After three games at the first site, we headed across the road for The Panic Room’s answer to a murder mystery…
“Can you solve the case of the Defective Detective?
One of our most popular rooms to date is alive and kicking however the victim isn’t.
There has been a murder! However the detective has come to the completely wrong conclusion. You must gather your own team of detective friends and family and try to solve who the real killer was before he hands in his case at Police HQ.
Quite possibly one of the most ridiculous investigations you might find yourself on, expect lots of laughs and surprises along the way! This is one you really won’t want to miss!”
You’re led from reception to an unmarked, sort of abandoned looking building down the street, which is the location of the apartment the murder has taken place in. Already, this is a big touch of immersion, which only gets more immersive as you step into the fantastically created corridor of flats.
You them step into the actual apartment itself and it is HUGE. You really don’t expect to open the door to find such a large space, but wow. We’ve played quite a few games set in some quite basic apartment settings, but this one looks like it is actually lived in, with a spacious kitchen, big living area and even a bedroom. It’s one of the most realistic settings we’ve played in!
The game sees you trying to unravel the mystery of a murder, but it’s not as straightforward as it seems, due to the bumbling detective who attempted it before you making many mistakes. It’s a funny game with puns a plenty, and some big twists to the tale.
A nice mix of puzzles takes you through the story, although there were a few that were slightly ambiguous, and the games flow did stop completely sometimes as we stood around with absolutely no idea what we were supposed to do. Once we got back into it though, we unveiled some great surprises, before getting to the finale that revealed the fate of the victim… and it’s great!
Overall, this is a really bizarre game. The apartment feels really quite mysterious, and as you find out more about the backstory of the victim, you do feel yourself getting sucked right into the plot. There’s also a nice use of tech, as you’re given a special detective phone to use, with which you can send photos of any evidence you find to HQ, who will in turn send back any case files they have to help you.
Host: Our host was the very funny Jack, who gave us plenty of help when needed, and really helped you get into comedy of the game.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via walkie talkie.
Success? Yes, we escaped in 56:00