Played: February 2020
How we did: 4 person team – 45:22
In a nutshell: The place that launched a thousand rooms. Hard-boiled detective fun
4.4 / 5
Host – 4
Puzzleology – 5
Fun Factor – 5
Immersion – 4
Room Quality – 4
Stash – Team photo
Hint Hunt proudly lay claim to London’s oldest escape room, and this is it. Eight years old, the J.M’s Office detective escape room felt like a classic. Our team consisted of a first timer, two who had played a handful, and myself. We all enjoyed it, and it felt like a classic.
First up, there is a rich vein of satisfying puzzles. A room heavy on puzzles is my kind of room. Befitting the detective theme, you need to examine everything in a different light.
Our host was fun, kind and helpful. Really bought into the Hint Hunt project, and she echoed our mood well to make the experience fun for us.
Yes, the detective schtick has been replicated in many, many other rooms. But when it’s this fun, I am happy to do it. Padlocks, keys, maps. It is a tactile room. The narrative is clear and it works.
One thing we noticed; the iconic chalk outline of a dead body was so small, we wondered if it was a child a dwarf who had been murdered.
Like watching an old Hitchcock or Humphrey Bogart movie, this felt like a classic. A real genre-piece that still holds up and has influenced others.
I loved playing this room, and I’d recommend it for veterans or debutants – and everyone in between.