Will you es­cape to vic­tory?

There’s a new chal­lenge in town – an es­cape room. CLAIRE NASH and her fam­ily tried Es­cape 360, did they get out in their 60 min­utes?

The Wokingham Paper - - LEISURE -

ES­CAPE rooms are the new ‘in thing’ to do and Wok­ing­ham now has its very own. Es­cape 360 had opened in Old Row Court – just op­po­site Waitrose in Wok­ing­ham’s town cen­tre. This is ex­cit­ing: pre­vi­ously, I’ve tack­led oth­ers with friends and fam­ily and they are re­ally good fun.

Each es­cape has a dif­fer­ent theme, and range in the num­ber of peo­ple that can do them.

With Es­cape 360, the games can take in any­thing from be­tween two and six peo­ple.

Es­cape 360’s room is called The Prime Sus­pect and sees you turn de­tec­tive. You have 60 min­utes ac­cess to the main sus­pect’s of­fice be­fore he re­turns. In that time you need to find clues, keys and pass­words to find out what hap­pened to Char­lotte Wat­son and es­cape the room.

They are so much fun and re­ally get you work­ing the old grey mat­ter!

I went along one Sun­day with my fam­ily, my hus­band Mark best not to give his age, my teenage daugh­ters and youngest son, and one of my daugh­ter’s friends.

We had a 5pm slot booked and the fam­ily were run­ning a lit­tle late so Chris from Es­cape 360 let me start.

I was given a let­ter to de­ci­pher this gave us some re­ally key in­for­ma­tion later o in the game.

When my team ar­rived we were given a de­brief of what was go­ing to hap­pen.

Don’t think that if you’ve done one of these be­fore they are all the same.

The idea is to go in and search ev­ery­where: You find a clue which leads you onto an­other clue. Some bits are re­ally cryp­tic and some in plain sight.

It was re­ally good hav­ing the range in ages.

My eldest found a clue purely by ac­ci­dent as soon as she walked in the door and my son was re­ally clever in notic­ing an im­por­tant clue that would have taken us ages to fig­ure out.

My other daugh­ter was in­stru­men­tal in see­ing the con­nec­tion with some clues: It’s a great team build­ing ex­er­cise and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween all the peo­ple is key in es­cap­ing.

There’s a great big TV in the cor­ner with a timer count­ing down from 60 min­utes. At one point, one of our team man­aged to ac­ci­den­tally loosen the con­nec­tions while look­ing for clues and Chris had to come in and fix it. That’s one puz­zle that we couldn’t solve by our­selves!

Any­one can do these es­cape rooms – but not every­one can es­cape and un­for­tu­nately nei­ther could we. We were close but not close enough.

I am look­ing for­ward to go­ing back and hav­ing a go at the new room they are work­ing on, School of Magic.

Es­cape 360 is at Old Row Court, off Rose Street, Wok­ing­ham RG40 1XZ. You can find out more by call­ing 01344 383562 or log­ging on to www. es­cape360.co.uk

Claire and her fam­ily at Es­cape 360 in Wok­ing­ham’s town cen­tre. The aim of the game is to solve the clues to es­cape from a room within 60 min­utes

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