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Enigma Rooms – Dracula’s Tomb

Enigma Rooms – Dracula’s Tomb
Location:
Hull
Game Date: 28/05/2021
Team: Amy & Ian
Duration: 60 Minutes

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We were invited up to test Enigma Rooms’ latest creation “Impact” but unfortunately it wasn’t ready at the time (which I’m sure if you listen to the General Geekery podcast you’ll get the jist of what went on) – but still, we were booked in to play both the other rooms there so we hot footed it to the OTHER SIDE of the country (and our first ever trip to Hull!) to take on the rooms at Enigma

Theme:
When digging the footings to build Princes Quay Shopping Centre in Hull a vault was found. The greatest scholars of the day were brought in to uncover the meaning of what had been found. One name started to be mentioned by the scholars…….Dracula! Is this the long lost Castle Dracula? Many associations are made with Dracula and Whitby but this questions these ideas and Hull is the centre for many Dracula/vampire mysteries?”

From its (not so humble) beginnings in the undiscovered vault, which was very imposing with its oak panneled walls and omnious atmopshere, Dracula’s Tomb set the tone and immersion perfectly. The game was cleanly decorated, with nothing out of place or distracting, and the subtle touches and world building was excellent. This room had a good sense of adventure and discovery as you went deeper and deeper into the crypt. This naturally brought some moments of darkness to the game, but this was not a problem… torches are provided and the lack of light was perfectly in theme.

The immersion was good, and whilst not a terrifying game, it certainly had some very spooky moments and a suitably creepy atmosphere.

The room was plenty large enough for a team of 6 players.

Game Play:
A fairly linear game, that had a wide range of puzzles. Word, observation, physical, searching. A good mix, but a game that lent more towards the physicallity and exploration side of things rather than pure puzzling. (which is never a bad deal!)
The puzzles and tasks were all well in theme, and intrinsic to the room, with geniune ah-ha moments that kept us engaged throughout the game.
There was one puzzle that absolutley stumped us for the longest time, mainly due to us being numpties, but the reason I’m including it was the way Nick clued us through, which was absoloute perfection. So rest assured you’re in safe hands with the GMs at Enigma!
The signposting was marvellous, a real delicate touch was taken, but enough for us never to have any sticky moments or to be overly “hand held”
Flow was ace, a really slick game that has clearly been refinied and honed. With a definite beginning, middle and end this game told a story during your time in the room!
A great game for both newbies and enthusiasts.

Clue System:
Clues were delivered via a screen in the room

Game Host:
Nick was our game host (And also the overall owner of Enigma Rooms) and he was fantastic, funny, enthusiastic yet also excellent in his clue delivery timing. A stellar host.

Covid19 Safety:
Rooms were incredibly clean and all steps had been made to make the premesis as covid secure as possible

Did we escape?
Yes, in around 40 minutes

Website: https://enigmarooms.co.uk
Price:
2 Players £40
3 Players £54
4 Players £68
5 Players £80
6 Players £90

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