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We did the Silence is a virtue escape room and absolutely loved it. We are a family of 5 adults and... read more

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Locks Heath, United Kingdom
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We went with 5/6 of us having never done an escape room before. The experience was excellent - we... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A year ago, I wanted to try out an escape room for the first time. I researched the local rooms and read some escape room review blogs (because those are a thing) and heard good things about Exciting Escapes but what really swayed me is that they state that you don’t actually get locked in (that would stress me out) and your task is to find a hidden thing within 60 minutes, rather than get the door unlocked. Also all the rooms are set in different modern eras, and as a 20th century history buff, that sounded ideal.

Our first room was their ‘introductory’ room, which is a 1950s flat. All their rooms/missions are spy stories. It was brilliant. The flat looks totally authentic and there’s an eerie feel to the mystery as you unravel it. There were four of us, which was quite cramped - I think it would be most comfortable for three players, as there were also a couple of times when one of us felt a bit superfluous. There were all sorts of different puzzles, meaning everyone gets to play to their individual strengths. The GM Sam was on hand to give us a push in the right direction if we got stuck, via a phone. But we only asked for one clue right at the end when we were totally stumped - turned out we needed to explore a bit further! We completed the mission in 53 minutes and 17 seconds.

We enjoyed the experience a lot and meant to do another, but we didn’t get around to it until one year later. We were in for a surprise when we turned up at the same place and found they have completely redone the front of the shop. We were greeted by Callum and were completely bowled over by the immersion in the spy theme right from entering the building. We also had a good chat. This time we did the 1940s church room. Our GM was Fiona, who was loads of fun, and the room has an extra element to it that made the experience kind of hilarious. We really got into it. It was a little harder than our first room in that you have to be more intuitive with the clues, but otherwise it was a similar structure and mix of different skills. It looks amazing. This time we finished in 49 minutes and 3 seconds, although we asked for more clues. Afterwards we went back in (I think they always do a debriefing like this and get your feedback) so everyone could explore a bit more, and Fiona was really friendly and encouraging. Afterwards we bought one of the board game escape rooms they had for sale and that was good fun too.

So over all Exciting Escapes looks absolutely brilliant, has wonderful staff and really fun games. Can’t wait to do their other rooms, hopefully won’t leave it a year this time!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Nicki G, Manager at Exciting Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this amazing review! I am delighted you have had such a brilliant time on both your visits, exactly 1 year apart! Two successful missions in our 1950's 'A hidden past' and our newest mission 'Silence is a Virtue' both completed with time to spare! Well done!

I am so pleased you found a mix of different skill sets required in both the rooms you have taken on so far. We always try to put something for everyone in all our rooms. Such lovely feedback about all the Games masters who you spoke to on both your visits. Sam was delighted you remembered him after such a long period!

We all look forward to hosting you on your next adventure with us!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Silence is a Virtue. Great family fun and we did it with 16 mins to spare. We will do another one around Christmas when the kids are back from Uni; looking forward to it.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Tom M, Manager at Exciting Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this lovely review and I'm glad you had such a good time tackling our Silence is a Virtue mission here in Southampton, and well done for making it out with 16 minutes to spare, make sure you check our leaderboards when they go up on our social media at the start of next month as your team might be on there with a time like that! We look forward to having you return at Christmas time to tackle one of our other missions waiting for you!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our 2nd ever room after the bug had bit.
Great staff, amazing set up/decor etc and really challenging room. The whole atmosphere was perfect from start to finish.
Couldn't have asked more from the time spent there

Date of experience: September 2019
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Tom M, Manager at Exciting Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this great review and I'm gad you enjoyed your time with us tackling our "Breaking the Law" room. It's lovely to hear that you found the entire atmosphere perfect from start to finish as we strive to give the best possible experience for each team! We hope to see you return in the future to tackle another one of our missions here in the future!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gave this a go after some friends recommended it - had a brilliant evening! Everything from the shop entrance to the puzzles is really well thought-out, the staff are friendly friendly and helpful, and we had a great time.

Will definitely be back

Date of experience: September 2019
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Tom M, Manager at Exciting Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this lovely review and I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us from the moment you entered the building! It's great to hear you had such a fun time tackling your mission here with us in Southampton! It's also great to hear that you found the staff to be friendly and helpful. We hope you'll return to tackle another one of our missions that we have here waiting for you!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a wonderful opportunity to solve a whole range of puzzles whilst having to keep very quiet! We were made to feel very welcome right from the start and everything was explained very clearly. There was an excellent balance of tasks to complete and the design of the Escape Room was very inventive. Thank you for a brilliant time!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Tom M, Manager at Exciting Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this excellent review and I'm glad you had such a brilliant time tackling our "Silence is a Virtue" mission here in Southampton! It's great to hear that you felt very welcome right from the start with us and that everything was explained clearly! We hope you'll return at some point in the future to tackle another one of our missions waiting for you!

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