Peter Hoare

Played: 18 Feb 2024 Time taken: Not sure Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalbroken tech
I didn't realise escape rooms could be this bad. It shouldn't be allowed - if this was your first escape room ever, you'd never do another one.
Half the puzzles didnt work and were out of action, effectively written out of the game, there was zero chance you woudl complete this without practically being talked through it by the game master. It was horrendous. So bad that as soon as we walked out, we booked another room somewhere else in Reading. Couldn't leave on such a downer 
Played: 18 Feb 2024 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalstory-drivengreat hostingquite difficult
Another good time trap room, great storyline and premise, original and unexpected. Some really good puzzles, and the hosting/clue giving was really thoughtful and well timed. Im sad I have run out of Timetrap rooms now. 
Played: 28 Dec 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 52 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalstory-drivenquite difficult

The two parallel rooms is clever, and I think the first ive ever done where you go out of the room during the game...?! 

Think pudding lane is better, but this is still worth doing. 

Played: 17 Dec 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 59 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techintensequite difficult

The room initially felt like it was going to be an absolute nightmare, but turned out to be fairly logical and not too hard to get through. The second stage had the same feeling to begin with but as long as you read all the instructions you find, its not too bad. There was one glitchy bit of technology that held us up a bit though. 

Played: 17 Dec 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 59 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulgreat hostingmagical

Really amazing design, and a lot of very clever technology that all worked properly. Hosting was great from an actual live magical wizard in very convincing beard and green cloak, who looked similar but not identical to the guy that showed us in when we arrived. 

Played: 17 Dec 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 59 Outcome: Successful escape!
intensequite difficult

Quite hard, a lot of teamwork and communication required. Lots of yelling round corners and through walls. The music and effects ramped up as time ran out which was fun. Good hosting. 

Played: 7 Dec 2023 Team size: 3 Time taken: 59.55 Outcome: Successful escape!

Makes it to the top of the list for strange locations for an escape room - its in a kind of mezanine area overlooking a large family swimming pool, and you access it by walking through the pool room...! 

Nice room though, air conditioned which was very welcome as it was very hot everywhere else because of the pool. Theming was fine, not the kind of room you walk into and your jaw drops, but the game was fun, puzzles were mostly good, some were quite hard to understand. 

One weird thing though, the game master would just randomly come in the room to near enough help us. Never had that before. Clues were delivered via a screen, but sometimes, the GM would just walk in and give the clues that way. I thought that was rather strange. It breaks character and kind of ruins the flow. 

Played: 5 Dec 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 47 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalstory-drivengreat hosting

This is the second instalment of the same storyline, although a totally different setting and theme (which makes total sense within the context of the story). The theming is immersive, and has a great ending, as did the part 1 room. The gamemaster was excellent, clearly paying very close attention, and the clues were helpful without giving too much away. We felt the clues we did need still left a lot of working out to be done, so we didn't feel like we had cut any major corners by asking for clues once or twice. Apparently there will be a third part to the story available next year, and we will certainly be back. 

Played: 29 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalstory-drivengreat hosting

The third room of the day at clue cracker and just as good as the other two. I realise that diamond heist theme is quite common, but I have not done one before, and it feels to me like this one will be hard to beat. 

The puzzles all make sense, not too obvious but when you get it, you know youre on the right track. The hosting was great, immersive and well themed. Great ending too. Again similar to the other rooms, some great hidden technology that you don't know is there until it starts doing its thing, and it was always a nice surprise every time. 

Played: 29 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 62 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really creative theme and room, some of the best, most reliable and most well hidden and surprising motion and technology ive seen. 

The storyline and the theme is really interesting and unexpected, and there are several moments in the game where something totally unexpected happens, the plot twists and the room really shows off its hidden technology. 

Loved it. 

Played: 29 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 73 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulfunnygreat hostingquite difficult

A difficult room to do with two people, a lot to do, lots of areas and lots of puzzles that all need to be completed at some point or another (not necessarily in a particular order). The room is very well looked after, everything works and the theming is all in perfect condition. There is some amazing projection and interactive technology too. 

The thing that really makes this though is the hosting, there is a a character that guides you through, voiced very well by the GM, and if you want, you can more or less have back and forth conversations with this character which was really fun. 

Played: 8 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 70 Outcome: Successful escape!
hi-techoriginalgreat hostingquite difficult

An amazingly well put together room, surprisingly realistic and the motion was entirely unexpected and very impressive (they do warn you about this before you go in). A lot of searching and a lot of stuff to piece together. I didn't feel the story was particularly strong, in fact, I cant even remember what the story was, but there is plenty to remember about the game. Well worth doing. 

Played: 8 Nov 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 65 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivegreat hostingquite difficult

This room is rather surprising, amazingly themed and built, with features you will never see again in any escape room. The puzzles were sometimes a little hard to get started with, and there were some moments of frustration, but the host was amazing and the clues were a gentle nudge rather than telling us the answer. There were only two of us, and we ran over time a little bit but I dont feel to bad about that. There is a lot to do and see. 

This room is also unique in that everyone gets to take a little bit of it home with them, wether they like it or not. Not in their pockets, but between your toes and in your shoes ;-) 

Played: 26 Oct 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: 57 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneygreat hosting

Interesting set up in a kind of shared arts space in an old office building, quite unexpected. This room is probably the most analogue room I have seen, with some puzzles manually operated by the GM who is literally sitting in a little false wall room in the corner...! It was gloriously low tech but the puzzles were all challenging, creative and unique. 

Our GM (like Paris but with a K) was great, was clearly involved in the business, and after we were done, she gave us a detailed rundown of how we performed, recalling moments during the game in very high levels of detail, saying how well we had done certain tasks, remembered all our names too, which is something i've not seen yet. 

Will be back for the other rooms. 

Played: 17 Oct 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 52 Outcome: Successful escape!

This is probably the only room ive done (ive not done loads but enough to spot a trend) that actually looks like what it is supposed to be. They say its a 1980s teenagers bedroom, and thats exactly what it looks like. The music is great, the room is very well looked after. 

The whole thing is very padlock orientated, lots of codes and keys. A good ending too. 

Having said that, I feel it would be virtually impossible to finish this with zero help from the GM. There is some moments that are just so out there that I don't think you would ever work out how to start a puzzle without some guidance. 

Will be back for the other rooms soon. 

Played: 11 Oct 2023 Team size: 2 Time taken: 56 Outcome: Successful escape!

I have not done anywhere near as many rooms as some of you guys have, so maybe my view of this is skewed, but I thought this room was really good. Its small, so teams of maybe 3 or more may struggle, but for our group of two of us, it was perfect. 

Probably the most developed storyline ive seen so far, and the whole part one and part two thing is really clever, I read on the website about that and thought, how can those two stories possibly link, but they've managed it. 

Theres a few moments where something didn't work as expected and the GM had to come into the room at one point to whack something for us to get it to work, which is a shame, but that really isn't the moment I remember most about this room. 

Very much looking forward to going back to do part 2.