REVIEW: One hour to save the world!

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THE Escape Rooms concept is sweeping the nation.

More and more people are choosing to lock themselves in a room with the challenge of using only their wits (and if you’re anything like us – a lot of prompts and clues) to escape.

Such is the bizarre popularity of this prospect, more and more of these locked rooms are opening their doors throughout the region.

Leamington’s latest Escape Room, was our seventh encounter with the activity, which is designed to test specific skills, such as problem-solving, logical thinking, perception and communication.

In a game called Contagion – one of three on offer at Escape Leamington ­– the scene is set for you. . . there has been a deadly virus that has plagued the world. Scientists have been working hard in their dying moments to create a vaccine for it, but unfortunately they weren’t able to get it out of the lab in time.

This is where you come in…you are the last hope to find the vaccine, get it out of the lab and save some lives.

It’s ideal for small groups of between two and six, consisting of family or friends who are encouraged to work together as a team to crack the clues and, ultimately, free themselves from the room.

In fact teamwork is essential. There are so many questions and riddles posed and time is of the essence. You’re only given 60 minutes to advance your way through the challenges and escape.

It might be a padlock combination, a numeric interpretation, physical challenges or clever riddle you’re tasked with solving. Each step moves you one step closer to the finish line – a bit like a metaphorical board game.

Exhilarating and frustrating in equal measure for the most competitive among us!

Our party consisted of two adults, a teenager and a 13-year-old and we managed to crack all the clues and escape within the hour – by the skin of our teeth.

For us the challenge level of this room was just right but for those who are still new to the Escape Room concept, it might prove trickier.

Don’t fear though – there is a staff member watching you on camera every step of the way and chiming in with little hints and tips on a screen when required. (It wouldn’t be much fun if you spent the entire hour trying the decipher the first clue!)

Two other games available at Leamington Escape are:

Prohibiton. (4-8 players) Set in Chicago in the 1920s, you are tasked with shutting down one of Al Capone’s drinking dens. But you’ll need to gain access to the speakeasy first and take it from there. . .

Witchcraft and Wizardry (for 2-6 players). Some prankster has played a terrible trick on you and hidden your wand so you need to explore the depths of the castle and find your wand before the school bell rings.

The Escape Rooms concept may not be for everybody – but they’re a firm favourite in our house. And there’s good reason why they are taking off across the world.

To try this one out visit: www.escape-leamingtonspa.co.uk