X-it Games Shipley: Afterlife

A discussion on the “UK Escape Room Enthusiasts” Facebook group that asked everyone how many games they’d played in 2018 made us have a quick count, only to discover we were on 99! So, we quickly had a look at where to go before the end of the year so we could end the year on a nice round 100. One place we’d been meaning to go to for a while was X-it Games in Shipley – they opened earlier in the year with their first room “Afterlife”, and it was this we chose to end the year on.

“As a mortal, to enter your afterlife, you must first die. How you die is your choice but all must enter through the void of transcendence.

Only the brave will follow the light, crawl out of the grave and go to hell and back. Logical thinking and teamwork is what you need to ensure that when your hour is up your name is found in the Book of life.

Will you escape and be granted your life back, or will you be left to wander the afterlife for eternity?”

Afterlife escape room at X-it Games Shipley

The theming in this game is of excellent quality, with the entrance into the main room being a highlight. Two areas of the game are themed around heaven and hell, while the main part throws you into a graveyard. It’s all done to a consistently high quality – everything looks great.

The puzzles match up to the high level of theming, with some great fun parts that consume a good chunk of time. Some of them were extremely frustrating, but it’s all part of the fun – this included one hellish observation/logic piece, and physical game that nearly brought us to tears.

Without a doubt, this room is definitely a challenge as a team of two. It’s offered with a minimum of three players on the website, but is playable as a pair, although it’s not something we’d recommend unless you had a decent number of games under your belt.

It’s not actually that difficult apart from those few monsters of puzzles – everything else is easily doable, but there’s a LOT to get through.

Overall, we loved this game. It’s stressful and frustrating in parts, but there’s no fun in strolling through an easy one. We really enjoyed our hour, surrounded by good theming and solid puzzles. Definitely add a trip to Shipley into any escape trips through Yorkshire – we can’t wait for their new pirate game to open!

Host: Our host was Mitch – well timed, helpful clues, and very friendly and welcoming.
Clue System: Clues were delivered via a screen.
Success? Yes, it felt like we were down to the last few seconds but we actually did it in 57:15. It meant that we ended the year with only one loss in 100!

Website: x-itgames.co.uk

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  1. It’s true. I first spoke to X-it Game’s owners back in September enquiring if the game could be played as a team of 2 as the website states minimum of 3. I was told it was definitely possible and welcomed the challenge and planned to head over but it just didn’t happen. I am so so annoyed that it did take us so long to go and play because it is so bloody good!

    The first puzzle is one that would be quite a highlight in other rooms…we were impressed! It was also fun and tempting to stay and mess around with a bit but on we had to go….and what an interesting way to go at that! The transition into the main area is certainly different. The theming in the main room is excellent, as it is in other areas too. The puzzles…. oh the puzzles… even the simple ones here are done really well…the harder ones are fiendishly frustrating but in a really good way, you certainly get the brain working here! We needed a couple of visual clues on two puzzles so you’re not without help should your brain just start to melt! I loved how you had one main target to achieve in the main room which was done by solving several other puzzles to come up with an answer to “enter” in order to progress. A lot of this room seemed quite Crystal Maze like to me and that’s always a good thing!

    We were cutting it fine towards the end time wise and were faced with a frustrating tricky physical puzzle…aghh! The short amount of time we had left really didn’t help matters but after a few attempts we managed it, only to then be faced with another tricky little issue 😀 It was all good fun though – nothing too difficult – just the pressure you put on yourself, but a panicked close finish to a room is really quite exhilarating. Loved it!

    This is X-it Games first room and I know they’re soon to open their second and I genuinely cannot wait. We were very impressed with Afterlife, it had us talking about it all the way home, that’s when we know a room is pretty special. A fantastic room to end the year on. Go and play it!

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