We recently took a trip to Escape Time, a relatively new escape-game company in Birmingham. As you may have read, we’re now expanding our review section to encompass the whole of England and so we decided to try our hand at Escape Time and their two rooms; The Bank Heist and Sam’s Saloon.
As usual, we’ll try to keep this review relatively spoiler-free, though there may be some very minor details revealed…
The Bank Heist:
The Bank Heist is Escape Time’s hardest and most immersive game, consisting of multiple rooms and challenging mental and physical games.
We found ourselves thrust into the midst of a Bank robbery — we’d be “training” for this for months and today was the day that we’d pull off the heist of the century for thief-extraordinaire Mike Henry, who supplied us with our instructions.
The Bank Heist was an enjoyable game, with some great theming and interesting puzzles. A lot of effort has gone into making this a truly immersive experience with special FX, intense moments and even a few scares!!
For the most part the mental puzzles were fun as well as challenging enough to not become too frustrating – however there was a physical game that felt like it could use some reworking! We won’t go into too much detail but we lost quite a bit of time on this portion and it wasn’t for want of trying, it was just too awkward and become a little tiresome after a while.
Sadly a piece of tech for the game had been accidentally switched off, meaning we were able to skip ahead – we didn’t realise though until it had been explained to us afterwards, so it didn’t really affect our enjoyment of the game, but it was a bit of a shame to miss it.
Overall The Bank Heist was an entertaining game, with a few areas that need looking at/reworking. However, it’s definitely worth checking out.
We were really looking forward to this game, as we have yet to come across a Wild West themed room and we weren’t disappointed…
Sam’s Saloon is a rootin’ tootin’ good time – As the story goes; the crooked sheriff has planted a bomb in the Saloon, trapping you and your friends inside! You have to disarm the bomb and escape before it blows.
The theming here is great, and there were even some costumes (which we love) to really get stuck in with. There are a few items/locks that don’t quite fit the Western theme – such as directional locks and so on, but we were willing to look past that as it was an enjoyable game with some really unique puzzles that had us scratching our heads more than once.
Sam’s Saloon has a fun little feature where once you’ve solved a puzzle or activated a certain piece of tech, a gun-shot would go off to signify you’ve completed the task. There was even a fitting soundtrack playing in the background, getting our hearts racing.
Personally we liked Sam’s Saloon the most out of the two rooms and would urge you to check it out if you’re in the Sutton Coldfield area.
Pop down to Escape Time in Birmingham and check out their exciting rooms.