Review: Mission: Breakout – The Lost Passenger

Now here’s a killer idea for an escape room – an abandoned underground tube station with real ghost stories. Truth always proves more interesting than fiction!

With a hard-hat and high vis vest our team of four descended deep down in the now closed South Kentish Town tube station to investigate ghost rumours. In 1924 a train stopped at the abandoned station by mistake and Mr Brackett got off, and he hasn’t been seen since – is Mr Brackett still alive?

Thus was our mission for The Lost Passenger at Mission: Breakout. What a fantastic idea and undoubtedly one of the best settings for an escape room in London. The set quality of this room is exceptional – real train parts and machinery are used and made functional. The atmosphere is naturally creepy and the attention to detail makes this by far the most immersive escape room I’ve done in London thus far.

However, the gameplay of The Lost Passenger is not as excellent. The copious amount of red herrings and an unclear game design made The Lost Passenger frustrating at times. There are too many spanners in the works – literally (a phrase that will only make full sense to those who have played the room). At times it’s entirely unclear what to do and while that is exhilarating, a bit more guidance and clarity in the game design would be useful.

We did escape, and were not surprised to hear that less than 50% escape even with copious hints because this room was too obscure and that kind of difficulty makes for frustration more than enjoyment for the average person.

This is a brilliant date night room or a game for people that love rough and tumble adventure. Be prepared though for your clothes to get dusty and be aware that this is a very physical game so physical strength and dexterity is required.

The Lost Passenger is an exciting escape room very much worth a visit, and with improved game design this could easily be one of the coolest escape rooms in London.

The Lost Passenger costs £28 per player. We had a team of 4 but would recommend 3 maximum as some rooms can be small with only one person able to complete certain tasks.

SCORE

Overall: 7.5/10
Fun: 7/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Room design: 9/10
Game design: 6/10
Pace: 7/10
Creativity of puzzles: 8/10
Story integration: 8/10
Foyer: 9/10
Difficulty level: expert

For more information or to book, visit: www.missionbreakout.london or call +44 2036 528144. Mission: Breakout have two escape rooms located at 141-145 Kentish Town Road, London, NW1 8PB which is a 7 minute walk from Kentish Town station.

London Escape Room Guide team members: Maryann, Ariel, Rachel, Lucie.

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