Friday, 2 September 2016

Can You Escape Reality?

There is a new craze going around the world, escape rooms. I first noticed this a couple of years ago, this fun activity involves being 'trapped' in a themed room with a group of people. With a combination of skill, logic, and teamwork you focus on getting out of the room in the required time, usually an hour.

So when I was invited to try Escape Reality Cardiff, I was really looking forward to it.

The rooms are themed, from the family friendly Jungala, based on the film Jumanji to Enigmista, based on the horror film Saw. All rooms are designed for between 2 and 6 players and there is no minimum age but I would say it isn't really suitable for the very young, because of the complex nature of the game and obviously some themes are more adult in nature.


This is the explanation "You have discovered an old board game in your attic and once opened you are engulfed by a vortex and transported into an alternative realm. After only seeing a glimpse of the terrible world inside you are thrown back into reality. Vowing never to approach the game again you attempt to leave but the door has been locked trapping you in. Glancing over to the game you see the words “The dice have been rolled.” You have no choice but to complete the game or be trapped inside the other realm for eternity. You only have sixty minutes to complete the game!"


The location right in the centre of Cardiff, not far from the castle was easy to find, and when we arrived at the reception we were given a locker for our valuables. Then we were shown to the room.

We were told that if there were any problems and we wanted to leave we could do but otherwise the challenge was to get out of the room in under an hour.

We were given a tablet that counted down the time and also acted as a scanner - certain numbers on the wall could be scanned, like a QR code and these could either give you a hint or a solution to a problem. Very useful!

When we were let into the Jungala room the room was themed, with animal paintings of the wall, a sofa, bookshelf, fireplace, cabinet, a puzzle on the wall and a board game laid on a small table.

Without giving too much away you need to look at everything in the room, be aware of anything that looks out of place, look behind things, figure out puzzles and work out codes.


The important thing is to keep your eye on the clock, although the puzzles will slowly unravel the further you progress. Don't spend all your manpower working out one thing, if one of your team seems to be working well on one task, split up and look for other puzzles and problems. One hour is not very long I can tell you, especially when there may be other challenges hidden away beyond the confines of the lounge (hint hint). I spent a long time looking at the books in the bookcase. thinking there was a puzzle to solve when I could have been doing other things.


If you are well and truly stuck you can tap on the door and get help at any time.

So did we get out? No, but we did well considering there was three of us and many groups are bigger, we were told. Would we do it again? Most definitely. We worked well as a team and it was loads of fun and something totally different.

Escape Reality is priced at £22 per person, which isn't cheap but when you look at the detail in the rooms, the theming and the fun you can have it is certainly worth doing. In fact, we are thinking of doing the Alcatraz room next. Oh and if you do the Jungala room beware of the monkeys....
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22 comments

  1. That sounds like so much fun! A bit pricey though... What I'd like though is an escape room away from the children ;)

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    1. I like your thinking! It's the sort of experience you don't go every week but would be great for a birthday or team building exercise.

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  2. My husband is looking to do something like this with a group of friends and family. It looks a lot of fun.

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    1. It certianly gets your brain working and was fun too.

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  3. I am so curious about these escape experiences part of my really wants to do one but the other is a little freaked out by the idea!

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    1. You can get out of the room at any time, so although it says you are locked in you aren't really

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  4. so much fun! I have been hearing a lot about Escape rooms and a couple of my friends and I have decided to finally go to one next week hopefully! I can not wait! xx

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  5. That sounds like lots of fun, a bit pricey though

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    1. If you are in a group of friends then it's not that bad, no more than a night out in a bar or meal. I think if you are going with family it is more of a special occasion

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  6. Oh this sounds like fun!
    I don't think we have anything quite like that around here x

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    1. You will be surprised, many major cities have them now.

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  7. It isnt cheap but it does sound like a bit of fun and something different x

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    1. It is great fun! Get your husband to do it with you and rope in some friends :)

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  8. It might be a little expensive but considering how much you get for your buck and what a unique experience it is I think that it is worth every penny.

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    1. It's certainly a unique experience and I do think for that the money is worth it

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  9. It looks like lots of fun and a bit misterious too! X

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    1. It was great fun and yes it was intriguing.

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  10. This sounds so cool, I would love to try this out :) xxx

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  11. There's one near us that my friends really want to go to, the idea scares ne haha x

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