Winter is Coming (Game Over Rochdale) – Closed

This venue has now closed but the room does still exist at its Derby location.

Game Date: 11th May 2018
Game Number: 14
Price for Two: £42

Game Overview
The last great barrier keeping the undead hoards at bay has fallen. All seems lost. They do not sleep, eat, feel or die. Yes there may still be hope. My party of Maesters and i have found a hidden weapon of great power & magic. If only we could escape this black fortress to use it…

We turned up a little early for this game and initially worried that we were going to be the only ones there until a couple of staff members turned up just before the scheduled start of the game. It was testament of the brevity of the welcome and brief that we still managed to enter the room on time! The room itself was themed well, with props and decorations that you would expect to find in a room of this name – including a large replica of the iron throne itself. We enjoyed the hidden us of tech in this room, though at one point a reset/tech error stumped us we managed to bypass a puzzle that we would need to revisit later in the game. Luckily, given that I had never seen the TV show, there is no outside knowledge needed but it would help you complete one of the puzzles more quickly. Some of the puzzles in this room worked well within the theme and some of the others just seemed to be dropped in to make the experience longer (and we rent even enjoyable or logical) and the last one especially needed more signposting to avoid a major logic leap even after escaping we were a little confused with.

We made it out with about 12 minutes reaming and received potentially the most apathetic congratulations from the staff before we were shown the door – perhaps we were the only bookings and they wanted to get home!? You had to ask for clues via a button and then the GM spoke to you via walkie – talkie (which barely worked). We suspect that they dont keep a close eye on you as you play though and so you waste time explaining where you are stuck.

An enjoyable room for those that have a marked interest in the theme but otherwise there is very little that stands out here. I wont be rushing to play any of their other games. Teams of two wont find this too much trouble.

Customer Experience – 2 out of 5
Theming – 3.5 out of 5
Gameplay – 2.5 out of 5
Enjoyment – 2.5 out of 5
Overall – 2.5 out of 5

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