I've been in touch with Lucardo for a while now and so, when we were in Bury a few weeks ago, we gave them a call to see if they could fit us in for a quick game. It involved us getting stuck in a lot of traffic, getting lost, turning up late and then bigging ourselves up a disproportionate amount before we got into the room but, speaking as an expert on escape rooms at this point, I thought it was worth writing about Lucardo purely because it's been one of the best escape rooms that we've done both here and in Poland. Well in Lucardo, I can do you one better than a tripadvisor review; here's an entire review.
I'm obviously not going to sit here and write out the entire thing - I'm not going to spoil it because I strongly think that you should all go and support these guys; but I will give you the run down. We picked the room Contamination which usually focuses on finding a vial before the town's water supply is contaminated (hence the name), but as we went in December our task involved us heading into a lab to find a vial of Christmas Spirit that was being held captive. Although our room was slightly different to the usual, the premise was the same and I have it on good authority (in that I asked the nice guy on the front desk) that most of the tasks are the same, just ours involved more tinsel, baubles and a cruel red herring.
I'm not going to sit here and give you the answers, because that would be like going into Crystal Maze on Season Four (come on, Richard, you played the same games for the first four seasons, you just changed the background and everybody knows it) - but I will tell you why we liked it so much. We did so many that just involved keys and locks, they involved direct clues from one spot to the next, and although the clues were challenging - the whole thing ended up with us escaping with plenty of time; and as much as I don't want to fail, I definitely don't want to be out twiddling my thumbs with half of my time to spare.
Lucardo seems to have struck the perfect balance - there are puzzles that need you to use a maths head, puzzles that need a logic brain, and English bases brain and there's even some puzzles in there for those of you who like to mess around and play with everything you can get your hands on (in fact that came in really handy for us this time around, so big thanks to our resident messer, Kaz).
All in all, if you're looking for an escape room, don't even bother flicking through to find the cheapest, head straight over to Lucardo and get locked in by the best (ooer).
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