After taking on our first ever Game of Thrones style game earlier in the day, we headed across Leeds to play our first Narnia themed room. We first visited Locked In Games back in mid-2015 to play Classroom of Doom & Nursery Nightmares, back when the company was housed in a much smaller location. They’re now in a very impressive former library, with a huge staircase, and massive waiting area, and a bit of an abandoned, creepy feel. They’ve brought the two original games we played with them to their new location, as well as four brand new rooms.
“Step through the wardrobe into the bleak, eternal winter of Narnia. The White Witch is determined not to let anyone get in the way of her quest for power, least of all a family of human children. She has set a deadly trap for Lucy, Peter, Edmund and Susan and without your help, they have little hope of escaping from her evil clutches. Can you work out how to free the Pevensie children from the dark dungeon in the White Witch’s icy castle? Or will they perish before taking their rightful place at the thrones of Cair Paravel?”
The game starts outside the wardrobe, with some simple but clever warm-up puzzles before you get into the bulk of the game. For a small opening part of a room, this has been well painted, and is a nice introduction. From there, you head through the wardrobe into Narnia, and what a lovely space this is. From stars in the sky to trees around you, this has a lovely magical feeling to it. There are so many things to look at in this room, a majority of which all play a part in the game.
Another thing you’ll see a lot of are padlocks – this is a very lock heavy game. It didn’t become tedious though, as every puzzle was enjoyable and in theme. None of the puzzles were too difficult, and you can picture this being a popular family room. We needed a few hints as we went along as we found ourselves with a lot at hand but no clue what to do with it. However, once we were pushed onto the right path, it became a linear game, and although it might leave some people with nothing to do if playing as a larger group, it was a lot of fun as a two.
Overall, this is a lovely game to play, with nice theming and enjoyable gameplay. We’re definitely planning a return visit soon to take on the other three games we’ve not experienced yet!
Host: Our host was Destiny who gave us perfectly timed hints that did the trick in terms of pushing us to exactly where we needed to be.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via a screen in the room.
Success? We escaped in around 51 minutes, taking around three hints.