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Really good room!

This is the second room I played in this venue, which as I mentioned in the other review is very nice and has friendly staff. This room is the first one I have played with an Egyptian theme. I think it was well achieved. The puzzles were logical and theme related, some typically found in other escape rooms, but also some original ones, and there were several things to keep a group busy. Based on the rooms I have played I can only say that this venue is really worth a visit.

  • Goldrush — Fun Farm
  • Geplaatst op 1 november 2018 om 14:45
  • Gespeeld met 5 personen in oktober 2018; Ontsnapt: Ja

Great room with physical elements!

After a struggling a little bit to find the place (the access is via a little road paralllel to the main road), I arrived to encounter a cozy lobby with a bar and lot of different games. A great place for larger groups as they have many rooms and a good waiting area. As the place is a little bit isolated and not close to my place, one of the reasons I dediced to go for it was the reviews here and I was not dissapointed, on the contrary I was rather surprised to find such great rooms there. The start of this room is really nice, in our case unluckily there was a technical glitch at the beginning, which took off a little bit of the emotion, but in spite of it, it is really well done. I love when escape rooms have kind of a preamble to the game itself. In my case I had experienced the same idea in at least two other rooms, but it is fun every single time, and in this case it was particularly enjoyable in view of the topic of the escape room. For me it was the first time I encounter a room with this sort of physical elements. I guess they changed the aspect deemed by one reviewer as dangerous, because I did not encounter anything, which might be considerd like that (october 2018). It has to be said that obviously this room is not doable for people with reduced mobility, but it is also not physically challenging, after all it is an escape room. In any case, I enjoyed these elements, they give an extra something, as opposed to the more classic escape rooms, where the transitions are from one room to another through a door for instance. The puzzles were original, logical and theme related and good to keep different people busy at the same time. The hints were given at the right moments and the staff was friendly before and after the game. There was a minor aspect of the final puzzle, which I found a little bit confusing, that in my opinion could be easily solved with a small change. As it is stated in the recommended amount of people, 4 is fine. We played with 5 and there were a couple of moments when it was too much.

Very nice room! Probably the best in the city of Antwerpen

This was the second room of the four played in Antwerpen and in my opinion it was the best of those four. We were friendly received by the owner. It was interesting to hear after the game that he was doing everything on his own, which must be acknowledged given the great result. He also asked for feedback after the game (not something that you hear very often) and was interested in game recommendations from the Netherlands. The venue is very spacious and while some things are still "work in progress", there is nothing to object and it has some really nice details. Among the things that are still being worked on is the area, where the entrance of the room is located. I am sure, once finished it will be great. The props for the pictures is a nice detail. The room is really nicely done. As a scientist I enjoyed to find a topic related to science, which I have not found that often in Escape rooms, it is also nice how the puzzles and the story are connected to that. All in all a really solid room. It is maybe not a room that I would put in my top list, but it is definitely a very good room that is worth a visit. Nice decor, nice puzzles. Some elements I have found repeatedly in other escape rooms, but it had also some elements that I had never seen before and that I found really nice. While there are not many surprise moments, there are certain elements, that I found were really nicely done where one thinks that something will happen and something else did. The puzzles were all logical and challenging. If I happen to be in Antwerpen again, I will surely visit the venue for the new room(s)!

Mixed feelings...

This was the first of some games played in a trip to Antwerpen. Already from the beginning you realize you are dealing with a rather commercial venue. Not really made for spending time there (even the confirmation e-mail said to be 5-10 minutes before the game the earliest), but just to process the groups (they have quite a number of rooms there). The girl that accompanied us to the room was very friendly, but it felt just as a regular professional service. There is no discussion after the room, and other than the picture (with nice props) that is pretty much it. The area of the rooms looks just like an office building, only when you enter the room you are supposed to get into the the theme. In this case we were accompanied into the room, which for me is sometimes a deal breaker, we got some things explained and then the game began. My first impression was of a rather empty room with some things related to the theme. On the other hand there were a few nice things related to the room later on the game, which compensated for that first impression. In any case it is not a place, where you get in the mood just by entering. While the progress to through the room was clear, some aspects did not make much sense in relationship to the story. The puzzles were in general good and theme related, but there was one puzzle that should in my opinion never be in an escape room. It is a puzzle you do sitting on a train, in the toilet, but certainly not in an escape room, at least in my opinion. I never encountered such a puzzle before and I think for a good reason. In many cases there was not really a clear logic between the puzzles and the locks. Figuring some things out was in some cases rather a wild guess than a logical process. Another issue was the hint giving. Sometimes the hints were ok, both in content and timing, but in other cases we were just starting on one puzzle and we got immediately hints with no time to think at all, and in other cases we got directly an answer instead of a hint. Some hints were probably necessary, due to missing logic mentioned above. All in all, it was a room that, with a few nice exceptions, for all of the reasons mentioned above felt more like working than enjoying. Compared to the rooms I have played mainly in the Netherlands I would rate it as a (slightly below) average room.

