Last week, we finally headed back to Lucardo to play the ever-popular University of Magic. The game is notoriously difficult to book, with it going viral on social media, and being a huge hit with Harry Potter fans, but finally, a 10am weekday slot came up, and it was time to play! (Probably the last bloggers in the North West to do so!!)
But would the room be as magical an experience as it sounds?
“You have been offered a place to study at the mystical University of Magic. In order to secure your place, you will need to cast spells, recite incantations, mix potions and battle with dark forces. Do you have what it takes to play this ultimate escape room and become the next Witch or Wizard of the University of Magic?”
With a great brief from our host Professor Rick, to putting on our cloaks and heading into the room, the immersiveness of the experience started nice and early. Inside the room, the theming is absolutely spot on. It’s so hard to believe that this space was previously home to ‘Contamination’ – gone is the sterile science lab, instead replaced by an absolutely beautiful set. There is so much to look at – even the needless shelves up high looked fantastic. All sorts of things were glowing, there was a massive array of potion bottles, and all of the props looked very authentic.
In terms of gameplay, the puzzles were perfectly varied, and very in-keeping with the magic theme. Casting spells, mixing potions and more, everything we had to do in the room was fun… until we hit a major roadblock. There was one puzzle in this game that was ridiculously frustrating, leading to us making a terrible number of time-consuming mistakes – and it’s great. Apart from a slight touch of ambiguity on one part of the puzzle, the rest of it makes perfect sense – it just takes a while to get your head around it.
The perfect mix of magical puzzles and challenging tasks, all set in a beautiful room, this is an excellent game. Enthusiasts, take a two to properly enjoy all aspects of the room – newbies, a minimum of three to break through the tougher puzzles.
Host: Our host was Professor Rick, who delivered a great brief and gave us perfectly timed clues when needed.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via a screen.
Success? Yes, after a panic in the closing minutes, we managed to get out with 2:41 remaining.