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Review: Fall In at City Mazes, Cardiff.

We love real life escape rooms, from spooky ones to film related ones and all that's in between, there's always so much fun to be had! We were recently invited to test out the Fall In room at City Mazes, so I assembled a team of crazies and off we went!

City Mazes is situated behind Cardiff Central Station, it's pretty easy to walk to from town yet it's tucked away from the bustling streets and traffic. The reception we received was warm and welcoming, and there's a small seating area for you to kick back with a hot drink (vending machine drinks £1) before you enter into your chosen game.

Fall In is set in the 1950's and you and your team must work together to escape from your nuclear shelter and take on the aliens trying to destroy planet Earth!

Before you start your game each member must sign a waiver agreeing to certain rules, such as no alcohol consumption before entering the game as well as accepting liability for any accidents that might occur during the game. I've never had to do this before, and I wondered why it was such a serious part of the process… 

We arrived about 20 minutes early for our game, and it's advised that you arrive no less than 15 minutes before the game time. We entered the room ten minutes before our game time, so I didn't have chance to finish my drink, but you can take drinks and all your belongings in with you for the duration of the game. 

When I walked into the room I was pretty intrigued, and I also received my answers as to why we shouldn’t be 'intoxicated'. The floor was pretty bashed up, and the walls/ceiling were damaged and crumbling. The building has passed all safety checks and I have since been assured this is all part of the 'look' and 'vibe' of the Fall In room, however I did fall into a drain at one point (weak ankles here!)… 

The building aside, our game consisted of being split up into two teams and chained up, the main focus being 'communication'. You can play the game in the complete dark (with torches) or with some lighting from the string lights dotted around the room. We chose the darkness, but they forgot to switch the lights off, so make sure you reiterate your request if you want more of a challenge! 

We worked together, shouting across to each other, figuring out codes, words, finding keys and generally arguing discussing ;)

The first part of the game was a lot of fun, but we didn't manage to use one part of the puzzle, which was a bit disappointing. I'm not sure how we bypassed it, but I imagine it would have been a lot of fun to do!

The clues were interesting and the game moved along quickly, but I did think the final section was a little disappointing and it was all over too soon for me. I think, because we were a team of six, we needed more of a challenge perhaps, but there were elements we really enjoyed and it was very focused on team building!

We managed to escape with 30 minutes to spare, pretty good right? It was an interesting and fun afternoon spent with lovely people in the semi-dark, haha!

Have you been to City Mazes? What did you think?


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