What an experience!!!

I was looking forward to play this room for a while and finally I got the opportunity. I have to say my expectations were very high. After hearing about it so much, I needed to experience it myself and I was not dissapointed. The experience is amazing. There is not much to say without revealing too much, but I do not think that there many escape rooms that have such a great concept and such a great overall experience, including the role of the host and even the confirmation e-mails. In terms of the atmosphere, there is an authenticity in the room, that it is difficult to imitate. The puzzles are nice, but rather lineal and not so many. It is clear that the focus is on the experience. I missed a little bit the thrill of puzzle solving from more classic escape rooms. It is funny because along the many things I had heard about this room, one of it was the difficulty to escape, which the host confirmed, so when we exited I was still quite surprised that we had done it, in a way I was expecting more challenges. We received a nice little souvenir, but on the other hand there was no picture. I do not know if it is because of the experience, but there was not a place to sit , have a drink and/or discuss the game after finishing. While the host played a really nice role, I missed the personal touch of the people (usually owners) of some other rooms after the game. Because of the experience, this is a must play room in the Netherlands.

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A must in Antwerpen!

This was the last game of a little trip to the city of Antwerpen! If I compare the games we played there to, for instance, the high quality games around the area where I live in the Netherlands, Antwerpen is probably not a bastion for escape room enthusiasts. Nevertheless I consider this room as a little jewel in Antwerpen and worth visiting if you are in the area. In the first place just because of the overall experience. The host, which I believe it's the owner as well, played a fantastic role, contributing to this experience. In the many escape rooms I have played this is the exception, rather than the norm, so it is always nice to encounter this, and I strongly believe it is an added value. In the second place, the room is nicely done. The atmosphere matching the topic, nice use of effects, overall there is little to complain about, except some minor things, which are difficult to describe without giving away spoilers. Concerning the puzzles, one has to bear in mind that the nature of the room is a Popup room, nowadays there is a tendency to use technology and refrain from locks, so obviously people with an allergy to locks might find this apect of this room not so good. As I said in many other reviews I do not believe locks are a problem as such. On the other hand there is always the question of the relationship between the presence of locks and the topic, and also the puzzles in relationship to the locks and topic. I think this could be improved. In particular concerning the nature of the puzzles. Many of them do not appear to be related to the story or the setting, as it is done in many of the Escape Rooms I have played where an hotel room was involved. We got quite a few hints, I am really surprised because this was a constant in all of the rooms we played in Antwerpen (see other reviews). I am wondering if this had to do with our team or the daily shape of our team, or was a rather general issue. I have done some quite hard (in terms of escape rates) rooms in the Netherlands and in none of them I have got half of the hints I got in each of the rooms played in Antwerpen. In the particular case of this room, I am wondering if maybe some aspects of the puzzle design could be better to avoid hints and to make the puzzles clearer. There was for instance one particular thing that it was done in such a way that was a little bit confusing. The biggest issue was the final task, which was mentioned by the other reviewers of this site. While I do not care so much about time, I want to succeed in escaping. We had quite a some time for the final task, but it did not work out. Now, that I see the other reviews here, we were not the only ones, so I wonder what is the percentage of success of the people of this room, in particular concerning the final task. Without knowing said percentage it is difficult to judge, but it appears very difficult to be done, in particular also with the room conditions making a difficult task even more difficult. It felt a little bit frustrating as we spent quite some time on it, and it is an individual task. On top of that the host was not able to make it work, while he showed us the general principle and that it should work, the item concerned did not work in spite of various attempts of the host. I tend to be very critical with malfunctions, because they can really ruin the experience. In this case however, even the failure was an experience and therefore it compensated a little bit the fact that we did not manage to escape. To sum up, in spite of the technical issue/high level of difficulty with the final thing, the experience was really good and I could appreciate the overall concept, taht is why I consider this as a very good room. So, if you have the chance before they move to a new location, go for it!

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Great room!

