Lakes Escapes Workington – Quest For The Throne
The Team: TDM, Mr Carrot
You are the elder sibling born into a Royal family. It was your birthright to inherit the throne upon the King’s death, but an evil secret plan executed by your younger brother and some corrupt castle guards has left you exiled from the kingdom. The corrupt guards were given strict orders to kill you if you ever returned to the castle.
When the King and Queen died, your tyrannical brother ran the kingdom into despair. Disgusted by the decline of a once-prosperous and peaceful land, you decide to risk your life to set things right.
Disguised as a pauper, you’ve managed to make it back to the castle undetected, and with your knowledge of the secret passages in the castle, you’ve made it into the King’s Study.
In the next sixty minutes, you need to find proof of your birthright and escape undetected before the castle guards return.
We were once again briefed by John inside the room, which was well themed with all the trappings of a Royal study in a suitably stately fashion.
As we’ve come to like, and hope for in Escape Rooms, there was a good obvious start point to ease us in gently. This led to a good linear progression of varying puzzles including logic, maths, simple recognition, along with a small amount of hunting for hidden bits and pieces.
We were very pleased to find another couple of wonderfully tactile bits, including one part where we were once again hesitant to perform an certain action for fear of causing damage (as we had been in Dr Frankenscraft’s Monster) but a gentle poke of ‘just do it’ had us quickly smiling at the simple but very effective result.
Another puzzle required a good bit of teamwork which had the potential to turn it into a Chuckle Brothersesque disaster, but we managed it surprisingly well for us. The final bit of it had us concerned that we may do a kind of ‘reset’ and put ourselves back at square one, but we fashioned a device (ok, that makes us sound clever… in truth we actually just used a piece of paper) which guaranteed we’d not fall into that trap. Not sure if this was the correct method, but it worked for us!
Quest for the Throne is definitely a good solid room. The puzzles are low tech, but that not only fits well with the theme, it has also encouraged creativity in the puzzle setting which shines through here. A great experience and a satisfying conclusion to our Christmas Eve Escape Room Bonanza.
I’m happy to say we made a excellent choice in picking Lakes Escapes for our little festive adventure. We enjoyed everything from the beautiful scenery on the drive up through the Lake District (despite the miserable weather!), through the warmth and enthusiasm of our hosts, to the fun and excitement of the rooms themselves.
We’ll definitely try to make it back for Baker Street once it’s back and active again!