When the Fairfax family are wiped out in a plane crash the keys to the Wharf Distillery are given to you. Having no previous knowledge of gin making you open the door to the distillery and start to realize what you have taken on.There is a rumour that the recipe to the famous Wharf Gin was never written down, it was kept secret by the family as they did not trust anyone to not copy it. The recipe had been handed down through generations but alas no one considered what would happen if the entire family disappeared overnight. You have 1 hour to find the recipe and start producing gin before the liquidator arrives.
40% Escape Rate
£20 per player
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
No on site parking, nearby pay and display
Gin distillery themed escape room? Yes please … a novel theme and bang on trend at the moment. Having never played a room in this setting we were looking forward to entering the room at Dont Get Locked in. Unfortunately, when we did enter the room, it was quite disappointing. The theme has so much potential but the execution definitely falls short. With so many rooms now offering totally immersive experiences, a few pieces of themed furniture dotted about an otherwise sparse room just feels a little rushed. Apart from a barrel by the door, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a science class. Not a Gin-spirational room.
Puzzles & Challenges
Gin and Panic offers players a mix of traditional puzzles in a (Somewhat) linear format, broadly in keeping with the theme of the room. There are a couple of slightly more high tech challenges to complete, however it mainly relies on codes and locks. This in itself is not a problem, we quite like a traditional room, but we found the over reliance on maths within the room to be a bit off putting. One of the things that we also didn’t like so much was that certain puzzles just seemed to end without an apparent result, this meant we were still working on puzzles which we had finished. We didn’t make it out of the room as we became stuck on the last challenge. One of the things the guys at Dont Get Locked In do well however, is their Kudos system. If you escape from this particular room with 3 or less clues, you achieve gold Kudos and win a bottle of their Gin! We left empty handed! We also loved that the guys here won’t hand out clues – you have to ask for them, and everyone in the group has to be on board.
The scenario for Gin and Panic was delivered via a short video which then outlined some of the main rules inside the room (the usual don’t break things etc), so in terms of setting the scene our games master didn’t really have a massive role. We arrived a little late to the room due to traffic and were docked 5 minutes from the offset, this was our fault but found these guys to be the strictest on late arrivals. Once in the room the games master was very responsive when we requested clues and we did find that the clues were specific and useful, all too often you get a somewhat cryptic clue which confuses you even more! These guys didn’t make the answer obvious but did give a clear nudge in the right direction.
Value for Money
At £20 per person, it’s hard to argue that this room isn’t great value for money. We have paid more for similar and less immersive rooms. Whilst the theme isn’t executed impeccably it is far from the worst room we have completed. You could also win a bottle of Gin so if you leave with that you’ve definitely done alright.
We weren’t in love with this room. Nothing to do with the fact that we didn’t get out as we have absolutely loved some of the other rooms we’ve been locked in (check out Exit Escape NYC), but purely because we felt the challenges were less enjoyable and the theme less convincing that many of the other rooms we have completed. It really does feel like this room is unfinished and we didn’t feel that wow factor. Having said that we’d love to check out some of the other rooms these guys have to see how they stack up and how well those themes have been executed.