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Played: 19 May 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 43.09 Outcome: Successful escape!
😨creepy
It's ok. I think after the lead up i was expecting something much more scary.  It certainly had creepy vibes but no more than that, it still very much felt like an escape room rather than anything immersive. We were told about other peoples experiences in the game and how they'd experienced actual paranormal activity. Whether this was a scare tactic or actual truth I have no idea, but when i went on to ask about the history of the building, it's age etc the response was 'i have no idea i was born in 1989. Which bothered me. There was one puzzle where you had to collect things to get a word but we never even used them, we were given an audio clue saying we had already mentioned the word (a word that was just very in theme and something else early in the game hinted towards it). I wish instead he would have said 'go look at the things you have found and they will tell you what you need'. We were well ahead of time so I'm not sure why they went about it that way. 
Played: 19 May 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 43.09 Outcome: Successful escape!
😨creepy
A very classic 'British escape room' is how i would describe this game. It uses lots of common classic tropes you would expect to find in escape rooms from a couple years ago. Not necessarily a bad thing and great for those first timers, but not particularly challenging for enthusiasts. Did not find the game scary but enjoyable. The actor who came in the game and also gave audio clues was great, all in character and was quite funny. Some things looked like they were part of puzzles, and we even got a hint to go towards one and interact with it but as far as we are aware it didn't achieve anything in the game. In the intro I asked if all keys were single use and the response was 'one key will not open every lock in the game', which was a really confusing answer (all keys were single use after having played the game).  There was also no soap in the bathroom or paper towels, which isn't great when you have to put your hand in two different types of liquid as part of the game. I also cut my knuckle towards the end of the game, and quite loudly announced it, I had no response. 
Played: 12 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting😨creepy
A really fun game, made with passion. We managed with no clues which is always nice! Flowed really well and was just really enjoyable! They even got me an escake which was so lovely. The room had a nice ambience to match the theme and hosting was great.It’s possible with a team of 2, just ask and they can make accommodations which is always nice to know!  
Played: 12 Feb 2024 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56.30 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingfamily friendly
A nice solid game, homemade and very classic with padlocks and some good old fashioned hands on puzzles. There’s also some techy bits too so a nice range. The hosts were great and excited to see what else they will make. It’s possible with a team of 2, just ask and they can make accommodations which is always nice to know!  
Played: 29 Jan 2024 Team size: 5 Time taken: 2 mins left Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneystory-drivendangerousquite difficult👻scary
Left wanting more! This game was story driven and executed so well. I felt very immersed and stressed out (which was a good thing!). The actors in this game are so good at their jobs, you can see the passion. I’d so love to come back and play the sequels. It’s also nice to hear they will be updating a couple of elements in this game to iron out some kinks.I would give this game 5 stars if not for the danger. Me and my partner came out with a few bruises. There were foam pads in some crawl spaces that have been worn away over time, meaning there were a few dips and when exiting you’d whack your knees on metal that was sticking up. 
Played: 29 Jan 2024 Team size: 3 Time taken: 3 mins 10seconds left Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techoriginalquite difficult😨creepy
This was great! We played mansion first then had an hours break and went straight into bookstore. We were challenged throughout, over a 3 hour game and we had just 3 minutes to spare! Talk about getting your moneys worth. The set design, and range of spaces was very impressive. The story line was pretty random. 
There was a part in the game that may be triggering to some (domestic abuse) which i don't think is mentioned on the website. 
value for moneyoriginal
You must go into this game baring in mind that it was made 10 years ago. Some bits are worn and tired. But playing Mansion followed by bookstore is so worth it, as it allows you to see the progress made (plus the story will make more sense!). 
Someone does have to eat something in this game, there are no ingredients available so if any member of your party have food allergies just be aware of that. 
Played: 28 Jan 2024 Team size: 5 Time taken: 50 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-driven👻scary
Pretty intense, not as scary as expected. Definitely play if you get the chance, the actors do such a great job and really deserve the commendation.  I did find they used very loud music/sounds a bit too much- if you’re sensitive to that maybe wear earplugs as i did have a bit of sensory overload. There’s no emergency exits in this game (which they state at the start of the game almost as a good thing, this did bother me!). 
Played: 28 Jan 2024 Team size: 5 Time taken: 35 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techimmersivegreat hostingquite easy😨creepy
Please be aware there are tunnels in this game. I asked the company before booking and they told me ‘there’s nothing like that in our games’. So i was very disappointed i had been lied to as i have bad claustrophobia (specifically for tunnels!). Otherwise this is a solid game, the thought had clearly gone into the set design and finish of the game. Some good puzzles too, i would recommend
Played: 16 Dec 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 37 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginaloverpriced
A really beautiful game with some nice physical elements. All of their games are linked by a story which was cool. You can see a lot of time and money has gone into the set design, but i don’t think the prices should be as high as they are compared to other games i’ve done of the same standard. 
Played: 16 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 44 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersive

A very enjoyable game. The venue has a great set up with a story that gives a reason for the games to be there. 

