DiFrancesco’s Diamonds at Breakout Escapes Cambridge

Review of DiFrancesco’s Diamonds
at Breakout in Cambridge

DeAngelo DiFrancesco, a wealthy Italian heir and pro footballer, has just been signed to your team; Romano FC. It is well known that DiFrancesco has a penchant for gambling. You recently made a bet with him and won! But he HATES having to pay up.

3.4Overall Score
  • Puzzle Quality
  • Environment
  • Story Integration
  • Staff Involvement
  • Overall Immersion
  • Overall Fun


DiFrancesco’s Diamonds was actually a fairly interesting room considering it’s quite small physically.  The atmosphere is pretty good although it’s fairly easy to recreate a locker room in a commercial space.  It would be nice to have some ambient audio like stadium sounds in the room.  Rather, we had the sounds from the neighbouring room to keep us company.

I think the puzzle quality was one of the best parts of this room.  We were only stumped by one puzzle and think it would be helpful to have a sign on the wall with the hint “Please return the balls to the rack.” This would solidify that one puzzle.

The staff member was friendly but we have a few points to note.  The introduction is read hastily from a sheet of paper without much engagement with the players. The hint was given as an answer to the puzzle rather than a nudge in the right direction.  And, now that I think of it, the host wasn’t following COVID protocols and wasn’t wearing a mask, despite having to enter the room to give hints.

Overall, the experience was enjoyable and is good for 2 to 4 people though the location charges for a minimum of 3 people.  It’s a good quick room that is good for beginners but is not a very immersive experience.

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