Review: Lock’d – The House of Alastair Moon

An escape room in London whose story merges dramatically and cleverly into its gameplay, hoorah! Hats off firstly to Lock’d’s The House of Alastair Moon for its thorough and engaging theme. Alastair Moon has been dead for a good many years but the mystery of his death and the dark magic surrounding his mansion live on. Torches in hand, our meek but mighty task was to restore harmony to the Moon magic and escape with some of his gems in our pockets (literally).

Three years in the making, the technology in this room is impressive and well integrated. A good variety of puzzles that sustain a fantastic pace through easy wins and sustained hard-won battles, this is a quality escape room.

The soundscape is immersive and the investment in voiceover actors to help tell the story made the room atmospheric and well-produced.

There’s a lot of good things to say about this room and the game maker’s attention to detail. Not all puzzles were straightforward but there’s little to get too upset about. The game master was not far away on walkie talkie (though I (un)helpfully left it in an earlier room so we were without connection for the last half) but we escaped with a minute on the clock. We had no idea we had a minute left, however, and a ticking clock or some kind of timing system would be very helpful as it’s hard to have any sense of time with the adrenalin running high.

The reception room was spacious with chocolates and water available and friendly staff. The room itself is not the easiest to get to so make sure you leave extra time to find the place. We had a team of five – an extra member to my usual four because we were warned this is Lock’d’s hardest room. Five was a bit crowded even though there was enough to keep us all stimulated so I’d recommend three or four team players.

The House of Alastair Moon costs £120 for a team of 4 people and the price adjusts for the number of players (we feel 3 or 4 is optimal).

SCORE

Overall: 8/10
Fun: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7.5/10
Room design: 7.5/10
Game design: 8/10
Pace: 8/10
Creativity of puzzles: 8.5/10
Story integration: 9/10
Foyer: 8/10
Difficulty level: intermediate

For more information or to book, visit: www.lockd.co.uk or call +442070641178. Lock’d Escape Room London have four rooms ranging in difficulty located at B108 The Biscuit Factory, Drummond Road, London, SE16 4DG. They’re a 9 minute walk from Bermondsey Station.

London Escape Room Guide team members: Maryann, Natalie, Ariel, Karen, Chris.

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