Nice challenging puzzles but not too difficult, we did it with about a half a clue and plenty of time to spare.

Only con is that it’s Very expensive for two people, but the set design is great and you can see where the money has gone, just a little too steep for what you get in my opinion! 

Played: 21 May 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
originalfunnyvery difficult😨creepy

Lots of lovely zombie themed Easter eggs from TV shows and films, great music and soundtrack. There was a lot to do, and we were only given clues when we asked for them rather than the GM giving them if we were really behind, so this greatly hindered us in escaping as we didn't know how much was left. Had a really good time however.

Played: 21 May 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 57.49 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite difficult

Nice puzzles, small space which would probably bother some people but we didn't mind. You do require something I would consider as outside of general knowledge which was frustrating.  

Played: 24 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 39.39 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfunnyimmersive

Your classic rootin tootin wild west game. We flowed very well with this game, with no clues required but still having to think about some puzzles. Lovely ending to the game where you have a bit of fun. One prop was broken but we could still solve the puzzle. Built well and looks great too.

Played: 24 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

We had fun in this game, it’s nothing special, second part of the game felt very ‘worn’ with props having seen much better days. But you could tell it was built with passion, some basic and some clever puzzles which had our brains working. Liked the ‘clue system’ in the first part of the game and felt pretty immersed when ignoring the broken/worn props.

Played: 23 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56.30 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite difficult

This was probably my favourite out of the games we played at Escape Ipswich, though still some flaws.

Set design was nice, i don’t think the concept of the gameplay was explained all that well before we entered which hindered us slightly. My partner was obsessed with one puzzle for 90% of the game as he couldnt solve it (he’s big into casino games and i didnt really follow the normal rules/terminology of the game in real life which made it way more confusing than it needed to be). I solved everything else in the game whilst he was focussed on that, so it’s certainly not a game that requires a large group of people. 

The game started with a hint on the screen saying you may need to use some codes again so to leave them on the locks (never seen this before, would maybe have been better if you had something to write down on). 

I enjoyed some of the puzzles, and the feel of the room. Being punished on your total money at the end for the amount of clues you have is slightly annoying but didnt bother me all that much, but i know that it would for a lot of other people. 

Played: 23 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 50.35 Outcome: Successful escape!
😨creepy

A very average game, would suit first time players or if you have exhausted all other games in the area. The production design was pretty poor, the blood was done with what looked to be a red emulsion paint, the props had seen better days. I felt as though we were very much in an escape room plonked in a room rather than in the serial killers lair. We still spent plenty of time in the room and had to ponder with a couple puzzles requiring a few hints (though i feel some were required from lack of sign posting/illogical jumps), it just felt a little lack lustre & old compared to their other games. 

Played: 23 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53.44 Outcome: Successful escape!

Nice simple set design but immersive enough to feel like you’re in a sub. You do have to use something more than once, this isn’t mentioned in the briefing so we did waste a bit of time assuming it followed standard ER rules. That’s probably just an us problem though! There’s a couple difficult puzzles but nothing too strenuous, we were told we struggled on the easy puzzles & not the hard ones. One of the better games at Escape Ipswich.

Played: 23 Apr 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45.54 Outcome: Successful escape!
😨creepy

Some simple puzzles which are very easy to overcomplicate if you have played a lot of games, so probably more for beginners. We enjoyed the game but nothing amazing, quite a small room too. Accessibility: One person is required to crawl (they provide knee pads, but they were at the other end of the tunnel so a bit pointless, probably a reset issue) 

Played: 8th March 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 40

This concept had so much scope to be better. Some parts of the game were unique and could have been someones dream, other parts just felt like they were rooms taken out of generic escape rooms and plonked in which was disappointing. 

We did enjoy certain aspects of game, and there were fun moments, but the rest let it down.

The intro was weird. We were told to watch a video, the GM would come back into the room & repeat what the video says, another video played with the story, and the Gm came back in and did the same again. Ruined the immersion and was totally unnecessary. 

Played: 6th March 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 50

Really good fun, you can tell a lot of passion went into making this game a fantastic experience for experienced and new players alike. None of the puzzles were massively challenging but not too easy. Set design is great, and a unique theme too.

Played: 6th March 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 42 Outcome: Successful escape!

