Escapement – Atlantis – 9/10
Grimhilde Mining Corp found two anomalies when scanning the earth; one could be accessed through a mining tunnel and the other requires you to voyage into the depths of the ocean.
As newly qualified explorers you must board a GMC submarine and travel down 1000 leagues to an underwater air pocket.
Explore this untouched ancient world and uncover the mystery that is hidden within.
Can you find the energy source Grimhilde desperately need?
Played August 2023
Now, we have been to Escapement before and we know that their games are top notch, so we were excited for this. Sometimes, however, too much excitement can lead to disappointment… not in this case! Escapement continue to impress us with every game they release.
Our host, James, greeted us with warmth and joy and wit. I almost felt at home. After a good old chin wag about other escape rooms, he set the scene for us and led us into our very own submarine where we were then treated to a humorous and immersive video which allowed us to realise the peril we faced.
With the video over, we set about solving puzzles and immediately we scattered all across the sub. I don’t know what the others did, they don’t know what I did. Do we mind? No. Did we have fun? Yes. Upon safely-ish landing our sub it was time to explore Atlantis. Again, we scattered, pairing up where we needed to. The puzzles intuitive and logical, with great signposting throughout. The set design on both the sub and in Atlantis were beautiful, with the soundscapes adding to the immersion. We did do a classic Team DARKE at one point and not read something. We are very lazy! But we finally found the energy source and legged it back to the sub. Phew! We made it… wait… oh no, we haven’t finished, there’s the exciting finale we all know and love.
Honestly, this was so much fun throughout. A lot of love has been put into this game and I think adults and children would love this equally. The puzzles are clever, the sets are amazing, the hosts are awesome.
The sweet spot is probably four players but anywhere from two to six would be good.
Very, very highly recommend.
After Atlantis we went and had lunch just down the road in an incredibly busy Italian called Possillipo. Would also highly recommend this place. The food was lovely.
Theme/Immersion – 9.5
Puzzles – 8
Fun Factor – 9.5
Difficulty – 7
Reviewed by A