Spalding escape rooms online: Review
Before the coronavirus lockdown I’d become quite a fan of escape rooms.
For those of you not familiar with the concept, basically yourself and a team of others are put into a room full of puzzles and you have to crack codes and find clues to be able to ‘free’ yourselves.
You are generally given 60 minutes in which to ‘escape’ and the rooms are often based around a theme.
The first escape room I did was in Peterborough, themed around a wine cellar. Sadly, the wine bottles were already empty and just part of the set.
So when Spalding’s new escape rooms, called Rush Hour Escape Rooms, opened last September I had a go at both themed rooms. One is set around the theme of a zombie apocalypse and the other has a superhero theme.
In both these games I was seconds away from getting out within the 60 minute time limit. But, undeterred, I like a challenge.
Last week, we reported that Brett Harman, co-owner of Rush Hour Escape Rooms with his partner Hannah Stinson, had launched a new online version of the concept.
On Saturday, my partner and I decided to have a go at the game. The idea is slightly different in the fact that there is no time limit, although Brett says you’ve done really well if you manage to complete it within 60 minutes. The expected time is about 90 minutes, however. We took just under two hours, with a few coffee breaks!
Brett and Hannah worked closely with Bewilderbox escape rooms in Brighton to put together the concept.
The plot of the game sees you piloting a robot and cracking mind-boggling puzzles and unlocking codes to key pads to be able to escape each room.
Its theme is based around an experiment by fictional renowned scientist Dr Wilder Senior, which goes wrong. His son, Wilder Junior, aka Benji, is determined to resurrect his father’s genius.
Although you’re not physically inside a room in the game it’s great fun, but certainly requires you to think outside the box. We quickly learned to throw logic out of the window and look beyond the obvious. There are little clues along the way if you need them.
You can play with your own household or with other players for just £15 for up to six people. You will be given a log-in code for all players.
Play via: www.spaldingescaperooms.co.uk
Reviewed by Zoe Myall