Can you outwit The Outfitters?

Can you outwit The Outfitters?

IT’S 1926 Chicago and depression is still rife. Jobs are few and far between and the Prohibition has been in force for six years now.

Everyone still drinks so nothing has changed. But now the mob control the streets, the supply and the money. The influence of the Outfit is far reaching. Most of the cops are even under their control. It’s down to you to put them in the joint!

 

Hatton Escape Rooms, Tulleys, The Outfitters

And so the scene is set for The Outfitters, Hatton Adventure World’s second themed escape room game, where you are part of a specially assembled task force whose mission is to infiltrate the mob’s network and gather the evidence needed to put them away forever – without your cover being blown – and within just 60 minutes!

Sounds simple enough? Well that sort of depends how escape room savvy you are.

Even for those who’ve thus far evaded the escape rooms phenomenon, there’s no denying they have grown massively in popularity over recent years and it’s a concept we’re now all familiar with.

For my family, it is not so new however. We’re seasoned ‘escapees’ now having succeeded – and failed – in a wide variety of themed rooms over recent years.

Hatton Escape Rooms, Tulleys, The Outfitters

The Outfitters is one of the new Tulleys escape rooms which recently opened around the corner from us at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick. And, after escaping Tulleys’ other room Mutiny with merely seconds to spare just a couple of weeks ago, there was little optimism upon our return when we were informed this was the more difficult of the two!

While being careful to avoid spoilers, a series of clues and codes lead us through themed rooms which, if we’re to progress, demand teamwork and methodical thinking in abundance.

Thankfully(!) clues are available on request and don’t be too proud to ask for them sometimes when, as we did, you hit a mental block on certain puzzles. You’re ultimately in control of the game (although it sometimes doesn’t feel that way!) so can ask for as much or as little help as you like.

As seasoned escapees, The Outfitters is among the more creative of our experiences – even though we narrowly failed to complete our mission in time.

The clue setters have been particularly imaginative in their approach to this game with a huge variety of code-cracking methods and lateral thinking required. And we were frustratingly close to unravelling everything the rooms threw at us. We felt better to learn then that we were actually among the majority – to fail.

Hatton Escape Rooms, Tulleys, The Outfitters

For true escape room fans I would definitely recommend The Outfitters. The game welcomes teams of between two and eight players – and for this one I would say the more brains the better. In what’s now a crowded market, this experience stands out among the best, so I wouldn’t want it to escape your notice!

Tulleys also offer gift vouchers so a nice present option for that difficult-to-buy-for friend or relative.

More information can be found at: https://hattonescaperooms.com/

The review of Mutiny can be found here

Escape room fun – Hatton have it cracked!

Escape room fun – Hatton have it cracked!

WE all feel like escaping reality sometimes (particularly in the current climate!)

Even for those who have thus far evaded the escape rooms phenomenon, there’s no denying they have grown massively in popularity over recent years and it’s a concept we’re now all familiar with.

For my family, it is not so new however. We’re seasoned ‘escapees’ now having succeeded – and failed – in a wide variety of themed rooms over recent years.

So it was with a sense of cautious optimism that we signed up for Mutiny, one of the new Tulleys escape rooms which recently opened around the corner from us at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick.

Hatton Escape Rooms, Mutiny, Tulleys
We made it out – just – in time!

As the name would suggest, the game adopts a pirate theme and after a short introduction and scene setter, we were ‘locked’ in and left to our own devices – and wits – to make it out again in under an hour.

It’s daunting how quickly those seconds tick down and you realise there’s no time for a casual approach to the game. We are straight in identifying the clues and cracking those all-important codes, leaving no stone unturned. Or so we thought. . .

It was slow progress at first as we tried to make sense of the maps on the wall, a jigsaw of symbols and various other puzzles and codes. And it’s difficult to measure success because you don’t know how many rooms await, each with its own new set of challenges and puzzles.

Avoiding spoilers, I’ll leave it at that – but let’s just say – Mutiny throws plenty at you!

The theming is among one of the better escape rooms I’ve encountered and difficulty level was about right for our family of four (youngest 14) – although having been informed it is the easier of Hatton’s two rooms, I do worry for our next visit as we only made it out with literally seconds to spare! And you really do feel the pressure.

Clues are available on request (parrot fashion!) and don’t be too proud to use them sometimes when, as we did, you hit a mental block on certain puzzles. But you’re in control of the game so can ask for as much or as little help as you need.

Exhilarating and frustrating in equal measure, successfully completing this quest requires top teamworking and communication skills as well as lateral thinking in abundance.

And it’s teamwork that really is at the heart of a successful escape. As those minutes disappear and the pressure mounts, it’s important to play to each other’s strengths. Divide and conquer but also work together when required for the best chance of results – or you’ll definitely have mutiny on your hands.

Mutiny is one of the best fun escape room experiences we’ve enjoyed as a family – (there’s even hidden bones and a firing cannon and physical challenges!) and, in what is fast becoming a crowded market, would highly recommend it.

They offer vouchers too so a nice idea for a Christmas present for that impossible to buy for person. Details here.