The Lance of Longinus is the first chapter that Time Run released and sets itself from the very beginning as a truly different experience than any other escape room we’ve played. It was hard to put it on the same scale as the others. It builds so much on top of the original concept that it should be in a category of its own.
As opposed to any other game, the reception is where the game actually starts. A strange door marks the entrance and the game starts as soon as you walk through it. From the minute you step in, you feel immersed in a different world. The room’s designers chose everythign carefully to represent a different era The decor incorporates subtly even the more technologically advanced objects.
You are a team of adventurers who is tasked by a mysterious archaeologist called Luna to retrieve a long lost artifact called: the Lance of Longinus. Unfortunately, we cannot say more without ruining the game, but we can say that the story made it possible to experience a wide range of situations and each step carefully led to the next one.
Time travelling is the central motif of the whole experience and takes players into various epochs. Decorations, objects and artefacts make up each room and totally immerse the players in a different world. There wasn’t one single moment when we felt that we weren’t in the time or place where we were supposed to be and the special effects, used abundantly, made sure of that.
The puzzles weren’t very difficult but they were numerous (and varied, considering we were always on the move). One step led to another and we always knew what we needed to do in order to move on. They were quite varied as well, requiring a diverse set of skills, from dexterity to spatial orientation. Having said this, we played the game in a team of 2 and it challenged our abilities. <ore people in the team would have definitely helped in splitting the tasks.
The Game Master
The game master is present in the form a robot which guides you through the game. As our trusted side-kick and he helped us, throughout the game, to get out of all the difficult situation. Fortunately, we got to meet him at the end so we could thank him for a great time.
The whole experience was incredibly fun and we wish we can find more experiences like this in the future. We cam back to play the second chapter as well and you can read about it here.
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Address: 9-15 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
Prices: £33-£42 / person : 3-6 people
When we played: June 2016