Last year we headed to Battersea to take part in a brand new game by Do Stuff Escape Games called ‘Hostage Hideout’. And what ensued was one of the most innovative and well-designed escape games we’ve played. A year on and the gang at Do Stuff are back with another addition to their escape line-up and this time there’s pie and mash!
If you’re not aware of what an escape game actually is – it’s a physical adventure game in which you and a group of friends are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve puzzles, codes and locks, and escape within a set time limit – usually 1 hour.
‘Pie and Mash Shop’ follows that exact formula with the plotline as follows; “’Pie and Mash Shop’ challenges players to solve the mystery of shop owner Albert Bow’s inexplicable disappearance. By assuming the role of police investigators, gamers must solve physical and mental puzzles in a 60 minute race against the clock, in order to discover Albert’s fate.”
Having experienced the brilliant Hostage Hideout previously, we knew roughly what to expect from the Do Stuff gang. But what we weren’t expecting was the bar to have been raised quite so considerably.
We’re happy to state that Pie and Mash Shop is probably the best designed escape room we’ve played in London. It’s quintessentially London-centric, and while it may not have the technological bells and whistles of some of the higher budgeted games in the capital, the Do Stuff team’s background in theatre prop design is evident as soon as you enter the room, which feels like it was plucked right out of the East End.
The game was itself is heavily lock and code focused – so a game for the real escape room purists. It’s methodical but on the difficult side as there was noticeably far less help from the Gods watching you. Having done our fair share of rooms, it’s great to still see genuinely new tricks of the trade, and there were also more twists in the Pie and Mash Shop than we could have possible expected.
Put simply, Do Stuff are one of the best escape game makers around. They offer beautifully conceived ideas and their brilliantly clever rooms should really be towards the top of your London ‘stuff to-do’ list.
Do Stuff’s Pie and Mash Shop is open daily with the first game at 12:00 and the final game starting at 20:00. We’d say a team of 4 is perfect for Pie and Mash Shop but logistically you could go in with a team of 2 or 5, it just might get a bit cramped at points with a larger team.
Located around a 5 minutes’ walk from Battersea Park Station, Do Stuff Escape Games can be found at The Grove pub (a great little pub which serves decent enough burgers (unfortunately no pie)), with prices starting at £80 per game. And if you can beat our time of 6 minutes and 22 seconds, we’ll buy you a chicken & mushroom. Maybe.