enough that we could still see what everyone else is doing). The theming is great with some simple cues to tie the puzzles together. The tech all worked (even when we did accidentally circumvent a bit of it) and the second half gives you a great finale and loads of excitement. Very innovative ending with a nice wow moment/reveal.

Honestly I can't say too much but this is a great great game. Far better than Atlantis IMO.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

Expectations were high going into this game - we had just completed Quartz (the newest Escapement Broadstairs room) and Atlantis is a Terpeca rated room.

It's very much a game of two halves. The first half is excellent, with some great ideas, and clever styling. The second half felt so much like style over substance - yes, it looks great but the puzzles aren't that original or tricky and there is so so much crawling that it could do with a warning beforehand (the floor has some rubber style surface but this leaves black marks on clothes and it was crumbling which I found very hard on my palms).

The very last section of the game was a bit meh. I won't go into it to avoid spoilers but the only thing that made this section tricky was trying to hear the instructions.

Overall a solid game but TERPECA? Not for me. Do Quartz instead, that is epic.

Played: 12 Mar 2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

A good solid room. Some clever puzzles but quite a lot of padlocks. 

Played: 12 Mar 2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

This one really split the team in terms of opinion. We loved it but I know the other half of the team felt lukewarm.

It is beautifully made and looks in mint condition (even though it's been open 3+ years) and has some very clever tricks and original puzzles. There are definitely moments where 4 people seem to be too many - a team of 2 would probably enjoy this more but might find it hard to finish in the time. It's very tech driven and all of that worked faultlessly. Clever, fun, a great room.

Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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