HintHunt ‘Zen Room’ Escape Game Review
London has many strings to its illustrious bow, but one our favourite ways to spend our evenings in the Big Smoke these days has been by attending one of the capital’s numerous escape games, and one of the most reputable in London is HintHunt. We headed down at the weekend to try out their ‘Zen Room’ game for size.
If you’re not entirely sure what an escape room is, think Crystal Maze with a bit of Saw thrown in (obviously not all the blood and loss of limbs). To be more descriptive, an escape game is 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.
There are two games to be played at HintHunt; ‘JM’s Office’, a 1940s-inspired detective’s office where you’re trying to solve a murder mystery; and the ‘Zen Room’, a Japanese-inspired room where you and your gang try and find the meaning to five ancient Japanese letters. Naturally.
The first thing we should say about HintHunt’s games is they’re not easy. There’s a 50/50 success rate and the record time for breaking out is 53 minutes. While it’s not easy, you do obviously get a little help with clues being projected onto the room’s screen should you get stuck.
The first thing we like about the Zen Room is we weren’t told anything about the back story to the game before we entered. While some might like a bit of context, we think it added to the mystery of the game and you do work out the point of the whole thing pretty quickly anyway.
HintHunt’s Zen Room might not have the bells and whistles of some of the other games in London but it’s certainly one of the cleverest – the puzzles and games are varied, from old school code-breaking to more tech-based fun. And not only that, it’s also one of the only games we’ve played in London which does involve completely turning over the room for clues. It’s not physical as such but you do need to be looking high and low!
We loved our game at HintHunt and we’d maintain it’s one of the best we’ve played in the capital. Without given too much away, the only tip we’d really give is possibly swat up on your maths…
Located 5 minutes from Euston Station, HintHunt’s ‘Zen Room’ and ‘JM’s Office’ escape games are available now from £17 per person over at the HintHunt London Website.