When someone asks if you’d like to escape the room, on a long day at work I feel just like doing that. I’ve been someone that looks from afar at the “Locked IN” style group ativities and days out and thinks how amazing that would be. There’s part of me that’s scared to think “What if I failed?”. I’m very competitive as you’re about to find out. So not only do I get the opportunity to review the latest “Escape the Room” game from Paul Lamont Games, Secret of Dr Gravely’s Retreat, but one lucky winner will too! Competition at the bottom. There’s another thing that you should know before reading this, we’re a very competitive family and would happily take on anyone, anytime, anywhere. Looking at the box, I was thinking how could this really be as interesting, entertaining or as difficult as being locked in a real room. With the requirement of 3-8 players Bethany, Rachel and I got our brews ready and opened the box. I’m not entirely sure what we were expecting but on seeing a loads of envelopes, an instruction manual and a spiral turn thing we all looked at each other like OK, is this it? Expected time was 2 hours for 3 players. I’m not one for following the instructions but I really didn’t want to spoil the experience by guessing what we had to do next. I think the challenges we were going to face were enough already. So carefully opening up the instructions and following them one sentence at a time, we started our story at Dr Gravely’s Retreat.Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you exactly what happened I’m not one of those #SpoilerAlert type people. That would just be completely unfair. So here’s a snap to sum up the whole experience. You’ve got it right, it was tense, exciting and as a family we all bonded together to work as a very effective team. It wasn’t all calm though and from the outset you’d be thinking there may be divorce on the cards but no, we’re both on the same page and with three strong characteristics, it’s always going to be thrilling.
So the question is, did we escape?We did it and we completed the challenging way too! But how long did it take I hear you ask? Well on a 2 hour timer this is what we had left without adding any time or stopping. It was a team effort even though Bettie went to be about 15 minutes before the end. I can’t believe how quick the time went. The pure idea of playing a game for 2 hours seemed mesmerising at the start but in the end, it went so quick because it was fun, were honestly in the game, feeling the story and part of it. What a well curated game. As you can see from above we finished with 49 minutes spare! I think that’s a win there for the Palmer family. So this game is brilliant and if like us, you’ve got a young family so you can’t necessarily get away or if you’ve got friends coming over you need to get this!