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The Sands of Time – Break Escape

Game 4

I know, I know, back at Break Escape Loughborough again! It was here that I first fell in love with Escape Rooms so, of course, I have to do all of the rooms they have on offer! This time, 3 of us took on the challenge of Dr Nubis and the Sands of Time

THE STORY

There’s a strong rumour about a treasure hunter finding lost gems within a tomb known as The Sands Of Time. Dr Nubis could never escape which was believed to be because of his greed. He’s set an array of puzzles & traps to make sure no one else can get their hands on his loot. Do you have what it takes to go one step further?!?!

THE GAMEPLAY

This was Break Escape’s first room and in return is their most basic on face value. This is also their most linear room and works well with a smaller group of people. We played as a three and found that this was the perfect number for us. You can play this with up to 6 people but you may find that if it takes time for you to problem solve you may have people stood around with little to do. The room has a really good mixture of puzzles. I found that it was the most physical room and gave me a very Crystal Maze feel. The theming certainly made me feel I could have been in the Aztec Zone. The game requires a large amount of searching and collecting and we found our stride gathering as much as we could, even though we didn’t necessarily know what we needed to do with them straight away. We would have been much quicker too if it hadn’t been for a massive search fail on my part! Communication skills are key in this game. The entire game is played in the dark and your team has to work together as there is only a small number of torches between you. Your ability to describe and communicate clearly will make a big difference between you escaping our being buried alive in the rubble of the temple. The game play also requires you to be physically active. There are times all of you will need to crawl through smaller spaces. If you have someone with claustrophobia, don’t let them be the one to go in first. The clue system for the game is delivered by walkie talkie. I know that this isn’t many people’s favourite form of communication but it certainly fits with the theme of the game.

DECOR

The room is very well themed and you wouldn’t think that it is such a basic room. The combination of well thought out props and low light levels give it the feel of an ancient tomb. There are some really nice set pieces in the room that not only add to the theme but also become important in your game play. Those who fancy dressing up, you’ll be pleased to know that there is plenty to wear to get you into the spirit of the game.

OVERALL

This may be one of the most basic on face value but due to the combination of puzzles, physical elements and theme, it is one of my favourite rooms at Break Escape. It shows that you don’t have to have massive set pieces and oodles of technology for a game to be enjoyable. If you’ve never done an escape room before or are looking for a good entry level room for younger family members, this room is perfect. Having said that, its such a good room, enthusiasts will love it too! Escaped 50:10

Theme *****

Decor *****

Gameplay *****

Difficulty *****

Overall *****

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