Escape Rooms (Angel): The Dark Side of the Moon

At the end of WWII, the Nazis went On the Run to the Great Gig in the Sky – er, a moon base, that is. It’s just Us and Them, so Breathe in the Air as we enter their headquarters and try to Eclipse their evil plans in Time!

Escape Rooms

  • Location: Angel (nearest Tube: Old Street)
  • Players: 3 – 7
  • We played: May 2019 as a team of 3

Great things about The Dark Side of the Moon

  • This moon-base themed escape room takes immersive, exciting set design to a whole new planet. A series of spaces with grand, custom-built props, moving parts and unexpected ways to transition from one area to the next impressed us and kept us smiling – it felt a bit like a cross between a playground for grown-ups and an entertaining B-movie.
  • In addition to the extravagant décor, the way space was used to create an immersive, labyrinthine space base was especially effective: after a few twists and turns we lost track of where we were.
  • The Dark Side of the Moon uses a high-tech hint delivery system that’s in keeping with the theme.

On the other hand…

  • By the end of the experience, we started to realise that in all the rushing from room to room, we hadn’t actually solved many puzzles. While The Dark Side of the Moon does involve several tasks to accomplish, most of them weren’t really intellectually taxing and couldn’t be described as puzzles. And after all, escape room fans are rather partial to puzzling…
  • A couple of the room’s tasks involved the same repetitive action, which just went on for far too long.
  • This room has a totally linear structure; that is, each stage of the room has to be completed before you can move on to the next task. This means that while there are some tasks requiring teamwork, there’s no scope for splitting up to work on separate tasks. We imagined that the larger the team, the less there would be for each player to do.
  • Perhaps we’re lazy, but we found that we had rather a lot of things to carry with us through this escape room! We don’t want to give too much away, but from the beginning of the game you’re equipped with certain objects to use on your mission, and after a while they become a little unwieldy.

Who should try this room?

With its spectacular set, and plenty of action, this room would be good for those who want to let off a little steam in space – as long as you don’t expect to actually solve many puzzles.

Rating – 6/10

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