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%

From Beyond by Elusion – Southampton

Having completed Cursed Waters we rushed back the next day to have a go at From Beyond.

There were some great clues and some that we needed help with to connect the dots. Whilst not as seemless at their other rooms, it does work on a brilliant concept which would excite fans of Sranger Things.

We managed to escape the room by skipping a couple of clues and working out missing combinations in other ways. Despite this, we still really enjoyed the room and would recommend Elusion as a fantastic company in Southampton.

Escape room number: #47
Completed: June 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 45 minutes

Overall rating: 7/10
Puzzle quality: 3/5
Puzzle range: 3/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 3/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins

Cursed Waters by Elusion – Southampton

A very fun room by Elusion Escape Rooms in Southampton. Set in the subterranean caverns, you are tasked with followong in the footsteps of an old friend who has been missing for a long time.

The set up is very imaginative and the clues were largely very logical and to follow. There are some some great effects and surprises as you move through the room and the final task leaves you with a difficult decision to make.

There are a great range of puzzle types with some physical, some ciphers and codes and some logic needed! We did need a clue or two so we enjoyed the level of challenge it provided. We managed to get out in 49 minutes and definitely left with that escape room buzz!

Escape room number: #46
Completed: June 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 49 mins

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: 60 mins
Players: 3-8

Hexmore School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by Houdini’s – Southampton

Finally, we have made it back to the world of escape rooms after lockdown struck again and we really missed them this time.

When we found out that Houdini’s had created a new room, we knew we had to have a go ASAP as we have done all of the others and loved them.

This room is Houdini’s answer to a Harry Potter style room and the set up does not disappoint. Split into two classes – Potions Class and Spell Casting – you have to work your way through clues to earn your place in the Hexmore School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

You are greeted by a house prefect who takes you through the school rules and then you make your way to the impressive entrance of the great school which sets the scene fantastically. You then go down the enchanted corridors and enter the first class. Without giving too much away, the spell casting room in particular has some fun surprises. Overall they use some excellent decor, props, technology and effects to make the experience really immersive.

As Houdini’s rooms go, this is one of their easiest but that makes it perfect for a family activity that children as well as adults can enjoy.

Escape room number: #45
Completed: June 2021
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 35 mins

Overall rating: 7.5/10
Puzzle quality: 3/5
Puzzle range: 3.5/5
Storyline: 4.5/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 2/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-8

Best time: 35 mins (team of 2); 15 mins (team Of 8)

Timelock by Locked in a Room – Southampton

Escape room number: #44
Completed: October 2020
Team: 4 adults, 1 child
Escaped?: yes
Time: approx 48 minutes (from memory)

Overall rating: 7/10
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: 2-6 (we’d recommend 2-3)
Success rate: high

Difficulty: 🔐🔐🔐

We loved Locked In A Room from the moment we walked in. As we entered, we were met by the lovely and energetic gamemasters who were so welcoming and full of enthusiasm.

As slightly crazed scientists, we had to work our way through clues to discover Professor Pottenger’s secret and escape the room in 60 minutes.

The Locked In A Room games are all linear which makes them really logical and avoids any confusion. This does mean that the room is slightly easier and that all participants can only work on one clue at a time. We found that as a team of 4, some of us were hanging around a bit whilst the others worked on a puzzle. For this reason, it would be enjoyed best by smaller teams of 2 or 3.

The room itself is intriguing with a traditional study feel crossed with the eccentric scientific world of Prof. Pottenger. There is a good range of puzzle styles with some cypher, some hunting, some practical and some logic. We did find, however, that it was slightly repetitive in that for each one solved, you would be given the next clue on a laminated piece of paper.

Locked In A Room offer 2 different rooms – Timelock and Parallax. However, they have 4 rooms of each meaning that there is the opportunity to go head to head with other teams. A great idea!

We escaped in 40-something minutes which reflects the moderate level of difficulty. We had a child as part of our team so went at quite a slow but steady pace so it can be done in a much quicker time.

Overall, a great room and we will definitely be returning to have a go at Parallax very soon!

Mayan by Other World Escapes – Southampton

Overall rating: 7/10
Puzzle quality: 4/5
Puzzle range: 5/5
Storyline: 3/5
Immersive quality: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 3/5

We enjoyed this escape room. The set and puzzles were well designed and brought the Mayan theme to life. The story was clear and hints were only given when we asked for them. The best quality of this room is that it incorporates clues that use all of the senses. A very enjoyable room that was suitable for our team which included two teens.

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-8

Escape room number: #35
Completed: March 2020
Team: 2 adults, 2 teens
Escaped?: yes
Time: 43 mins 13 secs

The Pandora Heist by Elusion – Southampton

Overall rating: 9.5/10
Puzzle quality: 5/5
Puzzle range: 5/5
Storyline: 5/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 4/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

This was a brilliant room with excellent theming, props and puzzles. It has the perfect mix of historical and modern, using technology to enhance the experience. As well as the aim of escaping within 60 minutes, there is the added challenge of working out which artefacts to steal for the biggest financial gain. We would highly recommend this escape room – it was a lot of fun to complete.

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 3-8

Escape room number: #34
Completed: March 2020
Team: 4 adults
Escaped?: yes

Escape from Titanic by Houdini’s – Southamoton

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

Another great escape room by Houdini’s. This was a very immersive escape room with different parts of the Titanic ship forming the setting. The story was used well and gave a sense of urgency. The puzzles were good and well planned but none of them particularly stood out as clever or unique. Overall, not our favourite from Houdini’s, but a good one nonetheless.

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 90 mins
Players: 4-7
Success rate: 38%

Escape room number: #31
Completed: January 2020
Team: 4 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 1h 9m

Escape from Alcatraz by Houdini’s – Southampton

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

This was a fantastic escape room! You are greeted by the Gamemaster who is already in character. Even the waiting room is immersive and then you are taken through to an old fashioned cinema for the introduction. The room itself is very immersive with a brilliant range of puzzles. Some puzzles were straight forward and others were hard. Hints were only given when asked so we went at a pace suited to our team. We would highly recommend this escape room!

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 4-7

Difficulty: 91/100
Success rate: 21%

Escape room number: #5
Completed: July 2019
Team: 4 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 51 mins 30