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REVIEW: Escape Escapades

REVIEW: Escape Escapades

Tired of lockdown, try getting locked in! We just love the creativity that people have shown over the past year and Mike from Escape Escapades is no exception. Providing online escape room adventures for groups of up to eight, this is a unique way for friends, families and colleagues to work together and flex that grey matter (literally).

As with physical escape rooms, the mission is to get out alive through a series of problem-solving games and teamwork…and a basic understanding of video conferencing – I think we’ve all got used to that! 

First of the 3 rooms available is “Murder Investigation Team” and as fans of BBC’s ‘Line of Duty’ this definitely caught our attention. One dead body, two detectives, six locations and no time to waste. Each puzzle solved provides a clue to unlock the next room, complete them all and bring the assailant to justice.

You can get clues to help you along the way if you get stuck but everything you need is within the game. We love escape rooms and we’ve enjoyed lots over the last few years. We did find the rooms varied in difficulty and “Murder Investigation Team” was our speediest attempt. If you are new or a beginner in the genre, this is the perfect place to start, and would be great to attempt as a family.

Next up is “Grey Matter”. This is packed with puzzles and riddles that require you to use your analytical skills. It took a little longer for us to complete this game and we really enjoyed the variety of puzzles.

The most challenging was “19 Granby Row”. For readers based in the North West, and particularly Manchester, this is not only a fun game, but a fascinating guide through Mancunian history. The challenge takes us back to 1908 and you're in Manchester to investigate the theft of a secret recipe!

Your job is to track down the thief by following his path around this historical city.  I’m not going to give too much aware, but if you know the Vimto Garden based on Granby Row you will thoroughly enjoy this game. There’s loads of detail and, having lived here for 20 years (7 years on Granby Row). it’s even taught us a couple of things.

This is great all-round original fun and entertainment for all escapologists, and the audio element really brings these games to life. Now your locked in, trying getting out and head over to https://www.mysteryescapades.com for an entertaining evening.

April 2021

Dean Thomas-Lowde. 

Garry Thomas-Lowde.

Published: 22-Apr-2021 (6191)

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