After playing The submarine I was looking forward to play the new room. I was not disappointed as it was again a very good room. The room has a clear progression, with a clear story, although sometimes I wondered a little bit about the conection between the puzzles and the story. The atmosphere is well achieved. There are a lot of great elements related to the story that I enjoyed a lot, specially the puzzles. There were a few things I had not seen before. I think we got only two hints related to some things that were maybe not very clear, therefore I am a little bit surprised that othe reviewers commented that there were many hints necessary. All in all, the puzzles were logical and fun, and it was nice that several involved collaborative work. You lose the feeling of the time spent in there, like The submarine, this is a 90 minutes room, but in both rooms we escaped way ahead the 90 minutes, so I can imagine that with an experienced group you should not expect to spend that much time. Maybe a little minus was that we did not get a picture after the game. I do not know if the gamemaster forgot, or they do not do it anymore, but when one is used to it, it feels like something is missing.

Fantastic experience!

As this is the second time we play in Zoetermeer and the third time a room from Escape Challenge, there is not much to add to some of my previous reviews, in short: nice waiting area and great service. The room was, as all the other rooms, of great quality. The atmosphere is great, the puzzles were really nice and logic and there was also a nice flow. I can only recommend Escape Challenge. It is nice to have escape rooms of such a good quality in the region.

Classic escape room at its best

I wil start this review by simply stating: What a great room! From the rather classic rooms I have played, I believed this one was one of the best. Maybe the decoration is rather minimalistic, but I think it serves the purpose of the atmosphere of the room, which makes a good use of light and sound effects. Without revealing anything, it is indeed a room, which has lot of locks, but as I have mentioned in many reviews before, in spite of the tendencies in the escape room industry, locks is not a synonym of boring or a simple room. On the contrary, this room is challenging and has a large variety of puzzles, and they are linked around a certain topic, so the room is not a mere collection of dissimilar puzzles but is connected throught the underlying topic. Furthermore, there is a clear progression in the room. It is also nice that it keeps everyone quit busy, with the exception of converging moments, we were split several times in two groups of people working on different things, which is probably the only way of making it out on time. The fact that there is a bonus puzzle at the end makes it even more fun, even though we had the key to freedom with a little bit over 5 minutes to go, we stayed until the last seconds trying to solve the final bonus puzzle. Apparently not many groups manage to make it, we did not, but at least we escaped, which apparently not so many groups do either (8% is supposed to be the escape rate). Therefore I think this room is great for groups looking for a challenge. ¨In my second visit to this venue, I found the service very friendly both before and after the game. It was nice to talk to the owner (¨?) who is also an enthusiast and share some experiences and recomendations.

Nice room with an comitted owner

After playing a lot of rooms in the region, it was the turn of Missionroom in Voorburg. It was nice to be welcomed by the owner, and it was great having a chat after the game, about other escape rooms and his future projects. It is really an integral part of having a good time, how you are received and treated before and after the game. Little details, such as charging cables for the phones in the locker or the souvenir picture afterwards round up a ten points service in my view. The room as such was also a very good experience. If I have to sum it up I would describe it as how to make a very good experience with limited resources. Obviously some topics allow more or less creativity, and in this case you have a girl's bedroom, which is also what you get, but also nicely matching the underlying topic of the room, A functional and nice use of effects and a variety of puzzles round up the experience. I can imagine a couple of things that could be different, but all in all we enjoyed and that is the most important thing. I am looking forward to play the other room in the venue (and the new one(s) once they open).

Nice room, specially for beginners

It is the third time I visit a room in this venue. The reception area is very nice, quite big and with the possibility of some snacks and having a drink before or after the game. The service is friendly, but it is obviously a more commercially oriented service, which obviously makes a difference with the rooms where you can talk about the game with the owner/creator of the room. I had played other rooms and this is the first time I played one of their rooms as a battle room. It is quite nice to follow your progress and the progress of the other team. We were considerably faster than the other team, but I can imagine that if you have two very competittive teams it can be even more fun. The room is nicely ambiented and the puzzles and decoration is theme related. It is also nice that they have these cowboy costumes to play the room. Something common to the rooms of this venue is that they a little bit simple in terms of space distribution, the difficulty of the puzzles is limited and the progress is linear (in a way necessary for the progressive comparison with the other team). It is not a room, where you will be amazed, but it is nice for having fun. For experienced escapers do not play it with too many people! All in all it was a fun experience. It is ideal for beginners and casual players, and because the venue offers a plurality of different battle rooms and the reception area is big and comfortable it is an ideal venue for big groups.

