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Diorama Games: The Medusa Report

Room-in-a-box, May 2023

Rated 4.5 out of 5
This is part two of Diorama’s investigation trilogy, picking up where The Vandermist Dossier left off, on the trail of the missing Abigail Vandermist. You can play it as a stand-alone game – though that would be a curious choice, since it would be a … (more)

Escapepolis: Hellevator

Athens, Apr 2023

Rated between 3.5 and 4 out of 5
From the lobby the burnished metal door to this game gleams at you invitingly, with a 1920s art deco elegance. The story is that there’s an upcoming exhibition on the Egyptian god Seth, and the head curator has been found dead; you just need to take … (more)

Safarka: Expedition

Lisbon, Feb 2023

Rated 3.5 out of 5
When I visited Lisbon five years earlier, Safarka provided the clear stand-out room of the trip: at the time a new company with a single game, they were innovative in play style and puzzles. So returning to try their latest was a priority.
Expeditio… (more)

Escape2Win: Dream

Lisbon, Feb 2023

Rated between 3.5 and 4 out of 5
Located in Algés out beyond the tourist hotspot of Belem, itself some way from Lisbon centre, Escape2Win is unlikely to be a venue you stumble across accidentally. However, they were one of the earliest pioneers of the remote avatar game format at th… (more)

Arcadia: El Sueño

Seville, Feb 2023

Rated between 3.5 and 4 out of 5
El Sueño is a beautiful and fun game, large parts of which I struggled to enjoy: it was the second room in a row that I played in southern Spain where we found ourselves bombarded with unsolicited hints.
A good hint should be delivered at the point… (more)

Arkham Escape Rooms: Migas de Pan

Marbella, Feb 2023

Rated between 3.5 and 4 out of 5
At present, Marbella has exactly one escape room company, with a single room, and it’s a rather charming fairy tale theme. The title refers to the story of Hansel and Gretel, and you’re returning to the gingerbread house to defeat the witch who appea… (more)

SHOCK: La Santa

Madrid, Jan 2023

Rated 4.5 out of 5
With just one day in Madrid to fit in escape rooms, La Santa was top of the list; since it has a minimum team size of three, we were only able to play it at all because the prospect of it tempted our third team member into booking a weekend city brea… (more)

Bite The Fly: Bites Motel

Madrid, Jan 2023

Rated between 4.5 and 5 out of 5
Bites Motel makes an impression as soon as you arrive – few games blur the line between outside and inside, between lobby and game space, quite as effectively as this one. We arrived by foot in a sunny Madrid suburb, but once inside we were in a worl… (more)

Houdini’s Escape Room: Extinct

Southampton, Jan 2023

Rated 4 out of 5
In a departure from normal, I played Extinct as part of a family group including two kids (9 and 12) who were more or less new to escape rooms, which meant a rather different dynamic to playing solely with adult enthusiasts. The venue was clearly set… (more)