A “stunning escape room experience” where the creators “go out of our way to challenge you” is a very high standard to set and my team of 2 were excited to experience Fun Times Immersive’s Lift of Doom and be impressed.
The idea of a 20 minute escape room in the back of a bar is a fantastic experiment – a mutual draw card for casual dining guests and game room enthusiasts – and pairing the experience with a cocktail before or after makes the thought even more appealing.
Our verdict, however? The cocktail was tasty but the escape room was messy and dissatisfying. Dissatisfying both for the puzzles and the set – the puzzles are basic and almost entirely related to maths equations and, and the set is falling apart. We had escaped but 5 minutes after pressing the button we thought there was something we’d missed… just that the door didn’t properly open. Because the game master doesn’t watch and facilitate this experience there was no way of knowing. If you get stuck you’ll likely never escape and if you blitz through you could be out in all of 5 minutes.
There is unfulfilled potential in this idea, and with a renovation of the room’s design and set, Fun Times Immersive could be onto a good mixer escape room cocktail experience. If the room was renovated and redesigned we’d be happy to come back and re-evaluate.
Lift of Doom is a 20 minute mini escape room that costs £34 with two cocktails. We had a team of 2 which is recommended.
Room design: 4/10
Game design: 4/10
Creativity of puzzles: 4/10
Story integration: 5/10
Difficulty level: beginner
For more information or to book, visit: www.funtimesonline.co.uk. Fun Times Immersive is in Shoreditch at 104 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SG, which is a 10 minute walk from Old Street station.
London Escape Room Guide team members: Maryann, Molly.