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Played: 2 Jun 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 38 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendly

I played all the other games at Escape Reality Glasgow within their first year of opening and had problems with all of them, from tech fails to the god-awful tablet hint system (which was then the only way to get hints, now its an optional method). So I've got to admit I didn't have very high expectations for their new room, but the fact that its been designed and built by the staff intrigued me.

The room is based on you looking into the disappearance of your weird friend, they guy who shares conspiracy theories on your social media and who thinks hes Fox Mulder (from X-Files). The brief was basically the above and to find out what happened to him...

We were given our tablet timer/hint system (sigh...) and we entered the room. Here I've got to admit I was surprised... in a good way. It was so much better than I expected (now, I have to clarify that I wasn't expecting much, but it was a decent production of a conspiracy theorists room). The puzzles were easily identifiable and there was clear signposing, so clear that at one point we skipped a stage, but that didn't detract from the flow at all.  
Puzzles are nicely themed, although theres nothing really that was startlingly innovative they were good solid puzzles. If you're looking for an in depth narrative then you're out of luck, but you do get the story progression thoughout the room. 

All in all I was quite impressed with the staff at Glasgow, they'd made a room and it works, in fact its my favourite room of the ones I've played there. I was so impressed that I repeatedly suggested that they're let loose on that Jungala room next to improve that (they tell me that its been improved since I played it, but I'm not brave enough to put myself through that torture again just to find out!).
Hopefully 'the powers that be' at Escape Reality will let them create another room soon.

Fun room and nicely themed to the Sweeny Todd story. Its a nice room for a couple of enthusiasts, but theres not enough space or content for larger groups. 

Played: 9 May 2022 Team size: 3.5 Time taken: 45 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting

The first avatar room I've played in ages, and I hadn't realised just how much I've missed them. The  Project Avatar team have done what they do best, create great entertainment. Using an existing escape room they've added their avatar and their twist on gameplay and produced an atmospheric adventure as you explore a haunted hotel trying to find the reason for the many spectral guests suddenly appearing.
Gameplay is very good, nice puzzles and our avatar was very subtle at signposting items and pointing you in the right direction, and theres no waiting around for fiddily locks to be opened. Any text or items you need to look at closely are put onto the screen during your game (no separate inventory here) and this makes it much more immersive as you're always looking at the gameplay.

Finally this is being hosted in Lviv, and playing this game supports both a Ukrainian company and their community. I look forward to playing their next room which is available at the end of May.
   

Played: 6 Apr 2022 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
clevermagical

Loved this room, its got all those little in-jokes and details that just enhance the experience and make it such a fun room to play. Keeping with the theme the puzzles are magical and theres a few moments where you'll want it to happen again as its so much fun. Theres a couple of puzzles/moments I'd love to tell you about but, you know... spoilers!

But what makes this room special is that they've got all the items you'd expect for a magicians room, but they haven't used the usual tropes, theres some rather inventive problems to solve.  The GM was very attentive and answered our questions in the room immediately, but let us solve things and didn't jump in with hints, which was most welcome as many GMs jump in too early.

Theres lots of room to move about and the gameplay is very open so this room really suits larger teams, the puzzles are quite varied too which also plays well with larger teams as everyone can find something they can do. Enthusiast teams of 2 will love it as they've got so much to do, but it can easily cope with an enthusiast team of 4.
Excellent game, well worth leaving the centre of Glasgow to visit.

I played the first incarnation of this game when it was based in Linlithgow and it has been significantly upgraded since then. The original was alot more historical with lots of lovely information on the life of Mary Queen of Scots, which suited the location perfectly (in the shadow of Linlithgow Palace), so it was nice to see that the historic aspect had been pared down for the Glasgow version (although I did miss it as I like that stuff, but it was alot of reading). 
The game is much more atmospheric with some lovely effects to enhance the room. Theres a nice variety of puzzles and not too much searching, and the game quickly opens up to allow teams to work on multiple puzzles. Its a lovely room for a team of 2-3 enthusiasts, but I wouldn't recommend more than 4 enthusiasts.    