Really nice room!

This was my first time in Dordrecht and I was pleasantly surprised. The guy working there was friendly, introduced us nicely into the game and we had a nice chat afterwards. The contact via mail, when reserving, before and after the game was really professional. It was also cool that they had in-game pictures. The room is supposed to be the second hardest one of the venue, and indeed we got challenged in a mixed group with two more experienced people and two first timers, That made it quite nice, as we escaped with little time on the clock. I enjoyed the room a lot, and I know everyone on the team did as well, lots of things happening, really nice flow, decoration according to the theme and puzzles that were theme related. I also foun that the concept was quite original and involved interaction in a rather unconventional way. I can only recomend this room and I am looking forward to playing the other rooms of the venue.

How to ruin a room with poor service

This is probably the most challenging review to write, because I liked the room, I think even more than the other room of the venue, but the service failed in all lines and when this affects gameplay, the review cannot be very positive. Nevertheless I will start with the good aspects. I found the theme original, the room, the story, the puzzles all theme related. I found elements that I had not seen in other escape rooms. One of these elements maybe not so great, but definitely original. There were a lot of nice elements in this room. The first half an hour of the game run normally, and then we came to a puzzle, which apparently was activated externally. After figuring out what had to be done, we realized we had not got the information, so we needed the thing to be activated again. Otherwise it was impossible to move forward. According to the host, they could hear us in the room, we asked for it to be run again, repeatedly and we stood there without being able to do anything for a while until it was reactivated. That was the first service flaw. Without revealing what the puzzle was about (the idea was actually nice), the mistake is equivalent for instance to have a room with morse code (not the case here), play it once and if not decoded in time preventing the group from progressing. I do not know how long we waited for it to be activated but after it was done and we gathered the information, we struggled with what to do with the information, as there was not in my opinion a clear logic, as how it should be solved, the first hint was rather useless and after a while we got a hint that allowed us to finally know how the problem was to be solved. It had two components, one was quickly solved but we got stuck on the other. In any case, 1/3 of the room's time was spent stuck on that puzzle. The gamemaster did not run the puzzle again, in spite of the fact we asked aloud for it, the hint giving was mostly useless, partially repeating things we had figured out already, and not helping with the second part for a long time again in spite of asking for it. I do not know if this was because he was following a parallel room, he was not paying attention, or he decided he would let us fail on it, but none of the reasons is valid and none of the reasons contributes to a good experience, given that to spend one third of the time on one thing is far from being fun, which is the objective of playing an escape room. To make things worse, even though there was no group after us, he did neither allow us to finish the room, nor showed us the last puzzle and resolution, there was no discussion with him, no comments, he even "complained" of having helped a lot (which was not the case, because until that puzzles no hints were needed) and only because we asked he said something about the final puzzle. In general the communication by e-mail had nothing to do with the communication in person. Not only not interested in the experience we had, but also a rather unfriendly attitude. There was no picture taken, I had to ask to take us a picture with my phone, there were no drinks offered, well, a failure of service in all possible items. So, all in all, it was a nice room I had fun playing it, with the exception mentioned above. I think good service costs nothing and can make a huge difference in an experience. The fact that it affected gameplay was the worst part of it.

Probably the best room of the venue

I had played some time ago Water Flood and Zombie Apocalypse in Save Amsterdam. After having played a lot more rooms after that, my initials impresison are confirmed. The personnel was friendly and gave us a nice introduction. But the after game service could be substantially improved, for instance discussing the room, selling drinks, etc. In most of the other venues I have played, usually we are the last group and the owners or gamemasters have a lot of patience and engage in nice talks after the game and/or do a walktrough the room. In this venue I always felt the guys were in a rush, and in a way I understand it, because it is a business after all, but as I said it is a huge difference in terms of service to many other rooms. Concerning the room, they told us this was built by a different person than the other two, but I believe the main aspects I have reviewed for the other rooms apply also here. The atmosphere is not completely accomplished. It is far away from the top rooms of the country, but on the other hand they use sound and light effects and have all kind of decorations. The story and the relationship story puzzles is not always clear, to the point that some puzzles are really nice and have nice effects, but there is no sense of the puzzle connected to the story or theme of the game. On the other hand the topic of most of the puzzles relate somehow to the topic of the game, which I found good. I think the strongest point of this room, as well as of the other rooms, is that many puzzles have this home made feeling, which even though it can go against the atmosphere, they are really original. Lot of puzzles and resources I have not seen in any other room. The puzzles are good and all in all they make a challenging and fun experience, which is in the end the most important thing in an escape room. I think beginners and more experienced players can be challenged by this room. We played with 4 people in a mixed team and evereyone enjoyed it.

