The Asylum by Tick Tock Unlock Leeds
On a rainy Saturday, 10th June, ScareTOUR visited The Asylum in Leeds. No, we weren’t being admitted, we were at the new escape game from Tick Tock Unlock. But what did we think?
After the health and safety and game instruction briefings, our hosts explained the story behind the asylum and it’s underlying secret. They had discovered a room behind a wall that wasn’t on any floor plans and it was our job to unravel the mystery of what it is and what happened there. We opened the door in a brick wall and were locked in. The 60-minute count down had begun!
To explain much more would ruin a lot of the fun we had a lot of things to discover. The tension was palpable and we’re pretty sure a large chuck of our time was spent shouting things like “I’m not putting my hand in there! You do it!” “No, you do it!” “No! You!”
What struck us about all the rooms was the amount of detail that had gone into the sets. They were very well crafted and rang true to the decade they were based in. From floor to ceiling we could tell the creators had put a lot of thought into it and the props that were used. The audio was very convincing too and there were a few clever, startling moments, that had us nervous and screaming out yet again!
There are different types of locks used in the puzzles and a good range of practical tasks; thankfully not too much maths is involved! If you get completely stuck, you hear a knocking sound and a clue pops up on the countdown screen from the hosts who are watching you on camera.
We managed to get out, solving the final puzzle and punching the answer into the key pad to escape with 2:57 left on the clock.
Our only thought after was that if a full team of up to 6 take part as advertised, it might possibly be too many. The two of us were very hot and sweaty after our game and a couple of the rooms/scenarios aren’t that big, so we imagined that we would be climbing over each other in a larger group.
Apart from that, this is definitely one of the better escape games we’ve played. It offers variety in the puzzles, amazing sets, story line, static and moving props and our hosts were great. The puzzles aren’t impossible to solve either so Asylum is suitable for a range of players.
Official Website: www.ticktockunlock.com
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