Frankenstein may be a monster, but this room is a delight!
Scatty Professor Alec Smart has gone missing in the midst of a very important experiment.
You must take his place or forfeit losing his ground breaking research.
The storm coming is only due to last 90 minutes and the lightening is the key to completion. Nothing in his office is where it should be so it’s all down to you to figure it out.
Can you finish what he started?
Given the name of this game, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone just exactly what Professor Smart’s research actually is. After the delightful conclusion to Spacescape we experienced earlier in the day, we were excited to see what could possibly be in store for us with our next adventure at CTRL ALT ESC. After the standard briefing video, a lab coat clad assistant in a panic enlisted our help in finishing the professor’s work. She opened the door, and we descended the stairs…
With expectations high for our second room at CTRL ALT ESC, we certainly weren’t disappointed. Frankenscape felt more like a traditional escape room than Spacescape, though it is completely padlock free. Game play is relatively nonlinear, and once you’re through into the main space, this game could quite easily be played by a group of six, or possibly more, and there would still be plenty for everyone to do, but with the extra time, it’s certainly possible for a team of two to do everything. Even though this room is designed to accommodate up to eight people, we did it with no problems as a team of two, in fact we even got the record for the fastest team of two and were third or forth in the overall rankings – who needs friends?!
Story is central to the rooms at CTRL ALT ESC, and so you are given 90 minutes to complete your ‘research’, to allow you to become absorbed in the story and ensure you reach the finale (It’s definitely one not to be missed!).
Frankenscape has a nice mix of searching for things, logic-based reasoning, and a few random, but entertaining tasks (Rat-o-matic – need I say more?). There is one skill/luck based task which I left to Gord, but never fear if you discover that you lack this particular skill, CTRL ALT ESC hasn’t left the fate of your monstrous creation entirely to chance.
Once again, immersion really was the name of the game. CTRL ALT ESC have outdone themselves with Frankenscape. Once you stepped into the basement, you were in an entirely new world. I could quite easily believe I was in the lab of a mad scientist.
The space is enormous, and could quite easily accommodate larger groups, but I was completely delighted by the modifications that were made to the room for smaller teams of two or three.
Luckily for you, the scatty Professor Smart has an assistant, and she will phone you should she feel you need a bit of guidance. She was very attentive, and occasionally nudged us in the right direction (usually to say we hadn’t looked at something properly).
I have been thoroughly impressed by CTRL ALT ESC. When you consider the size of Margate, it’s amazing that there is not just one, but rather two fantastic companies, with completely original and wonderfully delightful rooms, and I’m already thinking about when we may be able squeeze in another visit for ‘Detention’.
Team: 2 people, escaped in 47mins
Address: 4 Cliff Terrace, Margate CT9 1RU