A must play room

My escape room number 40 in the Netherlands could not have been better. We had played the Dentist in Delft and I was looking forward to play the other games of Escape Challenge. It was the turn of The Orphanage, the latest Escape Room from them.
The gamemaster in Zoetermeer was great and confirmed the good experience we had in Delft. Not only before the game, but also after the game, extremely friendly. The venue is also nice and has an spacious waiting room, where you can have a drink.
About the room, there is not much to say other that it belongs in my opinion to the top rooms in the Netherlands. A game with a great flow, an amazing ambientation and use of effects and last but not least a variety of great theme related puzzles, several involving collaborative work.
This room has everything you want in a room and more.
A minor improvement point is related to the language. Even though it is playable in English there were a couple of Dutch only things that for visitors from other countries with no Dutch knowledge could be a problem. Maybe this could be improved for the future. In our case it did not alter the experience, as we had one native speaker (for one of the things really necessary) in our group.
As our gamemaster said, people that experience the rooms of Escape Challenge come back for more, and so we will!

Nice concept and fun experience

I did not know exactly what to expect from this room, but I liked the description in the website and decided to try it out. We did the room with 5 and it was fine, but I agree with the recommended number of 4, although by experiences escapers also less people could even be better. The venue is easily reachable and it is nicely arranged. We were received in a friendly manner by our gamemaster. He took a lot of time after the game to discuss the game, which I always like. The story is nice and I liked also the concept of breaking in, instead of escaping. The interesting thing was that unlike other escape rooms, which you have to break in, but also escape within a certain time, it does not matter what you do in the room. in this case there is a point based system, so the time you need (as long as it is below an hour) does not matter. The important thing is how you complete the tasks and trying to get the maximum points by doing so. After playing quite some games, I liked the different concept. We had a great time. As the whole thing consist of robbing a bank, you cannot expect any spectacular set, I think it was nicely done, in a realistic way. Obviously it is not as impressive as when the escape room has a very special setting, but in spite of being simple it is very nicely done, so you get the feeling of being in a real small bank office somewhere. A similar thing can be said about the puzzles, there were no puzzles particularly surprising for an experienced escapers, but in the context of the escape they were ok. The hint system was original, and also related to the topic, so all in all I can only recommend this room.

We had to go back to the Island!

Almost exactly two years ago we played Down the Hatch and after playing The Cooper Case, we had high expectations on this room and we were looking to play it since it opened. Again the guys from Down the Hatch managed to pull out a great room. It was great to see what they did with the waiting room, since our last time there. It looks really nice and professional. The hosts were extremely friendly and took a lot of time for us after the game. The room has everything you want from a room, nice use of technology (nice is an understatement), great puzzles, related to the topic and following a nice storyline, and teamwork. The only thing I can find as a minor critic point is that for certain moments 6 people is a little bit much. I think 4 people is ideal, although I have to say that in spite of being 6 we struggled and manage to escape in the last couple of minutes. In any case if you have not being in Down the Hatch, you are missing something!

Nice room

It is not the first time I have been to this venue. The venue is really nice signalized, and gives a very professional impression. The girl who was our game master was very friendly and contributed to the nice experience. While it is clearly not a top game, neither in terms of challenge or atmosphere, it is a nice solid room, with a nice beginning and a good flow. Logic puzzles, not many suprising things, but fun to play nevertheless. I think these rooms are in particular great for beginners or escapers with not so much experience. We played in a team of 4, with one beginner and we escaped well ahead of time.

Nice, classical room

I was not sure how to review this room, because it is a very nice room, but on the other hand I had very high expectations. Concerning the service, there are both very positive and not so positive points. While the room can be played in English, not everything is in that language. There were many things that probably would take 30 minutes in total to translate them into English and then have a complete all in English experience. I found a pity that the owners did not make that little effort, which would enhance considerably the experience. On the other hand the girl who was there that day said it was the first time they had an all English no Dutch group, so it was really good that she accomapnied us during the game in English (she said she could not speak that well, but she did). So big thump up for the game master, and not so much for the owner, although I understand that in that area maybe the non Dutch speaking population is not that big. The room is nicely done, and there are a couple of interesting effects. The room is more a classical room, in the sense that you have many puzzles and many combination locks. For the people that are not much into numbers and locks, maybe it is not the best, but for people who enjoy puzzling then go for it. I think there is a nice line in the puzzle build up and there are some puzzles which involve teamwork, which is always a plus in my view.

