The Asylum

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Escape Manor really know how to start things off on the right foot with a beautiful lounge/reception area. With quality leather couches and armchairs, wood panelling, and atmospheric lighting, it feels like a high-end pub. Which in some ways it is: they’re fully licensed, so you can relax with a beer or drink of your choice after your escape (or before, as long as you make sure to keep a few brain cells on high alert for puzzle-solving). The customer service is also excellent with friendly and helpful staff.

The Asylum was introduced to us with a dramatically retold and very plausible sounding story which perfectly sets the mood for the room itself. The room quality is very good, with solid, authentic props that fit the setting and seem like things you would legitimately expect to find in an old, abandoned asylum. The puzzles likewise fit the theme well and are well-suited to the room. One minor quibble might be that there are a lot of locks to unlock, but fortunately there’s good variety in the clues and each puzzle feels unique and different. At the beginning, there are a couple of different puzzles that can be worked on so larger groups can adopt a divide and conquer approach, although towards the end it gets a little more linear. In terms of difficulty, it’s perhaps slightly above average. Experienced escapers shouldn’t have too much trouble, but beginners may need a hint or two. Fortunately the puzzles all make sense and there isn’t anything too obscure or that requires big leaps of logic.

When it comes to immersion, there’s not much more to the story than “escape the abandoned, haunted asylum” but really this room doesn’t need anything more. Between the excellent set design, the themed puzzles, and the spooky soundtrack, the room oozes atmosphere and you’re guaranteed to have at least a few chills down your spine as you play. Overall an excellent, top-notch room and one we would highly recommend.

Final Verdict:

8.5/10

3 responses

  1. Cameron Robbins-Henderson says:

    Which is more difficult? The asylum or the darkness?
    Thanks!

    • Jeremie says:

      Hmm… Hard to say. It’s been a while since I played the rooms, but I seem to remember them being roughly equal in terms of difficulty.

  2. Anshuman Srivastava says:

    We got out with 17 minutes to spare!

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