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Crime Runners: Going Underground

Vienna, Sep 2022

Rated 5 out of 5
Thrice a TERPECA winner, Going Underground has a firmly established reputation as the top game in Austria. It’s at a separate location to the other Crime Runners rooms, and where the others form a single story, Going Underground seems to be a … (more)

ARoom: Deadland

Budapest, Sep 2022

Rated 4 out of 5
Ask for Budapest game recommendations and you’ll mostly get the usual list of well-known classics that have been played and loved for years. Ask for recommendations for Budapest rooms that have opened more recently, and Aroom is likely to get mention… (more)

Pirate Cave

Budapest, Sep 2022

Rated between 4 and 4.5 out of 5
Downtown Budapest is packed with escape rooms; even with the most intense schedule you could play games for a week without needing to leave the centre. So it’s pretty impressive that Pirate Cave has survived and thrived for close to a decade despite … (more)

Neverland: Aztec Catacomb

Budapest, Sep 2022

Rated between 3.5 and 4 out of 5
Neverland’s underground venue gives an otherworldly impression: it seemed like we’d found a whole complex of vividly coloured chambers, a sprawling space leading off to one escape room after another. They do indeed have an impressive number of escape… (more)

E-Exit: Secret Subway

Budapest, Sep 2022

Rated 4.5 out of 5
Long a fixture on the Budapest scene, E-Exit has several often-recommended rooms, but Secret Subway is the newest and longest, at 75 minutes, as well as the one that tends to get the highest plaudits. In it you’re delving into a forgotten inventor’s … (more)

Gozsdu Mission: White Mission

Budapest, Sep 2022

Rated 3.5 out of 5
Budapest’s reputation as an early centre for the escape room explosion is legendary; and White Mission is among the city’s most famous games. That’s due to the game’s concept, startlingly original when first created, that instead of a room filled wit… (more)

Enigma Quests: Mission Wavebreak

London, Apr 2022

Rated 3 out of 5
The third game from Enigma Quests opened shortly before the pandemic, with the result that I was still thinking of it as a new game and was surprised to realise that it’s already over two years old. The scenario here is that you’re trying to defuse a… (more)

MoviEscape: Merlin’s Magic Academy

Stockport, Apr 2022

Rated 3.5 out of 5
MoviESCAPE’s boast is that for extra realism and immersion, they use items taken from real haunted houses and movie sets as part of their room decor; with the magic school game we played, that was presumably less of the former and more of the latter…. (more)

Pier Pressure: Modrophenia

Brighton, Sep 2022

Rated 4 out of 5
I know close to nothing about the Mods, and certainly don’t have any nostalgic resonance with the sub-culture. Even so, the exuberance and ubiquity of the Sixties patterns and designs were irresistible.
If you’re not familiar with the history, the M… (more)

Pier Pressure: Loot The Lanes

Brighton, Sep 2022

Rated 4.5 out of 5
Loot The Lanes should need little introduction. It’s occupied the #1 slot on this site’s rankings of UK games for far longer than any of its rivals, and it was the highest ranked UK game in the TERPECA awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021. As a result it’s … (more)