Puzzlair: A cross between Crystal Maze and Saw…

This Saturday afternoon saw me and two friends in a tricky situation. We were locked in a deserted laboratory of the Romanian genetist Dr. Lev Pasted, a clock was ticking down from 60 minutes, and we were yet to solve any clues. Dr. Lev must have foreseen that people may have found his labs and planned ahead. If we didn’t solve the clues and escape the room before the time ran out, we were toast! Eek!

Before you all panic too much, this was not real. You can all calm down now. We were actually within one of two escape rooms, put together by the genius people of Puzzlair. Now this is a tricky game to write about as I don’t want to give too much away – you need to try this for yourself – but I’ll try and give you a feeling of the experience though…

Puzzlair is described as a 4D Escape Game. Apart from that, the website does not give much away on what to expect. Reading comments on the wall on arrival, it becomes even more curious. The only hints we were given before being locked in the room by the games master were: “it’s a brain game” and “search everything!” Hmmm…

Within minutes of our briefing, the tension began to develop. You have to work out what clues link to which problem and the order to solve the problems. It gets stressful! Teamwork is key to the game. You need to work together to make sure you don’t miss any clues and communicate regularly so you don’t repeat anyone else’s work. My main tip is remember the advice to search everything. We were on chairs, scouring surfaces, pulling out drawers, anything to try and find some hints.

And we did it! WIth 3 minutes 44 seconds to spare – PHEW!!! We have to say a massive thank you to the games master as he helped us out in some particularly confusing moments. If it wasn’t for him, we would be dead right now.

We might not have smashed it – but we escaped! Photo thanks to Puzzlair

Such a great experience. We need to go back to try the other room and smash our time! Big thank you to Gabor for the opportunity to try this out. We all loved it and were talking about it for the rest of the afternoon/

This would be a fab Christmas present for any puzzle lovers or those obsessed with the Crystal Maze (who wasn’t?) – you can order vouchers on the website. Also a great team building exercise; something a bit different to raft building… 🙂

If you don’t believe me, then check out the rave reviews on Trip Advisor – http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186220-d5961620-Reviews-Puzzlair_Bristol-Bristol_England.html

Website: www.puzzlair.co.uk

Twitter: @PuzzlairB

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