Fancy being locked in a room for an hour? Escape rooms have been all the rage lately, what with them being showcased on popular television shows such as the Big Bang Theory, and an exclusive escape room having opened up to celebrate the launch of the new Tomb Raider film complete with its very own Lara Croft themed interior!
What is an escape room I hear you ask? It is everything the name suggests. You and your team are locked in a room, or a series of rooms depending on the game, for the duration of an hour. You then need to explore and find clues and items to solve the puzzles in order to escape from the room within the time limit.
I had heard a lot of good reviews about one escape room in particular and decided to try it out for my Birthday. Having found success in the US, Omescape recently opened up in Kings Cross, offering three different games: The Jokers Asylum, The Penitentiary, and the Biohazard Laboratory. All three vary in terms of difficulty which means this escape room is perfect for everyone: from beginners to more advanced players who relish a challenge…
I had booked out the Penitentiary – A room in which one of the most infamous serial killers in American history known as the ‘Night Stalker’ was reported dead. According to rumours, another prisoner had discovered a mysterious machine in the cell of the ‘Night Stalker’ and disappeared a few days later. Members of the public are placed in this very cell where the ‘Night Stalker’ had died and given the challenge to escape. As soon as you enter the room the team is split into two cells, and you have to try and use the clues to find the key which opens your cell, and then help your team mates open their cell. Once both cells are opened, stairs leading upward reveal a closed dark door, for which you have to work out the code in order to open it and to progress onto the next phase of the game.
The clues are challenging and it took us a while to figure them out. Although, once you are inside the room which is designed so well, you forget that it is a game and become immersed in the moment, treating it as if it is reality and a matter of life or death. At one point my friends and I were frantically running up and down screaming at each other and trying our best to escape! Each team is also given a walkie talkie to contact the ‘Games Master’ in case they get stuck (which we did A LOT). The theme of the room resembled an old eerie prison cell and the clues were very unusual and made you dig deep into your minds to find the answers. So not only did we leave physically exhausted but also mentally- it really is an experience that consumes all of you and will leave you thinking about it long after you leave! We managed to escape with 15 minutes to spare, and was given a certificate of completion and a group photo.
Overall, this escape room successfully made you feel like this was a real life prison break and filled my friends and I with a sense of urgency to escape as quickly as we could. The hour flew by which is a testament to what a great experience it really is; it not only tests your patience and problem solving skills, it also makes you want to scream and shout because you have no idea what is happening and how to get out. But this just adds to the fun of it. Do not just take my word for it however, why not go and check it out for yourself?
For more information, please visit: https://omescapelondon.co.uk
Address: Omescape All Saints, Carnegie Street London, DC N1 9QW United Kingdom
Closest Train Station: Kings Cross