“We are a top secret organization that investigates strange and mysterious cubic phenomena throughout space and time. So secret we can’t tell you our name. Because we don’t even have one.“
Rating: A Lot of Heart
Completion Time: 59:59
Date Played: 14th of May 2018
Party Size: 6
An oldie, but a goodie! When people ask me what my favourite escape room of all time was, I always say the Mystery Cube. Most people haven’t even heard of it! But why do I name it my top? It’s just got SO MUCH love in it. From the hilarious host, to the creative puzzles, and amusing plot line …. This is it! Escape room owners take notice.
It just goes to show you don’t need the biggest budget in the world, just a sprinkle of passion and a bit of enthusiasm.
In terms of game play, Mystery Cube is very classic! It’s quite a small room and everything can be done at the same time. So no tricky “do this to unlock this thing”, you can all get stuck in. It uses a lot of padlocks – which I don’t hate by the way, and there were just enough “aha!” moments throughout that the whole thing was wildly brilliant.
One of the biggest stand out things about Mystery Cube for me is how attentive the host is. He reads the room so well and even makes notes about your game play throughout so that you have some great memories to look back on. Here is what was said about our play through:
Ultra-experienced escapers – and one of them a mystery murderer! Lots of general jollity in the Mission Briefing but straight into serious mode when the Mission began. Very fast start, discoveries and solved aplenty! Signs were good for a super-escape…but an early mistake was not spotted and corrected for 20 precious minutes and an “easy” find was overlooked. Delay! Very organised but a tendency to hack (sorry, process of elimination) which consumed significant time and mental energy whilst working on only one occasion! A useful recap after 46 minutes for the final task but alas some major over-complication impeded progress. What resulted was a fantastically exciting (even for Professor QB) escape with one second remaining! Escape time: 59m59s! Wow! Literally couldn’t have cut it any finer! And it’s always great to see escape room veterans having enjoying themselves!
“The trick is to look through the slot…”
“Check under things as well.”
“We can do it by a process of elimination.” (Hack alert!)
“Mairi, you’re on fire!!”
“Oh my god I found a key!” (Applause!)
“Fresh eyes just in case.”
“Is that not this though?”
Overall, the easiest top review I’ve ever given.
Mystery Cube can be played at Mystery Cube HQ in South London. Prices start at £22.50 pp.