Lockdown #3 has seen us missing the thrill of escape rooms again. It was an obvious choice for us to have a go at M.A.R.V.O’s online offering.
With 3 in our team, we were tasked with putting our technical, practical and problem solving skills to the test. Although we got off to a quick start, there were plenty of challenges ahead. We were excited to recognise some familiar locations from the Marvo Mysteries escape room in Bournemouth that we know and love.
Having finished phase one, we were keen to get straight on with phase 2 of the operation and completed both in approximately 1 hour and 20 mins.
We were really amazed by the impressive interface, fantastic graphics and seamless interaction. A definite recommendation for a fun night in with friends (whether that be in person or virtually).
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!
Game stats: Allocated game time: 60 mins Players: 3-8 Success rate: 39%
As our first amazing escape room together, this one really sticks in our minds as one of our ultimate favourites.
The immersive experience begins right from the introduction with the gamemasters in character and the story set in a magical and atmospheric way.
The rooms themselves have fantastic puzzles which follow a clear and logical progression without relying on any random guess work. We were able to move seamlessly from one clue to the next, keeping us engaged and our minds working overtime. This room is the perfect combination of traditional escape room decor and padlocks mixed with newer electronics and technology.
To add to the immersive experience, players are given a fantastic way of asking for help. From our experience, clues were not given too frequently but were available when needed to allow the game to continue at a great pace.
Overall, it was a fantastic escape room and a lot of fun was had by all. We would definitely recommend Marvo to our friends!
Our stats: Escape room number: #3 Completed: March 2019 Team: 4 adults Escaped?: Yes Time: 54 mins
As escape room enthusiasts based in Bournemouth, England, we take any opportunity we can to have a go at live escape rooms as well as boxed escape games.
Our slightly geeky obsession started just over a year ago when we both completed our first escape room, separately with friends. We both left buzzing with excitement and finding ourselves thinking about the games we had just played over and over again. We had always loved board games and puzzles which involved variety, a bit of extra thinking and an immersive story so when the escape room phenomenon was born, we were always going to become hooked. From our first escape experience, we knew that a new- yet expensive- hobby had been found!
Our love of escape rooms was topped when, with the help of fantastic owners and gamemasters, a unique and exciting marriage proposal was planned in Bournemouth’s top escape room – Marvo Mysteries. The ring and the question were so cleverly integrated into the Marvo storyline and it definitely created the surprise and emotions that were intended. The answer was yes and we were engaged!
Loads of our friends have commented that we should start a blog to record our escape room hobby. And so here we are. We are mainly doing this for us but if anyone else finds this useful, that’s a bonus!