Tulleys Escape Rooms & Games – Mutiny [Review]

Yo ho, yo ho, some pirate locks for me

Location:  Crawley, England

Date Played: January 9, 2023

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: ranging from £64 per group to £192 per group depending on the number of players and the day of the week

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration:  There are uneven surfaces. At least one player will need to crouch or crawl and at least one player will need to go up stairs.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Tulleys Escape Room & Games impressed us immediately with their craftsmanship. The wooden aesthetic of Mutiny was convincing. Throughout Mutiny, Tulleys nailed each aesthetic that they presented, and this made the game world feel large and real.

The gameplay flowed beautifully. The puzzles were well-clued and solved cleanly. Our biggest obstacle was light. In dim areas of the sets, the locks were challenging to use and props were sometimes hard to spot.

Mutiny offered some fantastic reveals. These were the highlights of the experience. They really showed off Tully’s talents for set and prop design. If anything, there was opportunity for one more, as a finale, before we had to abandon ship.

A wooden cabin in a pirate ship, on one side is a large map, in the middle is a pedestal with a book, and beyond are cabinets, shelves, and a door.

Crawley is accessible from London by train… but getting over to Tulleys from the train station is a little more of a schlep. Go for the grandeur of the sets (they have the space!). With Mutiny, this was enhanced by truly smooth sailing gameplay.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Pirate fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Impactful scene change
  • Strong puzzles flow
  • Expansive set with distinctive spaces

Story

In the golden age of piracy we sought plunder and needed to make a quick getaway to avoid getting caught.

Setting

The set was appropriately pirate-y with the wood-and-metal build of our ship. The late game introduced an exotic and effective twist.

Old, imperfect wooden shelves with a monkey totem, a metal loop, and a small locked treasure chest.

Gameplay

Tulleys Escape Rooms & Games’ Mutiny was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, and solving puzzles.

Closeup of a journal on a small table in a pirate ship.

Analysis

➕ The set was impressive. The wooden aesthetic evoked a pirate ship. Tulleys Escape Rooms minded the details.

➕ Each area of the set felt distinct, but the whole experience was cohesive.

➖ The corners of the set were dark and some of the padlocks were hard to see. This was especially problematic given the wear on the locks. Added spotlighting for locks would go a long way.

➕ Mutiny played really smoothly. The puzzles were well clued and solved cleanly.

➕ In Mutiny, Tulleys was in full swing with their augmentation on a common puzzle type. We found solving this one to be especially satisfying.

➕ A mid-game transition sequence blew us away. It combined a chunky tactile puzzle with a fun interaction, leading to a stellar reveal. We really felt like we’d earned the moment.

➖ We encountered a water feature that smelled foul. Stylistically, it augmented the space, but we were concerned about safety with stagnant water that didn’t appear to be chlorinated.

❓We found it awkward to maneuver through one dark space without getting dirty. I’m sure there are players (especially younger ones) who will enjoy this segment, but we weren’t into it. Luckily, only one person had to do this.

➖ The finale didn’t wow us. Given Tulleys craftsmanship abilities, we were disappointed by the small chintzy final reveal.

Tips For Visiting

  • There is a parking lot.
  • Although you can get an Uber to drop you off here, you won’t be able to get one to pick you up again after your game.

Book your hour with Tulleys Escape Rooms & Games’ Mutiny, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Tulleys Escape Rooms & Games provided media discounted tickets for this game.

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