Vacancy (Breakout Manchester)

Given the length of time since the game, its not fair to write a fully review – games can change and evolve, memories fade and most importantly we hopefully(!) have improved a lot since our early games. This is more of a summary.

Game Date: July 2017
Game Number: 3
Price for Two: £38/£42 Off Peak/Peak
Website: https://breakoutmanchester.com/

Game Overview
Exhausted after a long journey, you place your bag down on the freshly made bed, ready to relax. Suddenly, an ominous sixty minute countdown begins. No matter what you try, the door will not open. Welcome to the Crimson Lake Motel. You check in, but you NEVER check out…

Vacancy was our most enjoyable experience at Breakout Manchester. Erin met us at the door and gave us a really friendly welcome and game brief and was generally just a fab host throughout the game. The game itself started in a very small corridor that would be incredibly cramped for any more than 3 people. Thankfully, we were not in this room for very long as we made our way further into the game. The puzzles in this room were either really straightforward or very challenging – one in particular was a multi-level puzzle and my enthusiasm to complete this almost caused us to fail. Theming in this room was pretty decent and the decor and props definitely game the “creepy motel vibe”. I would not say that this room was scary, but certainly it was on the creepy side.

Outcome
We found the key card to exit with just 8 seconds to go – I do not think I have run so fast in my life. Clues were given by via screen and we took a number of them on the final big puzzle.

Overall
We really enjoyed this game at the time, but I think if we went back now I reckon we would find it relatively standard. Erin was a fab host who seemed genuinely invested in our game and our escape.

Customer Experience – 4 out of 5
Theming – 3.5 out of 5
Enjoyment – 3.5 out of 5
Gameplay – 3.5 out of 5
Overall – 3.5 out of 5

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