Bank Vault Heist – Cliffhanger Rooms Lake District

After a short break we were ready to take on the final room at Cliffhanger. I say this but the heist is technically their first game. We played them in the wrong order! 

Game story 

You are a member of a successful crime syndicate, and your specialty has always been safe cracking. Today, you’ll be facing your greatest challenge yet, as you and your team attempt a heist at the Hatton Garden safe.

Your inside man “Basil” has just completed phase one of the heist – he has ensured the building is empty and gained access to the manager’s office, where the door to the vault awaits. He has assessed the situation and has reported that this particular vault is going to be difficult to compromise. Basil has discreetly hidden clues, tools and hints around the office which you will need to complete your job as safe cracker.

Basil also reports that he has suspended the security system for 55 minutes. After that amount of time, the alarm will be activated, and you will have 5 minutes from that point to escape before law enforcement arrives.

If you do manage to enter the vault, you will have to make a crucial decision: take the available money and run, or stay just a little longer to try to significantly increase your take. 

As soon as we were let into the room, we began our search. We could see the development from this room in comparison to the Haunted pirate ship, as theming wasn’t so immersive but did suit the theme of a banking office. After what I would consider a slow start, we did begin to quicken our pace after a bit of a hint to help us out. We were finding things but it took us a while to figure out what we needed to do with them. 

The puzzles ranged from simple searching to more time consuming searching, with a bit of maths and literacy thrown in the mix! I must say we were really quiet for a lot of the game since we were concentrating so much! We found that we separated quite a few times to work on these longer puzzles individually but then would come back together to work on the more simple puzzles. The ending of the game was quite tense because we we needed to retrace one of the puzzles as we realised we hadn’t recorded the answer in the right order! 

We managed our escape in 51 minutes! 

Highlight of the game

The satisfaction of solving a puzzle that you have taken a lot of time on! 

Any drawbacks? 

Now I’m going to contradict myself here and say that the puzzle I did complete, however satisfying it may have been, could be a little frustrating for some I imagine. Without giving the game away, you needed to search through a LOT of information, it must have been over 10 sheets of paper. It involved slow finger motions running vertically down the page and a lot of whispering to myself! 

Overall Opinion 

We did enjoy the room but you can definitely see that Cliffhanger rooms have really improved their rooms since this one – which is a great thing! Having a chat with the owner also led us to believe he felt the same. I would definitely recommend the company, but I would recommend the other rooms over this one. 

Want to know more about The Bank Vault Heist? 
https://www.cliffhangerrooms.co.uk

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