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?”
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!