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Doctor Who The Hollow Planet - Escape Hunt Game Review

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Published August 22nd 2020
Will you escape or be exterminated in Doctor Who Puzzle
Daleks on the loose, a hologram penguin and an abandoned planet that may need rescuing - these are all exciting elements of the latest play-at-home game from Escape Hunt.

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A new adventure with Doctor Who

Escape Hunt launched its Doctor Who collaboration with the BBC last year when it launched the Doctor Who: Worlds Collide escape room at its Birmingham city centre base and nationwide.

With popularity for the famous doctor, it's no wonder that Escape Hunt has expanded on its offering and the latest is this adventure game that suits families preferring to be entertained at home rather than venturing out.

It comes as Escape Hunt has just been awarded a TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice 2020 gong, recognising the company as one of the top 10% of attractions worldwide.

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Will you be able to solve Doctor Who The Hollow Planet?

Doctor Who: The Hollow Planet follows the premise that there are strange goings-on from planetoid TG-88.3Ω, otherwise known as The Hollow Planet.

A mysterious signal has alerted you to the fact that the local robot population has been knocked out and somebody has taken over the mining facility, built long ago on the planet's surface.

Working with instructions from The Doctor, your team has a pack of puzzles to solve and decipher to discover what has been going on and report back.

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A variety of puzzles to keep you entertained in the Hollow Planet

Leading you through this adventure is a picture of a cute hologram penguin. There's good imagery and maps to use that get the imagination flowing and help comes from a newly created website, if you need it.

Some of the places you'll venture in this abandoned planet facility include the trash ejector (bringing back memories of the original Star Wars movie), ore sorter and power grid.

As usual with the play-at-home games from Escape Hunt, you'll need access to the internet, a printer, scissors (as there is plenty of cutting up to do before you get started) and, this time, a pack of coloured crayons or felt tip pens.

The age for this game is eight years and over and it is aimed at groups from two to six people. Although there are plenty of elements that will keep children happy, like more colouring in puzzles, it also has a range of easy to medium level difficulty conundrums to keep older escape room fans content to try and complete it within the hour deadline.

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This game is part of an Escape Hunt collaboration with the BBC

You don't have to be a Doctor Who fan but if you are, you will particularly enjoy the themes and the touches, like personal messages written from the Doctor that are full of personality.

The game costs 14.99 from the Escape Hunt website and could give you more than an hour's worth of fun, if you take into account the preparation. With the Dr Who theme, you could even combine it with costumes and add a bit of music background to make it a bigger family or friends event.

If you did it as a straight puzzle, then it's not one of the harder escape games from Escape Hunt, but it is full of character and enjoyable with plenty of Doctor Who razzamatazz.

Read reviews at WeekendNotes of other Escape Hunt play-at-home games available including Murder at the Mansion - a murder mystery puzzle game; School of Magic, which has Harry Potter style themes that children will adore.

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The School Of Magic is another character led game from Escape Hunt

There is also Treasure of the Aztecs, if you prefer something more difficult, and Stolen.
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