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

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

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

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)

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

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