We Escaped In
On a secret mission deep in the South American Jungle you and your team have been taken captive by a band of ruthless mercenaries, loyal to your enemies and fierce opponents of the Agency and everything you stand for.
From your tiny campsite cell you hear yelling, someone has breached their security boundary, as the soldiers of fortune flee the camp to deal with the intruders you must seize your opportunity!
You have just 60 minutes before they return to make your escape from the cell, outsmart their security measures and find a way to contact Agent Brains to activate the emergency extraction protocol, your life depends on it!
Agent Brains from the outside is a really smart operation. A nice and well presented store front in the Centre of Letchworth. It’s always difficult to judge how good a room is going to be from the store front as we’ve visited some really decent looking venues only to be disappointed by the room. Thankfully, on this occasion, the team behind Agent Brains have successfully managed to create a level of immersion that not many independent UK rooms have accomplished.
For those not familiar with the area, despite the Garden City in it’s name, Letchworth is about as far from the South American jungle as you can imagine, so for this room to create a pretty convincing forest on the high street is quite something. Initially entering the room the scenario immediately takes hold. We are captive and we are in the jungle.
After escaping our initial confinement, we were able to see the rest of the room, which pleasingly continues with the level of immersion we experienced at the very beginning. The walls were realistically covered with leaves and bark, whilst bugs are found on the props around the room. There are weapon style cargo crates around the room (in keeping with the military encampment) and burlap supply sacks. Nothing in the room looked unconsidered, and it was great to see a level of props and items that allowed us to scavenge without throwing us completely off track.
We don’t want to give any spoilers away, but one of the most immersive features of this game comes at the very end. We were really impressed with the way this final area was incorporated into the gameplay.
Puzzles & Challenges
After heaping praise on the immersive nature of the jungle jailbreak room, it’s great to be able to share that the puzzles and challenges are equally as considered and executed.
The scenario references being trapped in our tiny cell and so it was no surprise to be challenged with escaping our prison before taking on the challenges that lie around the main room. As a team of two this meant starting the game alone which added to the experience, however bigger groups will still be challenged. It’s worth noting that this isn’t a scary room and is 100% family friendly, just be aware that you’ll want to split the brains equally between each team!
The tasks in the room follow a relatively linear pattern, with solutions being used once and contributing to a larger puzzle that allows escape. The puzzles themselves are made of a mix of logic and cryptic clues. It felt very crystal maze for the first half of the game, which given the theme felt in keeping with what Agent Brains were trying to achieve. There were a lot of scattered clues to each puzzle which meant we had a lot of fun scavenging around the room for answers and clues.
There is also a unique and entertaining physical puzzle that pops up about half way through the game. Nothing that will prevent older relatives or disabled players from taking part but something that we personally have only ever seen played by soap stars on I’m a Celebrity! Not going to lie, we were hesitant at first but once we got “stuck in” it was hilarious to watch each other!
There really is nothing better than going to an escape room where you know the owners have put everything into their games. What was evident straight from our arrival was that the team at Agent Brains love these rooms and enjoy playing rooms themselves. It’s testament to their creativity that the team have played so many rooms and yet still manage to build something unique of their own.
Our host was awesome from the offset. Gauged our understanding of rooms in general so didn’t need to go through the basic house keeping but ran through the scenario with us and got us in the mood for the game. Once inside, we fortunately didn’t need to take clues to reach the end of the game, however it was clear that these would only have been offered if we had asked for them which suits us fine. I have no doubt however the team would have been on hand with clues if we had needed them!
Value for Money
Agent Brains have a stepped pricing system so the more players the cheaper it is per person. For us as two players it was £28. It’s not the cheapest room we have played but given that its independent, family run and well executed we think this is great value for money. As escape rooms go, this isn’t expensive. With free on street parking very close by too this is a very reasonable price.
We absolutely loved playing this room. The setting, puzzles and team all combined to create a thoroughly enjoyable experience. As a team of two we had plenty to do to keep ourselves busy, but there is so much going on in the room that even if we had been a larger team we would probably have spent a bit more time scavenging around. We managed to escape pretty quickly, but we didn’t feel that this took anything away from the game at all. Families in particular are likely to really enjoy themselves in this room.
Based on our Jungle Jail Break, we will definitely be paying another visit to these guys to see how we get on escaping Back to the Future and the Lab!