REVIEW: DODGE CITY - TULLEYS ESCAPE ROOMS

TULLEYS FARM, CRAWLEY SUSSEX

Dodge City Escape Room Tulleys Farm Reviews

Our previous experience at Tulleys Escape Rooms playing Mutiny, The Outfitters and Nethercott Manor certainly exceeded our escape game expectations, so we were excited to revisit the venue during the opening weekend of it’s newest room - Dodge City - to see what Tulleys had been harvesting next.

Dodge City in 2127 remains a stronghold of the Wild West. The constant tussle between the Sheriff and local gunslingers means there’s opportunity abound for some creative bank robbery for those with wits and courage. As members of the notorious ‘Barn Door’ gang, we’ve been caught by the local sheriff breaking into the bank. Locked away with little hope, hired by an unnamed outlaw and facing the ruthless justice of the old west we are left with only one option….

As the sun sets the race is on to break out, reclaim our supplies, pull off the bank job of the century and get out of Dodge City! 

Invited to the thematic pregame lobby for our health and safety briefing, our team of four was separated into pairs for the rooms unexpected split-start. A well-produced video offering a more detailed introduction played out synchronistically within our teams respective start-points and our 60 minute escape began. 

As expected, the impressive theme-park quality of the build of this room was evident from its offset and continued to impress throughout. With realistic wood panelling and a western-inspired beam structure making up the majority of the games set. The multilayered, environmental attention to detail of this room is faultless, effortlessly immersing players from its true Crawley farmhouse into the depths of the Wild Wild West. This was supported further by the majority of purpose built props and furnishings, offering some unique physical interactions and resolves that you're unlikely to have witnessed elsewhere. 

There was also a great spatial inclusion that personalises the room for each individual team, an easily implemented clever novelty that we’d surprisingly not experienced before!

Dodge City Escape Room Reviews Tulleys Farm

We likened the puzzles to be of a similar standing of those within Tulleys' other excellent room, Nethercott Manor. Whilst none were ever particularly troublesome, there was more than plenty to plough through within its sixty minutes. The puzzles here ran parallel and again much like Nethercott Manor, we advise that all players are wrangling their way through its various tasks at all times if there’s any hope of escaping! 

On this advice it could be assumed that larger teams would be of benefit, but we felt any team over four players may start to feel overcrowded and imagine its advertised maximum of 8 would make it near on impossible to manoeuvre the areas comfortably - possibly resulting in team members missing aspects of the otherwise impressive space.

The puzzles were a pleasant mix of styles from those requiring strong communication skills, logic, observational, to the inclusion of mildly mathematical and physical tasks, with one stand-out, novelly fun team inclusion that you won’t forget in a hurry! They all cumulated together to pleasingly cover the entire spectrum of escape game puzzle bases.

Whilst there was always lots to see and do at no point did anything offered feel unachievable. Its puzzle difficulty level we felt was set at a medium, meaning casual or new escape room players will still find the room accessible - although perhaps unlikely to finish in its hour without much needed guidance from attentive GMs. With enthusiasts thriving on its relentless bombardment of tasks to get to its end game in time. 

If we’re honest we were expecting to find more Westworld inspired, futuristic elements that Dodge City almost alludes. However, we figured the plots timeline of 2127 AD allowed for the few impressive technological editions included in the room to not appear misplaced in the otherwise old west environment, so didn’t feel too disheartened by their absence.

We did suffer a technical issue towards the final puzzle of the room, but are empathetic that we attended during the rooms opening weekend where teething problems are possible. Our excellent GM’s Tyler and Dan were also extremely attentive in preventing this being detrimental to our experience by timely fixing the issues without breaking the rooms immersion, suitably avoiding its temperamental use being a negative during our game. We imagine individual experiences of this particular task (until a suitable fix is established), would be entirely down to your GMs handling. 

Overall, Dodge City with it's impressively immersive, multilayered set design that kept on giving, alongside it's relentless puzzle-slinging ambush lassoed together to offer not just another excellent escape game for Tulleys roster - but a great addition to the expanding collection of must-play escape rooms to be found in the UK. 

As one of the most-wanted escape room venues for enthusiasts to visit, you can attended Dodge City spurred by the knowledge that for Tulleys Escape Rooms - this ain’t their first rodeo!

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Dodge City Escape Room Review - Tulleys
Rating: 5

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