I can’t tell you much about Mystery Cube….it would ruin the mystery!
The Mystery Cube has landed. Are you ready for the challenge?
The Cube is being monitored and protected by us while it is here.
We are a top secret organization that investigates strange and mysterious cubic phenomena throughout space and time. So secret we can’t tell you our name. Because we don’t even have one.
The Mystery Cube landed in a slightly sketchy looking industrial estate somewhere between Wimbledon and Morden all the way out in Zone 3….The horror! The website is incredibly mysterious about exactly what is you’ll encounter once you accept your mission, but don’t let that put you off discovering its secrets.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Professor QB and his silent apprentice, though I’m not sure if it was ever mentioned why the young man was silent, and I don’t recall being told his name. We were instructed to deposit our belongings in the lockers and provided with lab coats. The professor then proceeded to give us the basics of our mission, making it absolutely clear that this was a very serious matter, and definitely not a game.
There’s not a lot I can tell you about the Cube, the details are a bit hazy. Perhaps that’s part of the Cube’s powers? I can tell you that it was one of the best games I have played, in my admittedly few experiences. It may not look like much from the outside, but once you’re in, you won’t regret it!
One thing I can tell you.. if you find any Oreos in the game, they aren’t a puzzle, just enjoy them!
So many puzzles! And so many locks! That being said, game play was completely non-linear, and our team were able to split up, and work independently of each other, unless someone needed a bit of help. Being relative newbies to escape rooms, we did occasionally team up to solve together, but there were enough puzzles to keep us all independently occupied, and half the time I had no idea what anyone else was working on.
I didn’t have any real “Ah Ha!” moments, but there were a number of really clever puzzles that I enjoyed working out. With the number of locks around, we did spend a bit of time trying combinations in every lock, but figuring out which lock will open once you have a code is part of the mystery of the cube, I suppose.
I’m not entirely certain what I was expecting from a room called Mystery Cube, but I was pleasantly surprised. One thing I was expecting was a cube, and it certainly lived up to that. Did I feel like I was really in a piece of alien technology? Well, no, but then again, I wasn’t really expecting to. That being said, the design was very clever. It is cosy though. We played as a four, which worked out perfectly, but playing with the maximum number of five would be a squeeze.
While Mystery Cube itself is a clever, and incredibly fun escape experience, Professor QB was the real highlight of the day. Knowing just when to slip in, or out of character, and armed with a quick wit and a sardonic sense of humor, he was a quirky, and added to the experience.
I don’t remember needing any, but should a clue be needed, either Professor QB or his assistant can pass them to you using the clock.
The location of the Mystery Cube was convenient for us, being based in South London, but the location may put some people off. Don’t let it! It is only a 15 minute walk from the Underground, on the Northern Line, and there is no way to describe it other than “Fun.” Do it. You won’t regret it.
Team: 4 people – escaped in 56:21
Address: 19 Deer Park Road, Wimbledon London SW19 3UX