Here it is, part 2 of our Breakin’ Escape Rooms feature! One of our favourite escape game venues in London.
We kick off the 2nd part of this article looking at their science fiction themed room; War on Horizon Alpha
This room throws you into a galactic battle for the universe in a Star Wars style setting, with lots of Easter eggs and nods to the series of films.
It’s an incredibly high tech room, with no padlocks in sight – there’s not much room searching that goes on, instead, one puzzle will activate another and by using obscure imagery to give you hints as a direction of what to do next or how things are meant work/interact with each other the game progresses smoothly.
The room was really well designed and will have Sci-Fi fans truly geeking out. Breakin’ completely make you feel as if you are in a galaxy far far away, millions of years in the future in deep space! With blinking control panels and galaxy laden display screens, this room puts every other Sci-Fi game to shame!
The Butchers Lair
We love a good scare attraction and horror-themed escape rooms are totally our “bag”. The Butchers Lair is a nod to one of the greatest horror films of all time; Silence of the Lambs and if you’re a horror fiend then this one is definitely for you.
As the story goes, you’re a group of students invited to dinner at the home of your professor; Dr. Vladimir Knifesblade (great name!) – as his students, you always enjoyed his lectures on human anatomy but when you arrive at his home you find things are not as they seem and you have 60 minutes to escape before he carves you up for his next meal.
Once again, the room was themed wonderfully – severed limbs aplenty, with blood spurts staining the wall and many other gruesome props scattered throughout the game. This is definitely not a room for the squeamish!
There was more of a traditional escape game feel to this particular room, whilst still maintaining some of the impressive tech that we’ve come to know from Breakin’ – but it was a welcome change after playing the futuristic War on Horizon Alpha.
There were some extremely challenging puzzles that had us scratching our heads and really put us to work, kicking our brains into overdrive, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable game, one of our favourites at the venue.
Sherlock’s Despair is another room that has a very classic feel to it – it has many padlocks to unlock, lots of riddle solving and even some “physical” games to play as well.
The story is as follows; Sherlock’s untimely death has been announced in all of the newspapers – he’d been working on the most important case of his entire career and it’s your job to unravel the mystery behind his death and solve his final case…
As a preface we played this room as a duo (one of our team dropped out last minute!), although the minimum for the game is three – so it was a little more challenging than usual.
We liked this game, but it was admittedly a little difficult to get started with, however once we got into the swing of the puzzles/room it was enjoyable. This time round we were missing our maths expert and so when we come across some math based puzzles we found ourselves struggling quite a bit, which was disappointing.
All in all an interesting and fun game, themed really nicely as per usual but we were left a little put-off by the math puzzles.
a HUGE thanks to the team at Breakin’ for being wonderful hosts and having us along to play their rooms. We urge you to get yourself down to Holloway Road and experience these fantastic games for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!