Our Finest Hour by Escape Hunt – Basingstoke

Our last Escape Hunt room of the day was Our Finest Hour. We had deliberately left the hardest room until last.

This room has fantastic military theming and requires you to combine different clues from different parts of the room. It has some fantastic wartime props and technology which helps you to feel transported back to 1942.

It was definitely a hard room but this time for all of the right reasons. The puzzles were tricky and in depth but still very logical. We managed to make it out in 47 mins and 10 secs which put us at the top of the leaderboard again.

Overall, our visit to Escape Hunt today has been brilliant and we would recommend most of the rooms. The staff were lovely. Our GM Lucy was very friendly and fantastic and the manager also gave us some free drinks as we had booked all 4 rooms. We will definitely go back when their new room opens soon!

Escape room number: #57
Completed: September 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 47 mins 10 secs

Overall rating: 8.5/10
Puzzle quality: 4/5
Puzzle range: 4/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 5/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Success rate: 35%
Best time: 47 mins 10 secs this month

Alice in Puzzleland by Escape Hunt – Basingstoke

This room saw both us and Escape Hunt redeem ourselves with an amazing game of Alice in Puzzleland.

Tasked with freeing the Mad Hatter and finding the lost jam tarts, we entered the room and were immediately impressed by the amazing set. There were some fantastic puzzles and again only one padlock in sight!

This time, the room was much more logical and flowed seamlessly from one clue to the next.

We smashed it in 29 minutes and 34 seconds which we were told was not only this month’s record but the fastest time the gamemasters had seen in Basingstoke ever.

Escape room number: #56
Completed: September 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 29 mins 34 secs

Overall rating: 9/10
Puzzle quality: 4/5
Puzzle range: 5/5
Storyline: 5/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Best time: 29mins 34 secs

Aladdin by Escape Hunt – Basingstoke

Our second room of the day was Aladdin. As before, the theming and immersion were very good. Some of the puzzles were enjoyable and logical however several again just required guess work. There were also some things you had to do which there were no clues for at all.

Whilst we love a challenging room, the difficulty needs to come from the complexity of logical puzzles rather than having to guess what to do.

Our downfall was that we were looking for the logical when it wasn’t actually there.

We couldn’t help but feel disappointed with this room overall.

Escape room number: #55
Completed: September 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 58 mins 42 secs

Overall rating: 6/10
Puzzle quality: 2/5
Puzzle range: 3/5
Storyline: 3/5
Immersive quality: 3/5
Difficulty: 4/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Best time this month: 38 mins

Blackbeard’s Treasure by Escape Hunt – Basingstoke

Our first room of the day was Blackbeard’s Treasure, a pirate themed room with the aim of recovering the treasure.

The theming was great with lighting and sound effects to create a fantastic atmosphere. We like that it didn’t rely too heavily on padlocks.

It was mostly a straightforward room but we did find that some puzzles were just down to guesswork with no direction about what you had to do. The only way to find out what was required was by asking the GM for a clue which shouldn’t be the case in good room.

Overall, we still enjoyed the experience and it was a good start to our day.

Escape room number: #54
Completed: September 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 34mins 56secs (3rd on the leaderboard)

Overall rating: 7.5/10
Puzzle quality: 3/5
Puzzle range: 4/5
Storyline: 3/5
Immersive quality: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Success rate: 40%
Best time this month: approx 32 mins 26 secs

Jack the Ripper by Mystery Room – Split, Croatia

Following the story of Jack the Ripper, we were tasked to find the names and dates of his victims and then his true identity in order to get out.

This room had some amazing props and a brilliant atmosphere which made it feel much more immersive than Diocletianus. Again, I was annoyed at how long the final clue took us as we should have solved it much more quickly but we still managed a decent time in what was a tricky room. This was definitely our favourite of the two!

Escape room number: #53
Completed: August 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 62 mins 28 secs (12m 32 secs left)

Overall rating: 8/10
Puzzle quality: 4/5
Puzzle range: 4/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 4/5
Difficulty: 4/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 75 mins
Success rate: 38%
Best time: approx 40 mins

Diocletianus by Mystery Room – Split, Croatia

The last part of our honeymoon took us to Split! This room is set in historical Split, in the basement of the famous Diocletian’s Palace and sees you trying to escape whilst collecting 8 ancient coins.

The best thing about this room is that there is a vast range of puzzle types and styles. It is definitely suited to the more maths minded players as there are several that require those logical problem solving skills.

We were annoyed at ourselves for missing a couple of hidden keys but we were chuffed overall with our time of 13 minutes and 49 seconds remaining (not bad when the success rate is only 40%).

Whilst a little tired in places, the room was very enjoyable and it was brilliant that they incorporated the local theme.

