Outbreak: the zombie themed escape room at Breakout Liverpool

It’s been a hot minute since I was last at Breakout Liverpool. Over two years in fact. I’d even almost forgotten all of the different rooms I’d escaped from (and if there were any I didn’t escape from then I’ve definitely erased them from my memory). So when the Breakout team invited me down to try out some of their newer rooms, I jumped at the chance. First stop: their zombie themed escape room ‘Outbreak’.

What to expect: 

Don’t worry, there aren’t any zombies in the escape room or threat of zombies appearing if you don’t break out, so even the faint hearted can take part, although there’s a suggested lower age limit of 16.

Despite watching nearly all of The Walking Dead I absolutely can’t stand zombies and would spend the whole 60 minutes screaming if there was any suggestion of that happening, but it’s not like that. 

I’ve done a few of the Breakout Liverpool escape rooms, some of which are designed to have a creepy theme, and none of them have scared me or made me jump. The focus of the activity is solely on breaking out while the theme is just for fun. 

You have 60 minutes to solve a series of clues to break out of the room. You don’t need physical strength (although you’ll need enough dexterity to try padlock combinations and open them), knowledge about zombies, or any previous experience in coding or anything like that. 

Who it’s for:

Family groups, mate dates, couples, team building, or to give as a gift experience to someone for a birthday or special occasion.

I like to think two players is the perfect team, but if you want to liven things up a bit with more people then make sure you’ve got the right dynamic: it’s true many hands make light work but sometimes too many cooks spoil the broth. Whatever you do, make sure you all go home on good terms at the end!

Good to know:

  • It can get warm in a closed room on hot days so book earlier in the day when it’s still pretty cool 
  • You can play the escape rooms in any order, but you might want to start off with one of the easier ones first!
  • Some of the escape rooms are up staircases so are accessible to some people and not others 
  • My top tip – always use the pencil and paper!

I absolutely loved playing Outbreak. Our time was nearly up and I was convinced we wouldn’t break out, but we managed to escape with 1 minute and 5 seconds to spare. 

If you don’t manage to break out then you leave with a resolve to try harder next time; if you solve all the clues and escape then you leave feeling proud of yourselves and very relieved.

Next up, I plan to give the Spellbound escape room a whirl…

Book your escape room experience at Breakout Liverpool here.

Disclaimer: I received a free visit to Breakout Liverpool but my review is genuine. No zombies were harmed in the making of this review.

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