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

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

Laboratory of Biohazard by OMEscape NYC

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

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 70 mins
Players: 4-8
Difficulty rating: 3 out of 4

This was a great room which we thoroughly enjoyed when in New York. It consisted of 4 small rooms with a good range and quality of puzzles. The puzzles were a good level of challenge but still very logical! We would definitely recommend it.

Escape room number: #9
Completed: July 2019
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 58m 47s