Escapes Ipswich offers 6 different rooms to choose from, of which my team and I were put into the “Contagion” scenario.
The premise is simple enough: the world is being ravaged by a deadly virus and your team have an hour to retrieve the vaccine in order to save humanity. In other words, a standard Monday evening.
After a small brief about safety procedures and the way the rooms work – such as not pulling anything off of the wall no matter how tempting – we entered the room for the first time. The design of the rooms struck a good balance between items useful to the escape and items just for decoration; clearly dictating the theme without making the space overcrowded. Also, the theme of
a chemist’s lab was well incorporated into the puzzles.
The first moments after the 60-minute countdown begins are a frantic scramble of finding an object and deciding whether or not it’s useful to open something. Our room had multiple locks and keypads for us to decipher the codes to, with some being quick to work out and others taking much longer. Many of the puzzles left us doubting our ability to complete the room at times, but after enough confused looks (and a few clues popping up on the tv) we were able to escape with 8 minutes to spare. The challenges were all unique and interesting, with a mix of new and old escape room tropes.
To conclude, Escape Ipswich offers a thoroughly enjoyable and fun hour of puzzle solving and clue finding, with a good level of difficulty for new and experienced players alike.
So instead of a film next time you’re out, maybe try escaping from a locked room with your friends.