Lucardo Rawtenstall: Gem Runner

We only went to Lucardo Rawtenstall to play Corruption, but after escaping, we were convinced to give Gem Runner a go. We originally played Gem Runner at the Manchester Lucardo around one and half years ago, but decided to head in there anyway to see how different it was (and it was a great game anyway, so it wasn’t a chore to replay it!).

“The famous 190 carat Saratov diamond from Russia is being deposited at the central bank in Rawtenstall. Lucardo has hacked the security system, buying your team a one hour window to steal the diamond. Can your team pull off Rawtenstall’s biggest ever heist?” Runner at Lucardo Rawtenstall

Heading into the room, the authentic bank setting of the original game was well-replicated, and despite it being a smaller space, there was no feeling that it was a smaller game. In fact, there was an additional authentic prop that didn’t feature in the original game that was a nice touch. As with the original game, you eventually head into the vault, and the theming for the new version’s vault is a nice step up. Although, you take a few steps down as it’s in the cellar!

The puzzles were mostly the same, so we were helped along by distant memory, although still struggled on a few obvious things! There were a couple of slight changes, including one puzzle that was very well adapted for the new location.

Without comparing it to Manchester, this is a fun game, set in an authentic feeling bank, with a nice mix of puzzles. It’s a good game for beginners, with nothing too complex, but it’s still a decent challenge for more experienced players.

Overall, a good game, both faithful to the original, and innovative where things couldn’t  be replicated. We had a lot of fun, and we’re glad we decided to give it a go.

Host: I don’t remember our host’s name, but although it was her first day, she did a good job with well timed clues.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via a screen.
Success? Yes, we escaped in… I have no idea, it was nearly two weeks ago! I think there was at least 15 minutes remaining though.


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