We set another record!! This room seemed tailor-made to our brains that day. I don’t know what it was…maybe it was the pint of Guinness we consumed directly before arriving. It was just one of those rooms and one of those days. We sped through the room, getting out in time to see a smiling employee tell us that we had the new record. See below for the full review.
“Dr. John Albright has studied the works of Da Vinci in great detail. He has amassed a considerable collection over many years, including what many believe to be the Holy Grail. The professor is away and now is your chance to make your move. Get in the room, grab the grail and get out with it. It should be easy!”
The Holy Grail! We’re on it. It was just another one of those days. Much like Espionage the day before, we were just “on.” At 23 minutes and 50 seconds, we bested the previous record by almost 2 minutes! Sorry, I feel like bragging.
Similar to Espionage, we worked fast to tackle puzzle after puzzle, opening locks and doors to get the Grail. The setting was somewhere between an office and a museum. Someone who collects DaVinci-inspired objects, and a few artifacts. There were enough items in the room that I’m really surprised we didn’t get a little more distracted.
One of the benefits of doing multiple rooms with the same company (as long as they are actually designed by the same company), is that you can see patterns between the two rooms. You may know what kinds of things to look for, and what to avoid. There were books in these rooms, but based on our experience with the room the day before, we knew we would not have to flip through every page looking for a mark. (Unfortunately, with our Asylroom experience a few days earlier, you had to really do some in-depth searching).
Again, there was a nice variety of puzzles, all different from the other room, and multiple rooms, which I always enjoy. I think the number of puzzles involved makes it perfect for a beginner group, with a real chance to get out in time. I think the room could do with one more puzzle or obstacle. I’d recommend Escape Dublin for beginners to try their hand at an escape room, as well as enthusiasts who want to try and break our record.
After speaking with the friendly and helpful employee at Escape Dublin, I was informed that the company has a number of rooms around the world with franchise opportunities. Apparently, the owner, Daniel Hill, is bringing his McDonald’s experience to the escape room industry. They started in Edinburgh and expanded from there. According to their website, they run 9 sites in the UK (and Ireland) and have licensing sites operating in other countries. They have also built rooms for other companies in France and the U.S. Exit Games did an interview with Daniel Hill a couple of years ago.
Locations include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Blackpool, Doncaster, London, and Livingston, all under the name Escape (City Name), as well as Escapism Chester. There is also Unravel Escape in Louisiana, USA; Exit Plan in Athens, Greece; Escape Launceston, Tasmania; Escape Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Escape Yourself in Tours, France; Escape Dunedin in New Zealand; and Brainscape Games, Dubai.
They do not all feature the same naming conventions, so be on the lookout if you’ve already tried one of their locations to make sure you don’t end up repeating a similar room.
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