Nice room, specially for beginners!

I had played Espionage in this venue, that was my second room, now I went there again with much more experience to try out another room, in spite of some issues the first time. In a way I am happy I did, because it is a nice room. The girl at the reception was very friendly and that makes always a difference. One critic point is that the walls are quite thin, so you hear noises of what is going on in the other room. Another aspect is that the room is a little bit too minimalistic decorated, that is a huge difference whith top quality rooms out there. It must also be said, that we played with three players and that was more than enough. 8 is insane, and even the recommended amount of 6 is much in relationship to the difficulty of the room. More on the positive side, it is a room with a nice flow, logic and fun puzzles, and which makes use of some nice effects. The puzzles are rather on the easy side for experienced players, that is also why it should not be played but too many. In any case it is a very nice room for beginners and even as experienced players we had lots of fun.

Not an escape room but AMAZING experience!

To start with: This is not an escape room! People expecting a giant escape room will be most likely be disappointed, as there are no puzzles as such. The only thing in common with an Escape Room is the objective of escaping the place. That is the reason why I gave such a low score under puzzles. In my case I did not do anything that could be seen as puzzle, even though there are things you have to figure out. If I have to place it under a denomination I would calll it a Live action role playing game. I went with two other people, but you do not play as a team, so also the number or people is irrelevant, in this occasion there were aprox. 150 players, and there are multiple ways of succeding in escaping. In principle you have to interact with lot of characters (the many actors) in order to achieve the objective. For me it was the first time doing somehting like this, so I was a little bit clueless at moments and overwhelmed by the large amount of people, but after a while you get the idea and play along. The atmosphere is fantastic, and it feels like a prison, because it is a real prison and the characters are really well-played. From the beginning till the end a thrilling experience. I loved the work of the actors, but obviously in a game like this lot of the fun comes also from the players. If you see the total price per person it could be seen as expensive, but the experience last three hours, so it is not more expensive than an escape room related to the number of hours. Normally the game is in Dutch, but the actors speak English so you could theortically play it as well. In my case I played a special edition, which was completely in English. I had a blast, so I can only recommend it.

Thrilling!

When I booked this room I trusted mostly the ranking in this website, as it appeared to be one of the best rooms in Rotterdam, but I did not really know what to expect. When I arrived to the site I was surprised first to encounter a really professional place, with a large and comfortable lounge with a bar and friendly staff. I have to say I was also a little bit concerned as most of the great games I had, were rooms "from enthiusiast, for enthusiasts", instead of commercial enterprises. When I entered the room and without revealing anything my first impression, was not the best, but that quickly changed and all in all it ended up being a really fun experience. Nice effects, nice atmosphere, and specially nice storyline and flow. The puzzles were in general nice, some of them not so much, but other really elaborated. I can only recommend!

Not to be missed

What a great experience! Friendly personnel, nice lounge, really great done, including the whole decoration in the venue leading to the room. Perfect introduction into the game. Great room with interesting puzzles, challenging, fun, surprising. What else can I add! I had great expectations as this room was ranked as number one here and my expectations were fully met.

Finally, a visit to the dentist that is a great experience ;-)

This is the first I play room I play from this venue and had some expectations due to the good ranking of all of their rooms. I have to say that I was not dissapointed by this room. One of the high points was the overall experience. Our game master was great and it is always nice when the game master is not only someone working there that gives you the standard talk. Before and after the game a really good experience. It is also nice how the game is introduced, I will not say anything to avoid spoilers but the build up prior to the actual game is really great. The room is a nicely accomplished room, perhaps a little bit minimalistic but matching the theme and also the puzzles are related to the topic. I found some similarities in this room to a few other nice rooms I have played, and by that I mean that even though it is mainly classic in the general build up (meaning locks and numbers) it uses also other elements and really nice visual and sound effects, which give the room a great atmpshere and contribute to the overall experience. Like in other rooms the locks and numbers are not a problem (in my opinion), when the story is solid, the puzzles are logical and mostly related to the theme. A few puzzles perhaps had not to do much with the atmoshere or topic of the room, but all in all it was a very good experience, also because the vast majority of the puzzles were really nicely thought and/or built. Perhaps there were moments of linearity, but even though we played at maximum capacity, I believe nobody felt bored or not challenged and kept us busy the whole time we were in there. Of course it is recomended to play with less players, in particular for experienced groups. We are looking forward to play the other rooms!

