Dark Magik, Access Escape

Dark Magik

Access Escape

Played: January 2020

How we did: 2 person team – 6/6 dragon eggs,  58:30

In a nutshell: The Uk’s only completely dark escape room

4.2 / 5

Host – 4

Puzzleology – 4

Fun Factor – 5

Immersion – 3

Room Quality – 4

Stash – Team photo emailed after

There’s a lot to love at this pop-up escape room.

First up, it is totally unique. Goodbye eyesight. Hello other senses! And lots of fumbling.

Second, I hugely admire Hannah’s project. In London at the moment it is easy to come across larger, international escape rooms where successful rooms are transplanted from other countries. 

It’s the opposite here. One woman, who has done everything herself. Setting up her puzzles in her living room to test on friends! A proper passion project, and so cool to see. 

She was a supportive host, watching us and attentive to our needs for clues. 

While I’ll keep this spoiler free, the set-up is that you need to retrieve six magic dragon eggs by solving the puzzles. Naturally enough, some puzzles worked better than others. 

There’s a hand-made feel to the puzzles, and despite the efforts of the audio and the props it was never lost on us that we were in the dark in a room above a pub in Canning Town. 

I recommend visiting this room while it’s still available. The fun factor of playing in the dark carries and uplifts the puzzles. And it is a total, mind-blowing moment when you take a peek in after the game is over. 

Also, with our ticket price around the £22 per person mark for a team of two – this represents one of London’s best value escape rooms.