Secret Studio was our kind of room! It’s one of a few ‘scary’ rooms that doesn’t centre around being trapped in a room by a serial killer, instead opting for a richer story about a potentially cursed B-movie studio. Creepy is the best way to describe this game with a space that felt less designed and more ‘real’ than most games that we’ve played. Part of this is down to the fact that the room is full of genuine props such as a flatbed editor and a stack of old, operating CRT TVs. It really did feel as though you’d stepped into the editing room of small, 80s film studio replete with mock movie posters for the studio’s output!
And those old props? They weren’t just for show! We initially assumed that they were simply set dressing so when we discovered that we had to interact with them, we were understandably excited! The puzzles all sat on the logical side of the scale and, given the potentially supernatural happenings, were on-theme with the exception of one moment. Whilst we loved this puzzle for bringing everyone together, it didn’t really make much sense and the high-tech nature of it seemed at odds with everything else in the room.
And then there’s atmosphere that builds as you progress through the game and, coupled with the schlocky paraphernalia, begins to create a real sense of unease. There are some really neat moments that we wouldn’t dare spoil but, suffice to say, this game goes a step or two further to heighten the creep factor.
The one real issue that we had was that it was a mostly linear experience resulting in a few moments where not everyone could participate. We reckon three is the perfect number of people to play with, four at a push but anything above that will most likely end up with some people sitting out certain parts of the game.
Secret Studio (2017)
+ The set design.
+ The sneaky jump scares!
+ The atmosphere.
- Linearity sometimes caused bottlenecks.
With a story and themed puzzles that led to a satisfying conclusion, Secret Studio felt like less of a game and more of an experience. The unique theme and occasional jump scare made for a great time and a room that we would thoroughly recommend!
Ticket Price: £28pp
Address: Wentworth Street, London, E1 7SA