The King is dead, long live the King!
With no natural successor to the King the throne is up for grabs. He who raises the legendary Sword of Britain will take the throne.
Legend has it that the wily old King has hidden the sword within the castle. You are first onto the scene, explore the castle and retrieve the sword before the pretenders arrive
55% Escape Rate
£26 per player (4 players) £34 per player (2 players)
Shepherds Bush, London, England
No dedicated Parking, walking distance from Shepherds Bush & Shepherds Bush Market
Escaped – 43 minutes
Tucked away on Uxbridge Road, nestled between a betting shop and a 99p store, you’ll find Escape London Shepherds Bush. Fair to say when we arrived at this, really quite small, unit we weren’t expecting to be blown away. We were escorted by our games master to the back of the unit, where another fairly ordinary looking door marked the entrance of Overthrone. Waiting for the disappointment to kick in once the door was opened, we were actually really pleasantly surprised. Amazingly, these guys have managed to pull off an authentic looking castle in the back of an old retail unit! It’s definitely on the smaller side of rooms we have completed and there were some challenging areas of architecture (lower ceilings in areas) but if anything, this only adds to the illusion that you are in a castle room. The walls have been decorated with stone effect walls and Artwork that you would expect to find in a medieval castle. The furniture is aged and worn, not new and out of place. Every prop looks like it belongs and its great to see items added that form no part of the game and simply boost the sense of immersion.
Puzzles & Challenges
The scenario of Overthrone tasks you with claiming the throne of your Kingdom after your predecessor was cancelled. You have an hour to find three symbols of the crown and the throne before those against you can prevent you becoming king or queen. By working through a series of linear challenges and entering different surroundings you’ll come across these items one at a time, leading up to a final challenge that ultimately sees you become monarch and escape the room. It would have been really easy for this room to have been built using just old locked chests and hidden keys or codes. While this type of challenge is featured in the room, it is supported by a range of physical challenges and electronically controlled locks. These electronic locks are cleverly disguised in the theme of the room and rely on solutions which are in keeping with the castle setting. There was nothing unique about the puzzles we encountered, we had seen a lot of the same before, but we did find everything to be executed well. As a result, this was not the most challenging room we have ever come across. If it is your first room, you will probably have to spend a little bit more time figuring things out.
Our games master at Overthrone didn’t have a massive role on account of us escaping with just one hint. On arrival though, it was clear that the team here are passionate about what they do and run an efficient operation. We were very quickly allocated a locker and escorted to our room where we were briefed and allowed to start playing within 10 minutes of arriving. When we needed to request a hint to get past one of the last challenges, he was able to point us in the right direction subtly and promptly. On leaving we were offered a photo in the room (of course we obliged) and told how well we had worked together as a team (though we bet he says that to everyone)!
Value for Money
We played the room as a team of 4, meaning we were able to pay £26 per person. For entertainment in London during the half term, we thought this was pretty good value. The room is executed well and so you’ll leave thinking that was money well spent. Having looked at the price list for a 2 player game, these guys charge £34 per player which feels a little on the high side.
We had a great time in this room. Yes they were challenges we had seen before, but they were executed well. The theme was convincing and the room offered a sense of realism. We liked this way more than we were expecting to and are looking forward to trying some of Escape London’s other rooms in the future.