I had my first try at of escape room a couple of weeks ago and I think i’m already hooked. The rush it gives you and knowing that your escape is all down to working as a team and trying to work your way through various rooms gave us all such a buzz that we’re now determined to make escape rooms a regular group thing. And so when we were invited down to AIM Escape, there was no way that we’d be turning that down. Some of us were a little concerned when we found out what the room was about and the fact that it was for 18 year olds and over, but this just added to the sense of achievement we felt afterwards.
AIM Escape is located not far from Aldgate East underground station in a very new-looking and modern area. When you first walk in, you’re not immediately sure you’re in the right place as you enter the very corporate reception and waiting area. A desk sits in front of a black wall, you then notice that the wall says AIM on it and Boom. you’ve realised you are in the correct place…and then the nerves begin to hit.
Other than the description on the AIM Escape website, we were given no background behind the room and how we were able to find our way out, other than that we had been captured by a psychopath and had been locked away in his lair. This left us even more scared as we were so unsure what to expect from the room or what scary happenings would be heading our way.
You know the instant the door slams shut behind you – bad things happen here. Evil is omni-present. Heart thumping terror builds relentlessly as each nerve shredding minute creeps past. Can you escape a dreadful fate, or will you become another blood stained, or blood drained, statistic? Amid the gore caked instruments of torture, hemmed in by the blood spattered walls you must keep your wits as sharp as his scalpels to avoid his clutches – he is very close, somewhere in the shadows. Only by solving his crazed, fiendish puzzles can you, quite literally, save your skin. Complete with a real crematorium and gallons of O-neg this is the ideal escape experience for lovers of horror and adrenaline fuelled frights.
I don’t want to give too much away as the only way you’ll be able to find out exactly how exhilarating this AIM Escape room is, is by having a go yourself. However, it’s not for the faint-hearted. There were 5 of us in total and 2 of our team members were shaking as we all first went in. It was pitch black and we all huddled in a circle under the fan, before gathering ourselves and trying to figure out how to get out of the room in time! (The man at reception said he was sceptical and thought that we were going to be horrendous because we all seemed like wimps to begin with, but then when we got into the swing of things, we ended up surprising him and he thought we were in the running to beat the record…until we got to the end bit).
I was baffled by how hard it was to find clues in an (almost) empty room! It was so much more stressful that I’d anticipated, and with two people jumping at every noise that was made it was quite difficult to work as a team. BUT we got there in the end and made it to the next room in a not-so-quick time as we’d have liked, with a little bit of help from an ominous voice, who gave us handy hints when we were having troubles.
One of the things I loved about this room was that, rather than just finding all the keys and putting them in their designated padlocks to unlock them, there were more inventive ways in which we had to find our way through the escape rooms. These included games of skill, riddles, maths equations, and just generally having to use your brain to figure out what was needed. It really did boggle my mind, I was exhausted by the end. So if you’re a fan of thinking outside the box then this is definitely the place for you.
After 59 minutes and 15 seconds of problem solving and searching, we made it out of the psychopath’s den all in one piece…Although we were a member down at one point when Jaz thought that the handcuffs in the room weren’t real… It turns out that the were very real and that she was locked to a cupboard on a wall for a good 10-15 minutes. It was the most hilarious thing ever, but at least now you can learn from our mistakes!
I would definitely recommend this room at AIM Escape for anyone who loves to be a bit haunted and isn’t afraid of the dark! They also have other rooms which sound awesome! All of these ones are suitable for 5 people, so get your crew together and decide which of the rooms tickles your fancy!
Patient Zero 2150 – This one seems as though its a scientist based room: Rogue scientists have breached all moral boundaries creating pathogens that create non-humans. Nerve agents so nightmarish that they corrupt physically and mentally, turning those exposed into the living dead – zombies. This one is more family friendly with it being suitable for people aged 12 and above.
Hangover Deja Brew – We originally wanted to try this one but it was being redone when we were there. Sad Times. But it seems like it’s loosely based on the films from The Hangover Trilogy, although it seems a bit naughtier. You have woken up from a wild night and the groom is missing, it seems that some saucy things will happen during your time in the room. This one is also for those who are 18+ so expect the unexpected.
Spy Heroes – You may have guessed the theme for this one from the name. Yep, SPIES. You’re going undercover. Your friend James has gone off-grid and you need to check if he’s OK. You swing by his restaurant – the lights are on but James isn’t home. Inside the door slams shut, trapping you inside. James liked his security high end. A note on the table tells you that James is actually an international spy – this is all a cover for his espionage escapades. This one is for anyone over 6 years old, so it’s fun for all of the family!
Check out the AIM Escape website for more information and on how to book HERE