Breakout Liverpool – Warped
The Team: TDM, Mr Carrot
Despite this being our sixth visit to Breakout Liverpool, this was actually the first time we’d ever ventured into the upstairs bit. As chance would have it, all the rooms we’d tried so far had been down in the basement.
So, as we embarked upon a most excellent adventure through history in Warped, we wondered whether this change of elevation would bring us good fortune or throw us off our game and work against us.
Spoiler alert… it worked against us…
Your genius friend has been working on a new project, promising that it will change the way you view the concept of time itself! She reveals she has made her own time machine and invites you to take it for a test run. However, when you show up, she’s nowhere to be seen and has left you instructions to help her recover the items she accidentally left scattered throughout history…
Can you stop this butterfly effect before it destroys the future?
OK, so maybe blaming the unfamiliar floor we were on is a bit of a bad excuse on our part, but despite our poor performance we did have a great time in Warped as it packs quite a bit into what is a fairly small space.
The room has a definite linearity to it, as there are several ‘sections’ which you must progress through, first completing the previous area each time. I imagine in larger groups this could actually prove to be a little problematic as everyone would need to crowd around the same spot and I feel there just wouldn’t be room to do it. Thankfully there was just the two of us though so it wasn’t an issue.
I don’t think it’s any kind of giveaway (given the theme and background story of the room) to say that a form of time travel is involved, and upon visiting certain ‘destinations’ I found myself reliving and reminiscing about some major bits of my youth, complete with soundtrack! Couldn’t keep the grin off my face.
The puzzles themselves were nicely varied, with a fair bit of simple observation, a little relating items to each other, and some quick and easy physical tasks… but then we got to the last bit, and this is where it went a bit wrong.
One of the final puzzles in the room involved fitting something together to reveal a code… so we did, and were absolutely convinced we had it right. We were so convinced that we’d stopped trying to solve it and started looking for something else we may have missed about the code we’d worked out.
What we’d actually missed though, is that the puzzle also fitted together in another way, and as we frantically tried variations of our code the time finally ran out. I have to admit that I initially felt a teeny tiny bit cheated by our failure… but I also have to grudgingly admit that when our host showed us how we should have had it afterwards it was a much better fit and the only people we could blame were ourselves.
Oh well, not had a fail in a while, but it’s always good to see that losing can be so much fun!