The Magician by The MacGuffin Project – Bournemouth

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

Another really enjoyable room by MacGuffin. As with their other rooms, they create a fantastic atmosphere with their setting. The puzzles followed a clear logical sequence and there were a nxjd range. The quality of the puzzles varied – some were well made but others were on the cheaper side. We did enjoy this room but preferred the other ones Macguffin have to offer.

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-6

Escape room number: #33
Completed: February 2020
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 37mins 48secs

Cell Block C by Clue HQ – Bournemouth

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

Another great escape room by Clue HQ. The design of the set and game are very good. There is an extra twist at the beginning which I don’t want to spoil but it was enjoyable to solve. The variety of clues also meant we had to work to our strengths for some clues and work as a whole team for others. Another brilliant, highly enjoyable game. And we got the record again too!

Game stats:
Allocated game time:60 mins
Players: 2-6
Best time: 29 mins 48 secs

Escape room number: #24
Completed: December 2019
Team: 2 adults, 2 teens
Escaped?: yes
Time: 29mins 48 secs (record)

Bunker 38 by Clue HQ – Bournemouth

Overall rating: 8/10
Puzzle quality: 4/5
Puzzle range: 3/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 4/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

This was a great escape room. The puzzles were well designed, followed a clear logical order and provided enjoyment for all ages. Clues were only given when asked for and we would definitely recommend this escape room!

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-6
Best time: 30 mins 33secs

Escape room number: #23
Completed: December 2019
Team: 2 adults & 2 teens
Escaped?: yes
Time: 30 mins 33 secs (record)

Psycho Surgeon Escape by U-escape – Bournemouth

Overall rating: 9.5/10
Puzzle quality: 5/5
Puzzle range: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-5
Success rate: 76%
Difficulty: 4/5

Escape room number: #19
Completed: December 2019
Team: 4 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: fastest time on record

Another amazing room by U-escape. A great range of puzzles in a very immersive room. The puzzles follow a clear, logical sequence. Overall, a brilliant room we would definitely recommend.

The Barber Shop Mystery by U-escape – Bournemouth

Overall rating: 9.5/10
Puzzle quality: 5/5
Puzzle range: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Gamemaster: 4/5

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-6
Success rate: 76%
Difficulty rating: 4/5

Escape room number: #18
Completed: November 2019
Team: 4 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 3rd best time

An absolutely amazing escape room. Great theming and puzzles which glowed seamlessly. We loved this escape room and thoroughly recommend it!

M.A.R.V.O. Induction by Marvo Mysteries – Bournemouth (new site)

A slightly different review this time. Given the story we were going to be “testers” for Marvo’s new site, my boyfriend and I turned up very excited.

We explored the new site which has been created fantastically, with all hand made probs. It is a real labour of love. The escape room was also even better than before with tweaks making it more immersive and the game itself flows even more smoothly.

Towards the end of the game, where an item is supposed to be retrieved, the item turned out to be a ring!! My boyfriend’s face came on the screen with a prerecorded message, still in with the theme of the game. He got down on one knee and of course, I said yes. I then had the option of sending the ring or the empty box back down the tube.

The most surreal part was having to them complete the last few minutes of the escape room – I was in a complete daze.

When we exited the room, my family were in the lobby and we were greeted with balloons and fizz.

An experience like no other and the first escape room proposal in Bournemouth – we even made the Echo!

I am fully aware that this is a completely geeky way to get engaged but completely captured us as a couple. It was personal, unique and so much fun!

A huge thank you to the Marvo owners for all their hard work. It was amazing to get engaged and it was also amazing to have an escape room personalised to us!

Overall rating: 10/10 obviously!
Puzzle quality: 5/5
Puzzle range: 5/5
Storyline: 5/5 – 5 isn’t enough!
Immersive quality: 5/5
Difficulty: 4/5
Gamemaster: 5/5 – 5 isn’t enough!

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 minutes
Players: 3-8
Success rate: 39%
Difficulty: challenging

Escape room number: #14
Completed: October 2019
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes