Escapement – Wunderwaffe Operation Quartz – 8.5/10
There’s no official government documentation of the Quartz Machine but rumours describing an artificially intelligent machine, engineered by a German nuclear physicist hellbent on causing world chaos have been leaked.
We now need a brave team to go head to head with Quartz in order to destroy its physical construct and annihilate it from the world, for good.
Can you take on an artificially intelligent bot and win?
Played August 2023
Another cracking (get it?) game from Escapement.
Greeted by angry military boss lady Ashley (she’s in character, it’s all good), she gives us our mission briefing and sends us in to a German bunker to deal with a machine. It’s not the prettiest of rooms but it does indeed look like a secret German bunker/lab.
As usual, we pair off to divide and conquer. There are, which we are always happy to see, multiple start points so that nobody is bored, but additionally, things only become clear when they are meant to, in order for the game to flow and reveal it’s storyline effectively. It’s very cleverly designed. There are a variety of puzzles. Some cerebral, some logical, some physical, some requiring teamwork. It’s a good mix.
After playing the stunning game that is Atlantis earlier in the day, I was feeling a little unsure for the first half of this room, however, I thought too soon. The wow factor for sure comes near the end, and it’s worth the wait, I promise. We all had so much fun in this room!
Upon our exit, a much friendlier Ashley greeted us, gave us a little memento and provided us with a debrief where she pointed out our really awesome puzzle solving skills as well as our ridiculously embarrassing failures.
Brilliant fun for escapees of all ages. I would suggest groups of 2-4 in this room.
Theme/Immersion – 9.5
Puzzles – 7
Fun Factor – 9.5
Difficulty – 7
Reviewed by A