Review: Escape Rooms – Project D.I.V.A

With four divas in tow we thought it only right to try Escape Rooms Project D.I.V.A room in Angel. We were promised high tech sci-fi and that’s what we got – a fully automated room tasked with infiltrating artificial intelligence program D.I.V.A’s core in order to salvage humanity’s noble pursuits on Mars. With six minutes on the clock us divas were victorious and the only un-automated door in the room opened to teleport us back from 2038 to 2019.

Having done mostly traditional escape rooms and scary escape rooms so far in London, it was good fun to try a more high-tech room. The lasers, fabulous mission intro video, hydraulic doors and integrated phone app were a hit as were the single focus team-based tasks. Our group thrived off having to achieve one thing at a time rather than a scatter gun hunting and gathering design, which meant all four members felt a sense of achievement in escaping.

Another big positive is the reception facilities and friendly game master staff. Many rooms in London are cramped for space and suffer for it, but these rooms have clean toilets, lockers for storing valuables, and even a charming bag of sweets at the end.

Make no mistake, this is a good room and will make for an enjoyable hour, but our team felt the room lacked a variable pace – especially a sense of racing against the clock – and the final few tasks were so short it was over quickly without a dramatic build. For example, the lasers could be better utilised to be more complex and challenging. We’d love to see a more atmospheric soundscape to give a sense of pending doom. The story itself could also be more integrated through the gameplay as many of the puzzles were engaging but often disconnected from the overall A.I theme.

Overall we had an enjoyable escape room experience and would definitely go back. Their sister room promises to be a physically demanding high tech room so for a group of trained dancers we feel up to the task – stay tuned for a potential comparison review.

Project D.I.V.A costs £115.20 for 4 people which we felt was the optimal amount of people.

SCORE

Overall: 7/10
Fun: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Room design: 7/10
Game design: 7/10
Pace: 6/10
Creativity of puzzles: 7/10
Story integration: 7/10
Foyer: 8/10
Difficulty level: beginner

For more information or to book, visit: www.escaperooms.co.uk or call +44 207 2535378. Escape Rooms have two high tech rooms in Angel and two traditional rooms in London Bridge. The Angel rooms are located Unit 2, 3 Lever Street, London, EC1V 3QU. They’re an 11 minute walk from Angel Station.

London Escape Room Guide team members: Maryann, Ariel, Molly, Jon.

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