Overwhelmed by the options of rooms, we settled on the Cursed Carnival (I’d usefully forgotten about my fear of clowns until we arrived) as it had a three star difficulty rating and only one of us had done an escape room before. In hindsight, we should have probably gone for a higher difficulty, because there’s nothing like challenging yourself.
Of course, once we were in there we were scrambling around for clues and some of them were actually pretty simple, but only made it more difficult for you to get to the next step and there were a few duds that just aimed to waste your time – much like some lectures, may I add. The creepy carnival music that I forgot I love (Read: LOATHE) added that extra bit of tension that’s always needed when you’re under pressure.
You’re probably wondering how we did? Well, with two chemistry students and me and India (who almost have a brain between us) we managed to escape with a whole 15 minutes to spare. With that said, there was a screen in each room that gave us clues every so often and I think we would have been stuck in the first section if it weren’t for that. I’m not sure anyone would be able to get through it without some help – we did very little on our own accord. The screen also shows you how much time you have left, in case the music and general pressure of having to escape wasn’t enough.
My verdict? I absolutely loved it. There were no “jumpy bits” and the only clowns in sight were us- and some masks, but they can be removed on request. Breakout’s rooms are much more puzzle based than just rushing around to find a key, which I really enjoyed as it was nice to stretch my brain and not have to think about my course for a while.
A quick disclaimer: My friends and I were given free entry to Breakout in exchange for an honest and accurate review from me; as usual, all views and words are my own. I have had to nab the pictures from Breakout, though, as I wasn’t allowed to take photos in there.
The two staff members who I engaged with, Hazel, who looked after us while we were there, and Rei, who is in charge of PR and I had the pleasure of meeting at a bloggers event the next day, were both wonderful and super friendly. I can’t wait to go back!