A unique one, 60% of this game is in pitch black. So you have to be hot on your communication skills and ability to stay organised in an attempt not to trip over props or one another. It’s all done by touch. I’m not sure i’d play another game like this as the gimmick would ware off, but i’m glad we played it. Very unique experience and challenging enough. 

Played: 18 Jan 2023 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivebroken techquite difficult

You step IMMEDIATELY into this game. So please, unlike me, make sure you use the bathroom before turning up. You do not see a human until the end of the game. 

Excluding my very full bladder, this game was a beautiful, fulfilling experience. The puzzles, the set design, the sheer size, scale and detail *chefs kiss*. 

You must play this game when in Barcelona, its ranking up there in my overall top 5. It was executed to such a high standard, no part of the game felt out of place (apart from the toilet, when i found it in the final room in a cupboard). 

Our only problem was the final thing you needed to do was broken, and there was a language barrier when explaining what had broken, the GM wasnt sure what we were saying so didnt come in to look at it/fix it, after playing such an amaaaazing game, having that one final piece of the puzzle and story not work was a let down. 

We normally play as a team of 2, but I do think a 3 or 4 works well for this one. It’s certainly possible with 2 though.

Played: 17 Jan 2023 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersiveillogical😨creepy

Adams review of this game is exactly how I felt when playing. 

Take this as an experience and you’ll get a lot more out of it.

It seems as though so much time, effort and money went into making this look beautiful that the puzzles were left behind somewhat. I wouldn't consider this an escape room, but a hybrid of immersive theatre meets video game.

It felt like we were walking through a game, we had been told my another GM at Alien to ensure we spend lots of time in the game exploring as much as possible. We got to see & experience all of the extra bits that weren't necessary to the gameplay, this world building was incredible. Though the other players wanted to power through (as you would in any escape room to get a good time), i had to strongly convince them to let us see it all, i was so glad I did. 

The end of the game was a bit of a let down due to the janky props and cheesy nature, albeit fun, it was too much of a contrast to the rest of the game.

Host/actor was great! Loved the interactions.

Also; bring a change of clothes and some wipes. You will get covered in dust/chalk and may have pen you wipe off of your skin.

Played: 17 Dec 2022 Team size: 6 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverstory-driven😨creepy

As a full disclaimer: I went as a group, this game had been booked for me and I did not see the info on the website before booking. Now, I would not have played this game had I known how claustrophobic it was going to be so my experience was swayed negatively by that. 

Safety was also a huge issue in this game, at the start you are individually in a confined space WITH NO OVERRIDE OR EMERGENCY EXIT, if there was a fire you wouldn't be able to get out unless you physically broke the wood/plastic in front of you (or solving the puzzle). Following the fire in Poland this is simply not acceptable. 

I had a panic attack at the start of this game, the game master did not radio through or come into the game to check on me, i had to solve the puzzle to get out; through tears, shaking and hysterics.  

The game design was amazing, it did feel like you were on a space ship, some of the props had clearly seen better days which ruined the immersion slightly. 

The puzzles were interesting in that for some of them you didn't necessarily need to complete but your performance effected the games outcome/story. I did like this aspect, but would have preferred to be told this information in advance. 

This game is quite disorientating, and again, if there was an emergency, you would not know how to get out. There are no fire exit signs, or seemingly even fire exits, you are at the full control of the GM, if anything happened to them, you’re stuck. 

There’s another very claustrophobic part towards the end of the game, after radioing the GM i was told to wait as technically only one person needs to do it so that was ok. The rest of the team went in and exclaimed about screws/nails that they had cut themselves on when crawling though the dark space. 

To summarise; don’t do this game if you struggle in small spaces and/or are concerned about your safety in an emergency. If that doesn't bother you, play this game! Its design is amazing, the puzzle are unique and engaging, you’ll have a really fun time! 

Played: 16 Jan 2023 Team size: 5 Time taken: 45
funnyquite easy

Having played the take over here, i found this game easier (though its supposed to be the hardest), still enjoyable and good fun. Though i find once you’ve played one game here it loses its wow factor, perhaps a bit gimmicky. 

Played: 16 Jan 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersivegreat hosting😨creepy

Smells! This room had different smells depending on the location/setting for each part (not relevant to gameplay) but such a lovely touch! Added another level to the immersion. 

We really enjoyed this game, found it a good level of difficulty, looked beautiful and fantastic host. 

Played: 14 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy

Nice space, not many original puzzles though. Wouldn't say it was incredibly difficult so don't let the difficulty rating put you off.

Played: 14 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersive

Really enjoyed this game, think it could be improved by more ghostly aspects but otherwise it was good fun.

