Escape rooms are becoming an increasingly fashionable and popular form of entertainment across the country. For those of us in Nottingham, we are blessed to have Escapologic! They only accept advanced bookings due to the volume of visitors, which says something about their reputation. Funnily enough, the building itself is fairly hard to find. It is hidden away on Castle Gate and requires a member of staff to come and open the door for you. Cryptic indeed.
If you're unfamiliar with said 'escape rooms', there really isn't anything overly complicated about them. In very basic terms, you are locked inside a dark room and usually have an hour to escape. In order for you to successfully escape, you must solve puzzles, unlock doors and occasionally chant a weird phrase. Don't ask; you'll see what I mean if you ever take the challenge.
Behind every room is a thrilling narrative of some kind; there are stories of couples going missing and crazy eccentrics. Your aim is to follow in their steps and hopefully come out alive.
I wouldn't advise taking any young children to experience the rooms, as they are likely to be frightened and the minimum age for entry is twelve. The more people you take, the cheaper it is for each person (and you have a better chance of escaping!).
There are currently six rooms, two of which are for ages eighteen and over. So, it is fair to say that there is something for everyone and if you're a scaredy pants, there are four other rooms to choose from. I won't go into detail about all of the rooms because that will only ruin the mystery aspect of them. However, if you do get some inspiration from this article and wish to book a room, I will warn you…
My first experience of Escapologic was the Cryptic room. This room sets you into the footsteps of an Indiana Jones type character; you are given a satchel and lantern and set on your way. It is incredibly fun and not particularly frightening. As we wholly enjoyed the experience, we returned a few months later to challenge ourselves even more. We chose to take on the Butcher room. The Butcher room is no joke. I have watched every Saw film chronologically and often giggled at the victims' inability to save themselves. It is a whole different story when you are placed in a setting where the same thing could potentially happen to you! I'm sure none of the staff are that crazy, though. I feel as though I have said too much but I will add; this room has a twenty percent drop out rate. It is not for the faint hearted!