* I was invited along to play for free, but rest assured, all words & opinions are my own.
Back in February, I was invited along to my very first escape room with AIM Escape. It was so much fun, and I loved every second. Now, since March, we have been hit with a global pandemic which forced the whole of The UK into lockdown. With restrictions slowly, but surely, starting to ease, AIM have moved with the times and brought their games outside into a scavenger hunt around the city of London!
They’ve 3 different games to choose from. Operation Mindfall, The Magic Portal, and Einstein Unsolved. I liked the idea of being a spy for the day so chose Operation Mindfall for me & some pals to play. We were given strict instructions for the day; Monument at 3pm, look for the man in the red sunglasses & make contact with the codeword ‘Honeypot’. So, this is where we found ourselves on a super sunny Saturday in August, meeting our agent who set us up on our iPad & handed us a rucksack full of equipment.
It should be noted that this game is for up to 5 people in a team. As there were 8 of us, we were meant to be split into 2 teams of 4, but they were an iPad down, so allowed us to complete the experience in a mega team of 8.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I will tell you it was A LOT of fun! There was a great variety in the types of clues we had to solve. Some had us reading information plaques in search of the answer, others had us using the iPad camera as a sort of hologram scanner to try and break the code, and at one point we even had to follow instructions to mix up an antivirus concoction. This game was also a fantastic way to get out & about around the city, and not only perfect for those visiting London. We’re all Londoners, but we were shown parts of London we’d never seen before! I finally got to explore St Dunstan’s in the East. Games can be booked every day, on the hour, from 10am – 7pm at £20 per participant.