Having graduated from the school of witchcraft and wizardry, you’ve suddenly been brought back. Only this time, you sense something sinister at work. The professor has gone mad. Mad with power. You’ve been sealed inside the room and within an hour he will extract all magic from you. Stripped of your wand and powers, you must use your wits to retrieve your wand and escape before you lose all magic forever.
Completion Time: 35:59
Date Played: January 2020
Party Size: 4
Recommended For: Harry Potter Fans!
Lockdown is easing in some parts of the UK, so it’s time to revisit (and finally post my reviews for!) a few games I completed before the apocalypse happened. Where better to start than with the absolutely MAGICAL “Witchcraft and Wizardry” by Escape London?! Ahh, a fond memory from January when *gestures at the world* we had no idea what 2020 was going to be like.
So full disclaimer, I LOVE escape rooms that are wizarding themed. Anything remotely magical and the opportunity for effects, props and an all round vibe that excites the 10 year old inside me is a double thumbs up for me. Witchcraft and Wizardry did not disappoint – it was BEAUTIFULLY themed. I think that’s why it has stuck in my mind for so long.
Now, the game was a little closer to the famous wizard brand out there *cough*, from the coloured robes, to a couple of decorations I’m sure I’ve seen in one of the films. But I’m not complaining, it’s a winning formula and why not. Besides, my blue hair represents my house. It worked well.
In terms of puzzles, there was a very wide range of things to do! Our team of 4 immediately split up into our own bubbles, rummaging and searching and solving. This slightly more non-linear format that gives everyone something to do is my absolute favourite! I don’t want to give any spoilers for any of the puzzles, but they were ~magical~ and, given we only asked for 1 clue throughout the whole game, I’m pleased with how we did.
Overall, we loved it! I’m keeping this review on the short and sweet side as I appreciate either my memory could be failing me, or the room may have changed in the almost-year since I’ve visited, but it definitely stands out as one of my favourites of 2020. I’d recommend this for a beginner team, a team of magic fans, or anyone wanting a satisfying escape room experience.
Witchcraft and Wizardry can be booked for £24 pp + on Escape London’s website.
Mairi is the editor-in-chief and covers escape rooms/immersive theatre in London, play at home games, and video games.