M4 Escapes – Dino Deadlock

M4 Escapes – Dino Deadlock
Location: Chippenham
Game Date: 26/08/2020
Team: Amy & Ian


“You’ve discovered a mobile Jurassic research facility bus whilst on a tour of the Jurassic kingdom. Disaster strikes and you have just 60 minutes to escape.”

Dino Deadlock looked AMAZING. There is no other word for it, the most real, authentic setting for a game theme on a bus would be a bus… and dino deadlock achieved that. The game is beautifully detailed, with the space being used fantasticlly and the attention to detail is second to none, it has details that would be easily missed, but make SUCH a difference to the immersion and world building. Spectacular.
There was an excellent use of sound, which just added to the immersion and really captured your imagination into really beliving that you were stranded in the middle of Jurassic Dino-Park.
The space itself isn’t HUGE (yet it’s not small either) a group of 6 may have to shimmy past each other, but you could easily spead out in the entire area, but the intricate and creative use of space meant this was never a problem, and you will be so wowed with the scenery and set design you wont even notice having to “excuse me” past people.
The lighting was perfectly atmospheric, again, used subtly to enhance the theme and immersion, it was never a problem.
There are a couple of steps to get into the room, but once in it is a flat surface.
There is one excellent set piece that really, REALLY wowed us!

Game Play:
An open game, that had a nice mix of puzzles, all centered around finding the neccesary components to repair the bus.
Gameplay was made up of word, logic, observation, teamwork, searching, physical and codebreaking. A good assortment that will give everyone in the team a chance to have their “moment”
Puzzles were spot on in theme, and felt like they were real tasks that would have been part of the research tasks the team was carrying out. There were a few nice moments where puzzles soved led to story point and world building.
Ah-ha moments came, and kept on coming, as all the puzzles were solid in their logic and perfectly solveable and very enjoyable. There were absolutley no red-herrings in the room, or anything that was meant to distract the players.
Flow was superb, the open nature meant we could bounce from puzzle to puzzle and never got “brain fried”
Sign posting was subtle, but enough to give the logic to the puzzles and aide you in solving them.
An excellent room, any fans of dinos have to play this game, an acheivable game for new players and a delightful game for enthusiasts.

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a very well themed screen within the room.

Game Host:
Tom was our game host and was enthusiast and friendly! He delivered a good brief and story to the room and excellent clues throughout the game.

Covid19 Safety:
Social distancing was adhered to at all time and masks were required within the room and briefing area. The room was very clean.

Did we escape?
Yes, in 49 minutes

Website: https://m4escapes.co.uk/
2 Players £50
3 Players £75
4 Players £80
5 Players £100
6 Players £120

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