Nice game with classic topic

I was not sure what to expect about this room, but my first impresion was not that good, but tha changed quickly in the game. We were friendly received and introduced to the story by a friendly gamemaster. I like when they tell the story with real engagement. In terms of service, the place (which is actually an indoor climbing center) has a nice reception area, but the entrance to the actual room is outside, which is not that great if it is cold or raining. I personally do not like that you can enter with all your things into the room, but honestly after getting into the game I quickly forgot about all that. When I entered the room I was not entirely convinced but then the game started and it was a real nice flow. A nice storyline and interesting puzzles. Perhaps the atmosphere is a little bit minimalistic (bunker) but matching the theme, and there are lot of things from older times, also as part of the puzzles, which makes it very nice. All in all, it was a nice Escape Room. We managed to do it quite well, due to being an experienced group, but it can pose a challenge to a not so experienced group,. While clearly not a top escape room, it is nice to combine with other activities or to visit if in the area. I definitely had a good time.

Fun room, ideal for 2, rather easy for experienced players

I have to say that I was expecting more from this particular room, in particular due to its ranking here. I knew it was a classic Escape Room, but the fact that in principle the game consist of solving a series of puzzles, without much of a progression along a story or development in the room(s). The topic is nice and how they linked the individual puzzles to the topic. Many of the puzzles are fun, but in general not very difficult. The atmosphere is rather simple, but matching the topic. I would recommend a visit if you are playing the other room, or if you have only a team of two. It was recommended to us to play also the other rooms with not so many players (3), so if you are a bigger group it is much better to split and play both games in parallel. The service was friendly and it was nice the discussion and the above mentioned recommendation.

Idea good, but too easy

I had heard about this new venue and had a really nice exchange with one of the owners, the website looked also promising, so I wanted to try it out. Originally we wanted to split in two groups of five, but as several people cancelled, we ended up being 6 in one room, which unless you are in a top room it ends up being too many people, which was the case here. The reception area is large and comfortable and the service was friendly, but not particularly enthusiastic. The atmosphere in the room was rather simple, but fine, there were sound and light effects, but all in all the story was rather not very consistent. Somehow it was a nice room and the puzzles were also ok, but all in all not so many puzzles arranged in a linear way and relatively simple to solve. We were all but one more or less experienced players and we exited in about half an hour. Because of the not so clear story and how the room is done (and also the fact that we did it so quickly), the ending is rather disappointing. I can imagine that if you you play this room as an absolute beginner it would be a really nice experience that could hook you up, but for really experienced players is probably way too simple. Another thing that I did not like is that no picture was taken. I will nevertheless try to play the other rooms, in a smaller group, hoping that the experience that way is better.

Lot of fun, a must for classic video game lovers

Most of the comments I did when reviewing Wake Up, apply also for this room. Tidy reception with cookies and friendly enthusiastic service. Similar to Wake Up, a thing I liked a lot is that the room involved a lot of doing instead of classical mental work. For those looking for challenging mental puzzles it is probably not the best, but if you want an unusual and original room with a nice theme, then go for it. I would not recomend a big group. I played with three and it was fine. For a big group with a lot of people, in particular experienced people can get a little bit boring, because it is rather lineal and it does not need so many people for the puzzles. I think 2 or 3 is an ideal number. But again, in spite of this warning, it is really worth doing, because in the first place it is an original theme, and the atmosphere, including sound and light effect is really nicely done. All the puzzles are completely integrated into the room and the topic, so that is also a strong point. In general I think it was a great room, a small critic is that there was a technical glitch with one of the puzzles, but luckily the gamemaster could solve it remotely, so no harm done. As I said for WakeUp this room is also ideal for families, given the topic of the room and the type of puzzles involved.

Mindblowing! Absolutely must-play room!

Probably this will be my shortest review, because this room is so great that every word will not make justice to it. As usual the service in Escape Room Rijswijk is great, they took a lot of time to discuss the room with us afterwards and this is always in my opinion an integral part of a great experience. The atmosphere of the room is fantastic, every detail nicely done, and the puzzles are nicely integrated and match the whole storyline. In these great rooms you always miss some of the detail, because you are focus on the puzzles and getting out in time, but when you think about it and discuss it with the creators you realize the amount of effort and thought put into it. The puzzles are great, they cover a lot of different kinds of puzzles and there are several, which involve collaborative work. If you have not played this room, you have to. Really!