We had a bit of a nightmare with transport on the way there but the Mystery Room were really flexible and understanding, letting us change our booking at last minute. Great customer service!

Escape room number: #52
Completed: August 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 61 mins 11 secs (13m 49 secs left)

Overall rating: 7.5/10
Puzzle quality: 3/5
Puzzle range: 4/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 3/5
Difficulty: 4/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 75 mins
Success rate: 40%
Best time: approx 35 mins

Escape Room at TUI BLUE Adriatic Beach – Croatia

For part of our honeymoon we wanted a few days at a relaxing all inclusive so when choosing a hotel, we had to book the one with an escape room – obviously.

The room itself is a 30 minute, unmanned room next to the beach which costs guests only €4 each to play.

It consisted of 4 independent puzzles which you solve in sequence and then use these to solve one final riddle. The puzzles themselves were very simple but still fun to play although there was a slight issue with one – relying on condensation in a hot climate doesn’t always work! We should have completed the room in about 11 minutes had this worked but it added 5 mins onto the time.

We still really enjoyed it and for such a cheap price, we were glad to have had a go.

Escape room number: #51
Completed: August 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?:yes
Time: 16 mins 28 seconds

Overall rating: 6/10
Puzzle quality: 3/5
Puzzle range: 3/5
Storyline: 3/5
Immersive quality: 2/5
Difficulty: 1/5
Gamemaster: NA

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 30 mins

Secret Treasure of Dubrovnik by Puzzle Punks – Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Our 2nd game at Puzzle Punks was very enjoyable. We were slightly worried at the start as the couple before us (who had similar experience to us) only just escaped in 56 mins with lots of clues. We didn’t want this to be our first fail!

Our mission was to find the secret treasure of Dubrovnik which had been buried in the terrible earthquake. Luckily, we got off to a quick start and even solved a couple of puzzles by accident so managed a time of 36 minutes!

Whilst not as immersive or atmospheric as their GOT room, it was great to explore some of the history of Dubrovnik and to play a different style of game. This one was non-linear and so was made up of more puzzles and a range of styles.

Unfortunately we didn’t get a photo so here is one of Dubrovnik old town.

We really enjoyed this room and would highly recommend it!

Escape room number: #50
Completed: August 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 36 minutes

Overall rating: 7.5/10
Puzzle quality: 4/5
Puzzle range: 4/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 3/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-5
Difficulty (according to GM): 4/5

Save King’s Landing by Puzzle Punks – Dubrovnik, Croatia

So we couldn’t go on honeymoon without seeing what Croatia had to offer in terms of escape games. As fans of Game of Thrones, we had picked Dubrovnik as our first location. We, of course, had to try their GOT inspired room – Save King’s Landing. Based on events from season 2, we had to find the wildfire to ensure that Tyrion’s army could defend themselves against Stanis Baratheon’s attack at Blackwater Bay (which was partly filmed at Old Town Dubrovnik).

From the second we entered the room, we loved it! The props and decor were phenomenal. With inspiring books about the great houses of Westeros, house banners and old wooden and iron props, we were transported to the seven Kingdoms.

The room itself takes a linear strategy and it seemlessly flowed from one puzzle to the next. The puzzles themselves were imaginative, immersive and there wasn’t a coded padlock in sight!

Our GM was also welcoming and interesting to talk to, an experienced escape room player himself. He let us complete the room without interference and we luckily didn’t need to ring the “bell of shame” for a clue.

We finished with just over 27 mins to spare, which was a quick time but we loved it nonetheless.

Escape room number: #49
Completed: August 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 32 mins

Overall rating: 8.5/10
Puzzle quality: 5/5
Puzzle range: 4/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2

Seven Sins by Elusion – Southampton

This time we went head to head. Hens vs stags, albeit 3 weeks apart. It was tough going first and not being able to talk about the room for that amount of time!

The room itself was dark and sinister with a gruesome setting that didn’t leave much to the imagination! The task is to work your way through the 7 sins whilst collecting items needed to escape. Clues can only be asked for as a trade.

The theming, clues and concepts are all brilliant and this turned out to be one of the best rooms we had completed in a while. It was very well thought out, worked seemlessly and gave us that rush of adrenaline that we had missed over lockdown. Better still, many of the hens and stags who had not completed escape rooms before, were inspired to do more.

To the girls annoyance, the boys smashed it in 42 minutes (compared to the girls’ 57 minutes) although both times are quite impressive with only a 30% success rate overall. Highly recommended!

Escape room number: #48
Completed: July 2021
Team: 5 adults/ 6 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 57 mins/ 42 mins

Overall rating: 9/10
Puzzle quality: 5/5
Puzzle range: 4/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 5/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Success rate: 30%