It is 1795 AD.Your team’s holiday was ruined because your boat shipwrecked.You managed to reach a desert island which is a hiding place for pirates. The pirates offered you to stay in Captain’s Cabin but their plan is to sell you as slaves when they reach the first harbour. You only have 60 minutes to find the hidden key of the Captain’s Cabin to escape.
about £20 per player
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
No dedicated Parking, Pay & Display available
Pete, Nate, Andy
Escaped – 49.00
The word that sums up this room’s theme would be “budget.” Unfortunately as a result of this cost saving approach the room just doesn’t achieve the sense of immersion that we wanted to see from the Pirate theme. We would go so far as to say that you could probably replicate the feel of this room at your own home with a quick shopping trip to the Range. The walls of the ship are bamboo roll, and the flooring is office carpet tiles. The most random item was a second hand cast iron fence panel which just had no place in the room. It wouldn’t take too much to step this up a notch but in it’s current state it feels like the room has been opened before it is ready.
Puzzles & Challenges
For the most part, the puzzles within the Irate Pirate are alright. There is nothing here that will blow you away in terms of uniqueness or novelty but relying on tried and tested challenges isn’t something we are against. There isn’t an over reliance on padlocks and keys which we have seen in other lower budget rooms. This room definitely has a couple of interesting surprises even if they aren’t executed flawlessly.
This was the first room we have ever completed where we feel like one of the worst elements was the games master. We spent a good ten minutes waiting in the lobby before they even came to speak to us! The scenario was handed to us on a piece of laminated paper and there was no attempt at adopting a character by the staff at all! Once locked in, we didn’t ask for any clues so its difficult to judge them on responsiveness. The strangest thing about this experience though was making it out of the room. Our Games Master was nowhere to be seen – we wandered back to the waiting room and asked another staff member to take our picture. Perhaps he didn’t make it off the pirate ship himself!
Value for Money
It’s hard to get past the fact that this room has been executed on a low budget but still charges an average price for its rooms. Quite frankly, there are better rooms nearby for the same price so our view is that this does not offer great value for money if you are paying in full. However, these guys frequently offer discounts on Groupon and so if you manage to book this way it’s probably worth it.
For all of it’s shortcomings in immersion, this was still an enjoyable room. It won’t be remembered as one of the best rooms we have ever completed but we left having had a good time. We saw the funny side in the games master’s absence and the decor, but if this was your first room it might leave you wondering what the hype is all about.