I’ve been living in Glasgow now for a few years and it’s actually embarrassing how little I know about this city. I’ve never properly explored the city and what it has to offer. I’m determined to put a stop to that and try new things in the city so when the team over at ‘Escape Reality’ contacted me and invited me to try out what they had to offer, I couldn’t say no.
What exactly is Escape Reality? Escape Reality is an immersive escape room experience where you have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles and escape. There are a range of rooms on offer with varying difficulty and teamwork is necessary if you want to survive.
I headed along to the event after work and met my husband and bestie Gemma for the PR event. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve seen videos of escape rooms before but watching them online and being in one is two different things. ‘Escape Reality’ is on the corner of Candleriggs and Bell Street and is located downstairs in the basement. It’s not entirely obvious where it is so we did walk past it a couple of times until we clocked it. We were the first to arrive at the event and were warmly greeted by the staff with some prosecco. I don’t really drink so after that one glass, I was buzzing a wee bit. Such a lightweight.
There are five rooms to choose from – Jungala, Enigmista, Misery, Murder in Whitechapel and Alcatraz. As we were the first to arrive, we got to pick whatever room we wanted. My husband Steven was really excited for this so I let him pick and he went with Enigmista. The room inspired by the Saw movies – of course he picked the gory one! After a quick intro from a staff member, we were taken into our room and handcuffed. Let the games begin.
I don’t want to give anything away about the puzzles themselves but I will say that we totally sucked. One of the puzzle answers was so obvious but we just couldn’t see it. If you get stuck, there are barcodes you can scan for clues or a buzzer you can press if you need a member of staff. I’m ashamed to admit that we had to call the staff in twice for assistance as we were baffled by some clues. Actually, we weren’t baffled, we were just either overthinking it or being really stupid. The rooms themselves are well designed and the puzzles are really good. The only thing I would suggest is adding in some music and sound effects to create more of an atmosphere. Maybe after 30 minutes, scary music/screams begins to put you more on edge? Just something to build more of an atmosphere.
Escape Reality is a really fun experience for everyone. While some of the rooms are more suited for adults due to the stronger horror theme, there are rooms that cam be played by anyone as long as there as is an adult present. I’m already planning my next trip to Escape Reality, here’s hoping I suck less next time.
You can book online with Escape Reality at their website.