Colab Factory’s The Copycat

On Wednesday I was invited to check out Colab Factory‘s new horror experience, so along with other members of Love Popups London, we headed down to Borough to try The Copycat.

Advertised as part immersive theatre, part escape room, we were very curious to see how this one played out. It’s always difficult to write reviews without giving anything away, but I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible!

The Copycat begins with hobby detectice Anthony Larson welcoming our group of adventurers like well known to him online acquaintances. From his introductory speech we gather that the premise of this experience is that we all know each other from an online community that likes to play detective and talks quite a bit about serial killers. From this community we were all invited to join Larson in his quest to prove that a recent string of murders is connected.

From here, the experience morphs through different phases that make it really varied and interesting.

From gathering information from witness statements, picking out the most likely suspects, interrogating suspects in a dark, dingy basement, to suddenly having to break out of a murder dungeon, The Copycat has it all! Plot twists, games and puzzles, creepy props, and just the right atmosphere to set your nerves on edge.

While the story and puzzles are quite easy to figure out, the whole of the experience is terrifyingly good! This is not purely an escape room, so keep that in mind! If you’re experienced at escape rooms, the puzzles won’t be too much of a challenge, but the atmosphere, with its creepy darkness, and overall horror movie look, make this a whole different level of horror experience.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a detective and hunt a serial killer, or just love horror movies and always wanted to be in one without truly being in danger, this is your chance! Go and experience The Copycat while you can! It’s super fun and really quite scary.

My only gripes would be that our group was quite large and it felt like not everyone got to go hands on with the interactive parts of the story, and that the puzzles could have been a little more challenging. But even with that, it was still a ton of fun! Five out of six rainbow sloths from me!

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