Game Date: 19/02/2019
Game Number: 21
Price for Two: £50
Your Viking clan sits unprotected from the wrath of the Ice Giants. Only the Norse gods can save you now. Step into a legendary age of gods and monsters, where your peaceful Viking village is being threatened by an invasion of spine-chilling Ice Giants. With your warriors away you don’t stand a chance in a fight, so in desperation you journey to the banqueting hall of the gods to throw yourself on their mercy and beg for help. But when you enter your heart sinks – Thor, Loki and the other Norse gods are nowhere to be seen. With just one hour before the Ice Giants destroy your village, can you work together to summon the gods and gain their protection? Take too long and the Vikings will be no more.
Arrival and Introduction
We took the train for this trip and Escape Hunt is withing walking distance (15mins) from Manchester Piccadilly station. Escape Hunt can be found within the Corn Exchange in Manchester city centre but do not be fooled and do what we did and walk inside the main building and then wander around aimlessly! Instead walk around the outside of the building until you find the entrance! You can tell that the centre is a new one from the quality of the finish of the reception and waiting area – a big bright room (despite it being underground) with sofas dotted around and even a bar in one corner. We were met by Alex, our game host, who gave us a really warm welcome and sat us on some sofas to fill out their sign-in forms and chat through our experience of other escape rooms in the area. When we were ready we were lead through the maze of other corridors to our room.
My first initial thought when we entered the room was that it was quite small (especially if you are bringing a full team) but well themed – it felt like we were in a old Norse hut. During the initial brief, Alex had given where we needed to start and after a quick search of the room we made a start. Despite knowing what we needed to do to continue, the first puzzle took a long time for us to solve and because it was the only puzzle that could be completed at first, we started to get frustrated. Thankfully, after a clue from Alex, we realised we had missed something that was truly staring us in the face. Once we have got over our stupidity we started to make much better progress through the room, with the small room leading on to a couple more rooms of a similar size as we progressed through the game. Each room had a distinct theme that helped carry the story along and were accompanied by some nifty puzzles. The whole experience was very hands on with lots of logical thinking needed to complete them. The inherent story of the game gave a good idea of progress and apart from a further silly mistake we managed to complete the room without too much further issues. We really enjoyed the puzzle in this room and, despite some major errors on our part with our observation, were logical and fitted the story well.
We managed to secure the help of the Gods and escaped with 18.09 remaining. This booked us a spot on the leader board. Given the fact that we took a couple of clues we were slightly embarrassed by this but as it was the first time we have been told we were on a leader board we did submit in the end. Clues came from a cool godlike voice in the room from Alex. Celebratory photos are taken on your own phones and unfortunately I cant for the life of me find ours!
This room bucked the trend that we have found about playing major chain rooms and became the first chain room that we truly enjoyed and rated as a decent room. The themeing and puzzles were good and we enjoyed the distinct themes we found in each of the different rooms. It was quite straightforward as a two – we wasted a good 10 minutes of 2 of the puzzles – and so should have got out much quicker. We were genuinely impressed with Alex throughout the experience. She pointed us in the right direction when we were getting frustrated and was so enthusiastic when we escaped we spent a good deal of time discussing the room afterwards.
Customer Experience – 4.5 out of 5
Theming – 4 out of 5
Enjoyment – 4 out of 5
Gameplay – 4 out of 5
Overall – 4 out of 5