Exit: The Game by Kosmos

We discovered Exit games on a slightly disappointing escape room weekend break we had taken. The rooms, which we were really looking forward to, we’re good but did not blow us away and so we were left feeling a bit dissatisfied. At the hotel, they sold Exit games and so we decided to buy one to fill our evening.

Giving ourselves a bit of a baptism of fire, we bought The Catacombs of Horror which is not only a 2 parter (and by definition twice as long) but it also has a high difficulty rating.

We started off quite ambitious and confident but soon realised that it was not going to be as easy as we first thought.

The series gives you hint cards (3 for each clue) in case you get stuck and for the first game, we needed to use a lot! Some of the clues were logical yet difficult; however, I did find that many of the others relied on a lot of guess work about how to solve the problems. This first game we were playing until early hours of the morning.

Since then, we have tried several others and enjoyed them more. This has included The Stormy Flight and The Mysterious Museum. The difficulty ratings have been lower but we have found them to be far more logical and flow much better.

Our favorite so far has been The Haunted Rollercoaster which had a fantastic range of puzzles that made us think outside the box. It also flowed well and used logic meaning we didn’t need to use many hints at all.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these games. Unfortunately, they are one use only as parts of the game are folded or cut but at between £11 and £15, this is affordable as an occasional treat.

We have found that during the Coronavirus lockdown, they have helped to fill a part of the escape room gap.

Game information:
Players: 1-4
Age: 10+
Difficulty rating: varies per game
Length: 1- 2 hrs (4+ for Catacombs)
Approximate Price: £11-£15

Our ratings:
Overall: 7/10 (Haunted Rollercoaster 8.5/10)
Difficulty: 7/10
Puzzle range: 10/10
Logic and flow: 8/10

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

Mission to Winchintzy by ClueCapers – Winchester

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

Dream team and a great time for a 75 minute game.

This was a brilliant game. The setting takes you back to a dated house where you move between the different rooms. The range of clues and puzzles were excellent, using more than one of the senses, and some of the clues we had not come across before which was refreshing. It was a good mixture of logic, skill and thinking outside of the box to solve these clues. Even though we had a big team of 6, there was usually enough to keep us all busy. The game flowed well and followed a logical order. We would definitely recommend this game if you are in the Winchester area and we hope to go back to attempt their other rooms.

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 75 mins
Players: 2-6

Escape room number: #32
Completed: February 2020
Team: 6 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 47 mins 49 secs (leaderboard)

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

Sherlock: The Game is Now – London

Fantastic unfolding keepsake with timings, information and a rating for how your team got on in each section.

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

This is far more than an escape room – this is a full, 100 minute immersive experience. If you are a fan of the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock series and an escape room enthusiast, you will LOVE this! Think the story, set and characters from the show plus an exciting mix of puzzles.

From the minute you arrive, the gamemasters are in character and (without giving too much away) the initial setting is all part of the story. Even this first “reception” room is impressive then you are taken through to 2 more rooms before entering the escape room aspect of the experience. As well as an amazing replica of 221B, other sets for the show are recreated, adding to the overall experience. You are also briefed by the actors/characters from the show which is a fantastic added touch.

The escape room itself is fantastic with a range of sets, themes and clues to solve. It has all be designed and planned extremely well and each part is very different from the previous section.

If all of that wasn’t enough, when you have finished, you get a full debrief from “Stamford” and then get to relax in their very own exclusive pub – The Mind Palace. Even the pub is themed well and immersive! Their cocktails are highly recommended too.

If you want an escape experience whilst in London, this is one not to miss!

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins (100 mins for the whole experience)
Players: 2+

Escape room number: #30
Completed: January 2020
Team: 4 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 53 mins 51secs

The Don by The Panic Room – Gravesend

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

One of our favourite ever escape rooms! The story and theming were fantastic with a great set and high-quality clues and props. The puzzles were innovative, well designed and the whole game had a logical, seamless flow. The method for receiving clues is excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole room. We will definitely be recommending this one!

Game stats:
Allocated game time: 60 mins
Players: 2-8
Difficulty rating: 3/5

Escape room number: #26
Completed: December 2019
Team: 2 adults
Escaped?: yes
Time: 34mins 27secs

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: 9/10
Puzzle quality: 4/5
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: 9/10
Puzzle quality: 5/5
Puzzle range: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Immersive quality: 4/5
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!