A few weeks ago, we headed off to Nottingham for our first proper escape room trip since before the pandemic. We had a few games lined up, but started off with a visit to one of our favourite escape room companies – Escapologic!
We’re always excited to play a new Escapologic game, ever since our first visit to play all of the games back to back a few years ago, and being blown away by every single one.
Finally, after a lot longer than we’d have liked to have left it, we got ourselves back down to Nottingham to play the Warhammer themed Immaterium…
“Passengers on pilgrimage aboard a trader ship, Evadere The Tempestas, on course to holy Terra. Pilgrims have been escorted to their quarters deep within the bowels of the vessel, upon entering they are told the ship will soon translate into the warp and the journey will begin. The ship stirs into life, players hear a distant rumble and feel a faint vibration as the engines wake. As the warp jump is made, the warp core and several ship systems fail, causing massive damage to the craft. Players have no choice but to leave and find out what has happened or risk being trapped in the crew quarters while the ship is slowly torn apart. Here the real journey begins… battle through the Warp Storm and escape the ever seeping Chaos.”
It’s worth starting this review by saying I know absolutely nothing about Warhammer. I’ve heard the name before, but prior to playing this game, I didn’t have a clue what it was.
As such, I can’t comment on the authenticity of the experience for Warhammer enthusiasts – however, I can give my thoughts on how it stands as an escape room outside for those who are considering playing without any prior knowledge.
First of all, the theming is as high quality as we’ve come to expect from Escapologic. The whole space had been perfectly transformed into the ship, with thorough detail from floor to ceiling. The theming, combined with some fun special effects, left you with an immersive trip into the world of Warhammer.
The gameplay felt unusual – it was far from your traditional escape room, even more so than the usual from Escapologic. Instead of the usual types of puzzles with lots of thinking required, this was much more hands-on. There were plenty of interactive elements, and a fair bit of crawling (and a little climbing too), while a lot of the puzzles relied heavily on your observational skills.
It’s definitely one of the easier games at Escapologic, but it still felt challenging in parts, and there were a couple of moments we were both stumped and exhausted (it was a hot day in a very warm room!).
Overall, it’s fair to say you don’t require any prior knowledge of Warhammer to play this game. It’s accessible for all escape room fans, while also being extra-attractive for those in the Warhammer circle. As I said earlier, I can’t comment on how this holds up for Warhammer fans, but with the level of detail and effort that’s gone into the build, I can only imagine it’s a very faithful homage.
In summary – an enjoyable game across a superbly built space, with an particularly fun final piece to wrap things up.
Host: Our host was Jess, who was helpful with clues, and gave us a fun, enthusiastic brief. It was also great to catch up with owner Simon after the game for the first time in ages.
Success? We made it out in around 52 minutes, as the usual team of 2.