I’ve been meaning to try Escape Quest in Macclesfield for aaaaaaages. It opened up at the end of 2014, and is about 2 minutes from my house. 2 minutes to walk it that is. I’m a little bit ashamed that it’s taken me so long to visit, but I may have lost my love of escape rooms a little bit after the awfulness that was Make a Break in Manchester (judged harshly here).
If I’d gone to an escape room so close to home and it had been awful, I would have been heartbroken. When my partner organised an outing there with his friends, I decided to tag along and see what it was like.
Thank you, Escape Quest, for a fantastic experience that has renewed my faith in escape rooms. Obviously this will just be a general review as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone by going into specifics.
I had high hopes from the moment that we walked through the door to the briefing area. There was space, it was light, the staff were incredibly friendly. There was the option of locking up any belongings that we had with us in a secure locker while we played the game (the past two games I played didn’t have this option, and it’s really annoying having to lug a handbag around for the whole hour!)
The brief was lovely and informal, we were told the basics of how the game worked (we were a group of six and only 2 of us had done something similar before) and asked if we were ready. The game we did was Curious Encounters, a time travel mystery going back to 1873. We had a great time, lots of laughter throughout until the final few minutes, which were getting tense! We escaped the room with 26 seconds to spare (had a member of our group been able to work a lock then we might have made it out sooner!)
The puzzles were interesting and required some thought, and there was a nice variety. The rooms were a good size and didn’t feel crowded and any point, even with six of us in a group. The theme was great, and the items in the room were perfect for the era in my opinion. Even the backing track that was used was good! And most importantly… everything worked.
The debrief was good as well, and we had the option of having our photo taken with our time. At no point did we feel rushed, or if the staff wanted us to get out, it was very relaxed and friendly which was needed after the intense hour of thought and puzzle solving.
There are currently 2 rooms to escape from, Amazon Escape and Curious Encounters. We were told Amazon escape is a bit easier than Curious Encounters. We were also told about the new room that should be opening up before the end of the year which sounds fantastic – I’m really looking forward to trying that one!
So basically… go! Go and book, try to escape. It’s a great way to spend an hour with friends or even people you don’t know all that well.