Lucardo Rawtenstall: Corruption

Nearly two weeks ago (I’ve been meaning to write this for ages!), we headed to the new branch of Lucardo, based in the nice little town of Rawtenstall. The branch includes another version of Gem Runner, also open at their Manchester location, but we went to play their first original game… Corruption.

“You are a bunch of cops working on an operation to bust a notorious criminal gang known for car theft, robbery, kidnap and murder. Police headquarters have been tipped off about a hideout and will conduct a raid in 60 minutes’ time. The only problem? You’ve been corrupted and are working with the gang. You’ll need to sabotage the hideout, dispose of incriminating evidence and plant clues to lead your colleagues in another direction. Can you stay one step ahead of the law and escape without a prison sentence?”

Corruption at Lucardo Rawtenstall

There are plenty of police/detective games out there already, and from the room description, this sounds like a nice twist on the concept, as for once you work against the police. You’re tasked with finding a number of incriminating pieces of evidence, and replacing them with clean items to throw them off the case. However, there’s a lot more to this game than you read into from the above brief. Without giving anything away, the Lucardo team have come up with some genius ideas to amp up the immersiveness. It’s definitely an experience we’ve not had before!

On top of all of this, the room looked great too. What the description doesn’t say, is that this game takes place in an MOT garage, and it looks very authentic, with so many spot-on props and one brilliant center-piece that you wouldn’t expect to find on the first floor of the old terraced house Lucardo is based in.

The gameplay was great too, with the perfect mix of puzzles that need some thinking, a bit of searching, and a couple of great Crystal Maze-style skill challenges that needed a bit of teamwork.

Overall, this game delivered a lot more than we expected. Not because we were expecting a poor experience (every Lucardo game we’ve played has been great!), but because there are so many surprises and unexpected twists that aren’t even hinted at in the description. The set, the puzzles, the immersive theatre – this is my favourite Lucardo game yet.

Host: Our game was hosted by Simon and Dave, who delivered the experience perfectly. Well timed, useful clues too!
Clue System: Clues were delivered by a screen>
Success? Yes, we got out having replaced all the evidence, and had around 5 minutes remaining.


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  1. Wow. I had heard good things about this room from Brit of an Escape Habit who highly recommended it so we had to go and see for ourselves what was so good about it, although we’d have got there eventually anyway!

    We’ve done all the Lucardo Manchester rooms and are big fans and we just expected more of the same at the new Rawtenstall venue….but we were wrong. Corruption is a step up from the Manchester rooms (although University of Magic is an exception).

    I really really want to mention a part of this game that we haven’t seen anywhere else, something that really adds to the immersion of the whole game but I can’t! Even saying when this happens would spoil it but it is a brilliant touch. The room itself is set up very well with authentic props, it really is like being in a garage, even the smell of the place is real!

    I loved that you had something different to do rather than just escape with having to find the pieces of evidence and replace them. Puzzles were fun and in theme and as Jamie says, a mix of searching and physical. As always with Lucardo’s rooms – look everywhere! The space in this room is used really well and takes in more than just the MOT garage and we were surprised at one point to see what was behind a door, expecting just a bog standard office. Our hosts Simon and Dave were great, on the ball with clues and adding to the immersion of it all.

    Corruption is a very very good room and I think is Lucardo’s best room even above University of Magic! Loved it.

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