Our midweek trip to Loughborough continued with a long-awaited return to Break Escape. We’d played the first three games there a while back, and had been meaning to go back for a long time to experience their latest room, The Enchanted Forest.
After what seemed like far too long, we were finally ready to venture into the magical forest…
“A portal has been discovered that leads through to another world. The realm is under the control of a dark enchantress, and the forest sleeps. Can you wake it, and find a rare blue gem before the enchantress and make your escape?!”
There’s some great theatre to take you from the real world and through the portal into the enchanted forest, that really sets you up for a fun, magical hour. It’s a great way of starting the game, but doesn’t quite prepare you for what’s within…
The forest itself is housed in one average sized room, but it feels vast and spacious with the space really well utilised. After the game’s opening sequence, all sense of linearity is gone, with this being a properly open game, similar to Spellbound at Make Your Escape Derby. It means this room is perfect for larger groups, but even as a team of two we knew we had no time to work on things together, and went off doing entirely different things from each other.
The puzzles were well mixed, with some proper observation needed at times, some good searching skills, and a lot of patience. The latter quality was needed one on particular marmite puzzle that Sam spent more than 15 minutes on while I worked through 3 or 4 things on my own.
The room had bonus puzzles in too, allowing you to gather some extra artefacts in addition to the blue gem that’s your main objective. However, we didn’t even bother attempting these, knowing we’d barely have time to get the key part of the game complete. It’s a very good addition for larger numbers though.
Overall, a magical room with so much variety in the many puzzles available, meaning you’ll never find yourself bored.
Success? No! We went a couple of minutes over, escaping the room but unfortunately not being able to retrieve the all-important blue gem.