Following our escape from the clutches of the minotaur in the Labyrinth, we headed to the other game Adrenaline have opened with – Lab 3436…
“Secret agent Dr Richard Stevens has now been missing from his lab for eight days. He was tasked to research the ability to travel through time to secure a British victory in this new dangerous technological advancement. The world as we know it could be about to change forever. Several disruptions to the time vortex believed to be caused by Dr Stevens’ disappearance have been detected. In his office a mysterious photograph could hold the key to unlocking this mission and the secrets of sustainable time travel. Only you, our top team of operatives, have the skills needed to investigate. Unfortunately, once you enter the lab, biometric security will confirm you are not Dr Stevens. This will start a security override that means the lab will self destruct after 60 minutes. The past, present and future is in your hands.”
There’s a stark contrast in the theming between Labyrinth and Lab 3436 (as you’d expect), with you going from an almost theatrical set to a more traditional escape room setting. That said, the lab is still a good quality build, feeling a bit abandoned as the story dictates.
Whilst the puzzles in Labyrinth were quite hands on, this is a game that relies a lot more on brainpower. There’s quite a bit of reading to do in parts, with a lot of the puzzles requiring thought and observation. We definitely felt stumped a few times, but eventually everything made sense and we could continue working through the game.
There’s two great pieces of technology built into this room that are real highlights. One of them is something that was already a part of the building that the creators have put to excellent use – it’s something I’ve never seen in a game and it was definitely impressive. The other piece is something quite subtle, but is one of the first times I’ve had a “how did they do that?” thought in a room.
Overall, another very good room from Adrenaline with some really good touches. We very much enjoyed both rooms, and it’s great to see yet even more good quality rooms in the North West. Their third room “Kidnapped” should be open in a few weeks – looking forward to seeing what else they’ve come up with!
Host: Our host for this one was Danny, who helped us along with clues when needed, and being an enthusiast, had plenty to talk about it when it came to rooms – the best sort of host!
Clue System: Clues were delivered via voiceover.
Success? Yes, we escaped in 47:18