LOOP – The Panic Room (Gravesend, UK) – 22.5/25

Company: The Panic Room Gravesend
Room: LOOP
Team: Maxime & Ayah
Date: January 2019
Languages: English

When I read reviews about this room, I felt quite puzzled. I saw a lot of comments on how this room is completely different from the concept of escape. People either loved it, or they hated it. So here I was, wondering what to expect… But I still went for it. If this is a whole new concept of escape room, then I sure want to try it out!

In this room, we are engineers who are needed to test “The Unit”, a device that tackles the unknown of science, one paradox at a time.

So here’s what we thought:
Yes it is different, but I wouldn’t go as far as say that this a whole new concept. It is still a room that you need to escape by solving puzzles. What is different is the concept of escaping itself, but I won’t say more in order to avoid spoilers.

We chose to give the following grades:

  • Story: 4/5
    The story is interesting, it is quite unique. It makes sense. There’s a twist that completely changes the dynamic. But it’s not a deep story which is complex.
  • Ambiance: 4/5
    Nice environment which is good for the immersion.
  • Puzzles: 4.5/5
    Not so many puzzles, but just what is needed for this specific story.
  • Mechanisms: 5/5
    Many fun things to do in this room.
  • Averall feeling: 3/3
    A lot of fun, quite a high bit of challenge!
  • Hosting: 2/2
    Drew was a great game master, he sure contributed to our satisfaction with this room.

I recommend this room, it is very original. On top of that, we get a report of our performance, which is a very nice touch. If you are quite experienced, I wouldn’t go as more than 2 players. One thing we didn’t do is that we didn’t take adventage of the fact that many puzzles can be done in parallel, maybe we would have escaped even faster. We still escaped in 38 min and 21 seconds, but what can I say… We’re so greedy…

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