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?
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