It’s been a while since our last post, sadly life has gotten in the way! But we’re back with a vengeance with lots of things to catch up on, such as a few escape room reviews!
When I heard about Extremescape, I was really excited. A 90 minute pirate ship themed escape room? Amazing. I had heard good things, but wanted to check it out myself. A free evening came up, and 5 of us went off to Disley.
The first thing that you notice about Extremescape is the location. It was dark when we went and I’d read that it was a barn on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Not quite true, and there were signs showing the way – best thing to do is head towards the golf course and look for the signs. I imagine it’s a bit easier in daylight, but all 3 cars in our group made it there without any difficulty. There’s plenty of parking space on site, which was really handy.
We entered the building, not really knowing what to expect. We were warmly welcomed by Jess and Graham before putting belongings in lockers, then it was onto the main event. We were told a little bit about the room and told the top 3 escape times.
Our first impressions of the room were fantastic – before we even got into it properly! The attention to detail is superb and it creates a great atmosphere as soon as you start. As usual, I won’t give away any of the puzzles, but I will say that the room is very well thought out, the variety of puzzles is really good and some of them are quite challenging. The system that Extremescape uses for giving clues is really good, and although we did give in and ask for a clue at one point, we were so close that they almost refused to help us!
One thing that was slightly different compared to other escape rooms that we’ve done is that you were allowed to leave the room during the time limit, if you wanted to get a drink or go to the loo. I don’t think any of our group did, but it was nice to have the option if we wanted to.
But did we get out?
Yeah we did! And with a pretty quick time which (currently) has us at the top of their leaderboard. The fancy dress box was a great touch at the end and they also gave us a copy of the above photos which is a really nice keepsake.
After the game, we chatted with Jess and Graham, who are really passionate about their room and what they do, and it really does make a difference. Compared to some rooms that we’ve done where they want you out of the way as soon as possible so they can get the next group in it was really nice. They asked us how they’d stacked up against other escape rooms that we’d done, and were really impressed with our escape time. We mentioned that we were going out for food afterwards, and they suggested some local options and even booked a table for us!
Overall opinion – Fantastic! Great value for money, well thought out puzzles and theme with some surprises. We’ll definitely be going back to try their new room (Lost tomb) when it’s ready.