115 London Rd Brighton BN1 4JG ()
Take a left out of Brighton station, walk all the way to the bottom of the hill. Take another left. Walk for 4 minutes and the big colourful building on your right hand side is Presuming Ed's, which is where the Vault is hidden.
Charles Fawkley has too much money. How much money? Nobody knows exactly, but there’s enough of it sloshing around in his account that he can engage in a spot of arms dealing here and there. Clearly you’ll be doing him a favour by sneaking into his private vault, relieving him of his account number, and gently draining away some of that morally-ambiguous cash.Kristian Crow
You’re no bank robber, so throughout this heist you’ll be aided and abetted by a much more able partner in crime: Terrence. Terrence is a tough-talking, mildly paranoid fella, so he’ll only communicate with you via WhatsApp. Store his number in your phone, send him the password and await instructions…
Escape the Vault is bookable for groups of 1-4 players. At only 40 minutes long, it’s a “mini” escape room, and thus perfect for that number. And yes, you can do it solo.
Terrence – your vault-robbing companion – is enormous fun. You’ll get a brief video message at the start and end of your game, along with a WhatsApp message hint whenever you ask for one (so long as you let him know what you’re looking at). He works smoothly, and feels like a real person. He’s also frequently hilarious.
The game is set in what used to be a real bank vault, which makes for a great atmosphere. It’s also, in a different sense, set within Presuming Ed’s Coffee House, meaning you have a place to chill before and after your game that isn’t as stark as the usual escape room waiting room.
Escape the Vault is also super accessible on a number of fronts. The game is shorter than the average escape room, and the ticket price is lower – notable especially as 10% of your ticket price is donated to charity. It’s also suitable for a wheelchair user with some minor assistance.
The room is largely unattended. When you rock up the staff behind the counter will supply you with some instructions that will get you into the room and started in the game. Other than this, though, there’s nobody looking over your shoulder (Terrence excluded, of course). While this does make for a considerably more relaxing experience, some players might miss the personal touch of a live game master.
The puzzles are all well-made, logical, and smooth. They won’t present much of a challenge to players who have done a lot of escape rooms, but they are decently fun. This is a room that’s probably best suited to relatively new players, or someone just wanting a short, fast-paced, fun little game.
In order to fully enjoy this room, you’ll need a phone with enough battery to last until the end. Make sure you charge your phone before going, or have a battery pack to hand. You’ll also need some mobile data, or to tune into Presuming Ed’s Wi-Fi.
As previously mentioned, Presuming Ed’s is a coffee shop. You’ll find details of their coffees, teas, beers and life-changing cakes on their website. There’s not much parking in the general vicinity, so you’re best off travelling by public transit. Or on your feet.
This is a short, simple room which is nevertheless well-made and a lot of fun. New escapers will have a great time, and more experienced ones will enjoy a room that operates in a unique and interesting way.