Lock Academy: Revolt at Lock Academy

“Will the Lock Academy, the great detective school in Paris, become THE new spot for the most dangerous criminals?!
It seems so: its founder, the great Professor Lock, has decided to sell his academy to his worst enemy, the criminal Jim Key! He is to the Professor Lock what Moriarty is to Sherlock Holmes: a brilliant opponent with diabolical plans!
For the students, the hour for a revolt at Lock Academy has rung! Dear adventurous detectives, your mission will be to discover what this dangerous sale is hiding for the future of the world and prevent it from happening.”

Game experience: EXCELLENT
Immersion   Puzzles   Hosting
5,0 stars   5,0 stars   4,5 stars

The Lock Academy has become accustomed to proposing elaborate scenarios in its own universe. This game is no exception to the rule – far from it! A variety of rooms very different from each other are all inserted in a perfectly coherent way in the scenario. Even more impressive than that, it is the pervasive humour that made this room amazing! The number of Easter eggs hidden in this room is unbelievable, and I cannot count the number of times one of those put a smile on my face. Finally, no puzzle was out of place, and they all contributed to the coherence of the whole. A flawless game!

Immersion 5,0 stars
  • The variety of atmospheres.
  • Cool light and sound effects.
  • Maybe the funniest room I’ve ever played!
  • A fantastic question-answering device that contributed a lot to the coherence of the universe.
  • This apartment with its 70’s atmosphere will make you travel through time.
Puzzles 5,0 stars
  • The interaction with the gamemaster.
  • Very cool manipulations.
  • Wonderful integration of the puzzles into the scenario.
Hosting 4,5 stars
  • A gamemaster who knows to improvise.
  • A great adaptation of the difficulty to the performance of your group, so that every group can enjoy the room to its fullest.
  • An interesting, very exhaustive debriefing.
  • The room has constantly evolved to become even better than it was at first

Performance: We escaped the room with 5’05’’ remaining – although the time does not mean much, since the gamemaster constantly adapts the difficulty depending on your performance.

Difficulty: The emphasis of this room is on the experience, not on the performance. Therefore, all teams should be able to enjoy it till the last puzzle.

At the same venue: The Lock Academy has many amazing games, and it is therefore no wonder it is considered by many as the best escape venue in Paris. Little Miss Lock is older but of still excellent value, even by today’s standards, and L’Examen (available only in French) will give you a fantastic meta-perspective on all other adventures (but you can perfectly play it independently of the other ones).

Elsewhere in the escape galaxy: This kind of universe is quite unique in Paris. This game reminded me a bit by some aspects of Evolvis at Immersia and Recherche sous Tension (available only in French) at L’Escapatoire.

In French: Read another review of this room in French by Alex from experienceimmersive.fr here.

Want to play this game? Book here.

Game tested in August 2020 (Image and introduction text: Lock Academy)

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