REVIEW: EGYPTIAN EXODUS - THE ESCAPEMENT

MARGATE, KENT
Egyptian Exodus Escapement Margate Escape Room Review

When it comes to Egyptian themed escape games we’re admittedly more dummy than mummy having never quite ankh’d a successful room, so to say we entered The Escapement’s Egyptian Exodus somewhat apprehensive for our trip to the lost tomb of Ramses iii (via Margate) was an understatement.

Fortunately we’d played the venues excellent Pirates of Polaris and The Pit, so resided to that fact that even if our logic crumbled, the quality of the set we were likely to find ourselves entombed would vindicate any embarrassing efforts on our part to escape …and we weren’t wrong!

The decoration of this room is entirely phenomenal, from the grandeur of its impressive entrance to the intricacies of the interior and props within. The minutest detail has been considered, elevating it from a generic escape space to one worthy of a Hollywood film-set. No element is overlooked and the assault on our senses, including clever auditory and lighting cues immediately transported us to the Valley of the Kings with audacious ease. 

Despite the incredibly sandy environment, we noted how the space was impeccably maintained feeling authoritatively sanitised in comparison to other sand-covered escapes we have played in the past. 

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Once acclimatised to our new surroundings we diverted our attention to the rooms actual tasks where we were pleased to discover an agreeable cross section of theme-appropriate puzzles, including a noteworthy search element that was cleverly implemented. We also found a plethora of logical puzzles, a few of which - as predicted - we made a fairly embarrassing hash of!  

We favoured the rooms ability to allow us to separate completing some puzzles simultaneously with it pulling us together during its more climatic moments. Another effective inclusion was the clue-system that runs parallel to rooms narrative, forming a more pivotal role in the game-play over the slightly less immersive, generic GM communications escapers will be more accustomed to at other venues. 

One particular novelty made us smile here too providing some light amusement amidst our own self-inflicted, added pressure to please the gods and exit the tomb unscathed!   

After a surprisingly successful escape our GM’s (including founder and creator Lewis Hunt) treated us to a thorough debrief where we were walked through our entire game highlighting our successes and teased for the mishaps we perhaps would've rather left dead and buried! Not only did this show our GM’s attentiveness throughout our run, but displayed their infectious passion for the industry - something like-minded enthusiasts will revel in. 

Overall this is one tomb with a view and we were simply wow'd by our experience in Egyptian Exodus. Along with the excellent puzzles and flow of the game, we were particularly impressed by the abundance of invisible tech found in such an authentically ancient setting, never once feeling misplaced. The Escapements’ tech-programming genius with its flawless, sequential execution without any need for GM triggering is an impressive operation that alludes almost all of its competitors. 

Which is exactly why, in our opinion, they're amongst the Pharaohs of must-play escape room venues currently available anywhere in the UK. 

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The Escapement - Egyptian Exodus
Rating: 5

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