Code To Exit Altrincham – The Forger
The Team: TDM, Mr Carrot
This was our first visit to Code To Exit in Antrincham, and we’d booked to play two of the rooms. We’d have probably booked to do all three, but unfortunately the available time slots didn’t quite work out for us as we were also booked in for another room at a different venue later on.
First up for us today though, was The Forger.
In the studio of the century’s best forger, you will find plenty of famous paintings. But only one of them is an original! This painting is not only very expensive but is also your only way to escape this room; it is the key and the single code to exit this room.
The waiting area at Code To Exit is quite small, but thankfully the other rooms were in progress when we arrived so we had time and space for a quick sit down and chat with one of the owners. He asked if we’d done any rooms before, and when we told him we’d done about 20 or so he suggested we wouldn’t be needing any clues. Ha! Wrong!
Our briefing took place just inside the room which gave us our first glance of the theming. It was decorated as an artist’s studio with various paintings round the walls, an easel, bookcase, chair, and several wooden cabinets which went well together to set the scene.
We got off to a pretty good start with some general searching to find a few items to kick us off, but soon needed a few clues via the TV screen. Thankfully these weren’t cryptic and so led us towards the solutions without ambiguity.
With the theme of the room being what it is we suspected it would be quite low tech which it appears to be on the surface, but there a few nice unexpected bits hidden away which were a pleasant surprise.
The puzzles themselves had a good mix, including a few more tactile ones which we always appreciate between the familiar padlocks, and the final part of actually identifying the original painting turned out to be quite straightforward once you’d worked your way through and found all the clues.
We weren’t really sure what to expect from The Forger before we started, but we had a great time which meant we were then looking forward to The Blueprint even more.