Played: 14 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 53 Outcome: Successful escape!
original

Shot ourselves in the foot by ignoring some text written in Hungarian as we assumed it was only the English parts we needed, so massively overcomplicated a puzzle which took up loads of our time. Otherwise some good puzzles and great design, 

Played: 14 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy😨creepy

As a zombie lover I enjoyed this game, be aware there is a very vertical ladder which is quite difficult to climb up and down so if you have mobility issues you would definitely struggle. Think this game would be far more immersive if it was scarier. 

Played: 13 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Some good puzzles and nice design, nothing too original or exciting.

Played: 13 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
😨creepy

Found some parts of puzzles really frustrating. Set design was good.

Played: 13 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Some fun puzzles, nothing incredible but an fun and enjoyable game.

Played: 13 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 35 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalstory-driven

Definitely up there in my top 5. Unique puzzles and amazing set design. Great hosting too. Don't miss this game!

Played: 11 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivebroken techpoor hosting

I was really excited to do this room but was unfortunately let down by a dodgy puzzle and very poor game hosting. We spent a whole 30 minutes on one skill based puzzle, of which didn't make sense, the gamesmaster said to keep trying when we asked for help, two minutes later after being incredibly frustrated we asked for another clue, the GM then came into the room and just told us to try doing it quicker. Surprise surprise, we still couldn't do it. Asked for another clue, he came in again and tried to do the puzzle himself, couldn't, then just came back with a magnet and overrode the puzzle! Throughout the game we could hear him talking to someone, laughing and watching videos. Whenever we got a clue it was for something we had already done. Such a shame as the game itself was designed really well and looked so cool, just massively let down by poor hosting. 

Played: 12 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
cleverquite easy

I felt this game lacked a step perhaps at the end. Or maybe part of the room was broken or we managed to skip it somehow? It seemed there were some parts that looked very much like they were part of the game but we never used. Quite linear but one or two original ideas which made up for what it was lacking in elsewhere.

Played: 12 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 40 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuldangerous

Lovely set design but didn't find the puzzles all that original or challenging. Be aware there are three ladders in this game, so certainly not for those with mobility issues. Not a bad game but I wouldn't highly recommend it, much better games around.

Played: 11 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 30 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulhi-techimmersivequite easy

Fully immersive with a couple new bits we haven't seen elsewhere but most of the puzzles were straightforward. Loved the set design and interactivity, the company hid my ring box at the final part of the game so I could propose to my partner. I was quite stressed throughout the game with anticipation so I can't give much more detail on the game as I was so distracted! We found it easy but enjoyable, probably much more appealing to those with less experience. 

Played: 11 Dec 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulvalue for moneyfun

Really enjoyed this game, you can tell it was made with passion. We had a lot of fun, no clues needed so can't comment on that aspect. It was clearly 'hand made' but in a really good way, executed to a high standard. Hosting was great too and nothing negative to say!

Played: 18 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:43 Outcome: Successful escape!
smallquite difficult

Small room, decorations were quite sparse so not very immersive, but some tricky puzzles which kept us on our toes.

Played: 9 Oct 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyfunquite easy

A solid game with some nice theming, the Atlantis part is all uv paint/glow in the dark so if you don't like that or you struggle to see colours in that lighting then i would avoid. Nice host and some classic puzzles, quite a standard game, no massive wow factors or unique puzzles but enjoyable and no complaints from us.

Played: 9/6/22 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(
Well what an absolute GEM of a find this was. We ran 3 minutes over of the 80, yes EIGHTY minute game. It was jam packed with difficult and some new puzzles we had not come across before. The set design was great. The intro for the story was a bit lengthy but was nice to have a backstory and motive for why we were there. Couple of language barrier moments in both this game and the cinema but the host helped with translation but only when we asked via clue system. If in prague you must play at Lost Exit! Host was so lovely. 
Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalimmersive
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

Really loved this game, hosting was great, set design always amazing at chamber. Puzzles were fun, just had a good time!

Team size: 3 Outcome: Failed :-(
very difficult😨creepy
A good game with some very unique elements. Opted for the difficult version with a team of 3. That was a bad decision 😂. The host wouldn't show us the rest which was disappointing. 
Outcome: Successful escape!
poor hosting

Avoid this game. Terrible hosting, set design poor. 

Team size: 2
immersivegreat hosting
Radek was the most excellent host and actor, i don’t want to give much away about the game, but top notch GM-ing. We ended up being there for about 3 hours as we couldnt stop talking about escape rooms and the game after playing it.

I think reactor escape is an unknown gem of prague, so much thought has gone into it story wise and we enjoyed it all so much.
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