Played: 18 Mar 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-driven😨creepy

A great game to play for two enthusiasts as there is plenty for two to do. Wonderfully creepy (for me) and if you're that way inclined there are points where you'll scream.  The production is great, and the puzzles are very well-themed for an orphanage, with maximum creepiness factor throughout. A great adventure!     

clever

Recently translated into English and we were the first non-French speakers to play. The game has good characterisation and plot, and the puzzles are logical. It is a linear game so it works well as an avatar room, the only downside I'd say is the camera work can be alittle erratic, but we put that down to the nerves of running the game for the first time in English.    

clevergreat hosting

A great room to play as you can get a full hour in there collecting DNA samples by solving puzzles or by just being very observant. The theming is good and there's a nice mix of puzzles, all of which are logical. Telescape isn't over used so you're not too distracted from the Avatar and her lovely nails.
I really enjoyed this one.

Played: 12 Jan 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-drivengreat hosting😨creepy

The Horrors of Crowley Manor is now a trilogy (or as we like to call it ... the #JusticeForLiam venue) and let me tell you was it worth the wait.

The story continues and both Ronnie and Liam return for more spooky shenanigans. As with the other remote games from Emergency Exit they excel with their hosting and the banter was just wonderful throughout. 

Add to this great sound and camera work and top it off with a seamless merging of realities and you've got a worthy successor of both Exorcist and the Beast.  The puzzles are well-themed to the narrative and are engaging and inventive.

If you've played the first two remote rooms then you'll appreciate the nods to the previous games. But don't worry if you haven't played the previous ones, as the narrative and gameplay of this room works as a standalone.

This is a MUST play avatar room. I loved this game so much that I'm going to come back in a few weeks' time (with a different team) to enjoy it again. 

Played: 1 Nov 2015
Played: 20 Jun 2021
clever
Played: 20 Jun 2021
cleverstory-driven
Played: 20 Jun 2021
clever
cleverfamily friendlychristmas

Wonderfully themed room where you feel like you're in a wood cabin/lodge and you need to whip up a batch of magic reindeer food. Great Christmassy puzzles and a Buble soundtrack for you to sing along to, whats not to love?

family friendly

A lovely family-friendly room themed around a granny's living room. If you played the 2020 In Time Christmas game then you'll find it rather familiar, but it has been improved. Great fun and perfect for newbies and younger players.

christmas

A Christmas version of their Ghostly Galleon room, nicely themed for the festive season but the puzzles are very very similar.

Played: 7 Dec 2021 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
funnygreat hostingchristmas

Played Elfin Mistake last year as an Avatar room and had to come back for this years updated version to see the lovely elves Lorna and Jo. If you played last year you'll find the story, room and telescape interface rather familiar, and maybe one or two of the puzzles too (if you've a good memory) but there's lots of new stuff in there to play. Its a great way to get a festive escape room fix and is perfect to play with newbies or the family.

We had the best time laughing and joking with our Avatar elves who were definitely up for some banter and gave as good as they got... we were having so much of a laugh that we almost ran out of time! 
Thanks for the laughs Lorna and Jo, I have missed your madcap mayhem avatar style! 

A Halloween special where you visit rooms you may find familiar as you try to solve the mystery. Some excellent use of darkness and some nods to their previous avatar offerings. Excellent scary fun.

Outcome: Successful escape!
clever

Played the updated version of the Pyramid and the puzzles haven't gotten any easier, but more team interaction is now allowed. Great hosting and lots of fast pace puzzling to keep the adrenaline levels high. Great fun.

family friendly

Played the avatar version. Fun room with a retro games theme and good puzzles, some nice new features added to the telescape too make it more interactive.  Good host too.

family friendlychristmas

Played the avatar game, nicely themed with some inventive puzzles, and its a Christmas game... and I LOVE Christmas games. Good hosting as usual too 

Outcome: Successful escape!

Have I told you how much I LOVE Christmas rooms? Well... I do, I LOVE them, they're bright and glittery and have music you can sing to and they make you smile. They're the escape room equivalent of a lovely warm hot chocolate with all the toppings, and this one does that nicely.

The puzzles are wonderfully themed and are quite inventive, there's lots of puzzles you can access at the same time, so everyone can solve something and there's the most wonderful team photo opportunity at the end. Whats not to love?

story-driven

A faithful rendition of the Sweeny Todd story, the room production is good and the theming is atmospheric and well built. The room is a little dark, but lanterns are provided which help immensely. The narrative progresses well and the puzzles fit nicely into the story.

The room has literally just opened when we played so we had a couple of gameplay niggles, mostly in the latter stages, but I've allowed for these in the scoring.  

A more cerebral take on the "kidnapped by a serial killer" theme, with some interesting puzzles and a decent narrative. Gameplay was very good and it has a satisfying finale, well worth playing before it closes.

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