We signed up to get trapped in a Jumanji-esque, sentient, vaguely hostile jungle environment. What did we make of it?
- Location: Islington (nearest tube Holloway Road)
- Players: 2 to 10
- Attempted: January 2018 as a team of 4
Great things about Bamboozled
- The game host gave us a cheery welcome and a clear explanation of how the game worked.
- This room doesn’t fall into the trap of relying too heavily on combination locks and number codes; instead there is a wide variety of puzzle types, including cryptic clues, mental challenges and spatial puzzles.
- As well as the range of the puzzles, progression through the game was pleasingly organised into stages, with a visual confirmation when a stage had been correctly completed.
- We liked the jungle noise soundtrack.
On the other hand…
- The visual design of the room was a little half-hearted and scruffy; more attention to detail could have created a more immersive, exciting jungle environment.
- City Mazes advertise the room as suitable for up to 10 players. As a team of four we were each able to play a part in escaping, but we think that with a bigger group some players would be left out of the action. Almost all of the puzzles could be solved by one or two people.
- On the occasions when we got stuck and needed a hint, it was not because the puzzles were especially challenging, but because we had essentially solved a clue but how to execute the solution was too opaque. Having more in-game clues to eliminate the need for external help would make solving each stage more satisfying.
- A few spelling mistakes in clues were a bit distracting.
Who should try this room?
Family groups, Jumanji fans and groups where not everyone is an experienced escapist would enjoy this room.
Rating – 6/10