A different and at the same time great room

I got to play this room via MeetUp, as one of the organizers of the group works there. I decided to do it in the last minute and I was happy I did. The people working there were friendly and both before and after the game there was the opportunity to sit, have some cookies and have a chat. The atmosphere of the room is great and it is nice how the puzzles match into the theme. I think one of the stronger points of the room other than it is really nicely done is that it does not involve the classic "puzzle solving, code in lock" dynamics. It is actually exactly the opposite, for two reasons, practically no locks and the puzzles involve rather physical objects and activities. For me that was refreshing and at the same surprising after having done several rooms. I was in a certain way happy to have newcomers to escape rooms in the group, which brought a fresh view on several of the puzzles. As less positive aspect is that the room is quite linear, so in principle most of the time everyone is occupied with the same thing. Another small critic, that was noted by one of the members in our group (in spite of being a newcomer) is that the last puzzle (even though I found it quite nice) did not match that well into the rest of the room, even when there is a clear reason for being like it is. In general I think it was a great room. I enjoyed the feeling of doing other kind of puzzles, and I believe all of them were clear and logical. This room is also ideal for families, given the topic of the room and the type of puzzles involved. I think it is good for both beginners and experienced groups alike, although eventually it could be on the rather easy scale for really experienced people,. I did it with three newcomers (two of them zero experience, but both really sharp ;-) ) and we managed to escape well ahead of time. All in all I can only recommend it and I am looking forward to play the other room.

Really challenging and great room!

This room confirms my experience so far, namely that the rooms that are created and managed by escape room enthusiasts provide the greatest experience. Not only in the room, but also before and after and having talks that range from the discussion about the room to exchanging experiences and getting recommendations for further rooms. It makes a huge difference. A group was playing the same room than us directly after we did and we could watch them play via the cameras. That was pretty cool and gives a whole new perspective about how the gamemaster sees the game. A 10 for describing the service in these cases is not enough ;-) The atmosphere of the room is amazing....a huge amount of work was put into it and it really payed off. The use of effects is great and the fact that is based on the movie makes it really cool. The puzzles are all connected to the theme. This integration is really nicely done. It has to be said, that this is the hardest escape room I have played so far, and even when afterwards everything has a logic and an explanantion, during the game it ends up being quite challenging. This is the only room I have encountered so far, where the best escape time is in the less than 10 minutes left range, so the risk of not escaping like us :-( is higher (also one of the lowest escape rates we have encountered so far). So, for those experienced players looking for a great room and at the same challenging this room is perfect.

Nice theme, nice room. Can only recommend!

When I booked this room I had some e-mail exchange with the owner (?) and I always received a prompt and friendly answer. I was surprised in a postive way, as there were a couple of reviews really negative about the experience with this venue. Luckily for us, this was not the case, we were received in a friendly manner, and also had some time to discuss the game afterwards. If I have to criticize one thing from the service is that no picture was taken, I do not know if that is always like that there or it just happened to us, but I thought about it only after being on my way back home. The atmosphere of the room was great, I thnk it was really well-done. The decoration matched the theme in a perfect manner, and there was a nice use of visual and auditive elements. The puzzles were nicely integrated in the theme as well and they were logic. The puzzles were quite balanced, and in spite that perhaps individually they were not so difficult, the whole thing was challenging till the end, and we escaped with little more than 3 minutes on the clock. I think there was a nice combinations of mental and physical puzzles and also colaborative element, which I always enjoy a lot. A slightly negative aspect (in my view) is when the connection between locks and puzzle is not clear and you have several options. I mentioned this to the gamemaster, but for instance one of the team member says that she enjoyed trying the combinations in different lock, so I guess for everyone is different. In any case I think these things do not alter greatly the experience in any case. I think it is a pity that apparently several groups had problems with the venue, because I found the room really good. I did not know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. People enjoying a little bit of a creepy atmosphere will enjoy this room a lot. I will for sure try the other room in the future based on my experience.

Great atmosphere and neat location

One and a half year later I returned to where it all started and I had played my very first game. I had not played the old version of this room but given that they completely renewed the room I can imagine this version is much better than the former one. One thing that still aplies is the very nice reception area and as a matter of fact they improved it, with neat designs of the rooms logos among other things. It is a nice place to wait before the game or spend after the game. While for many this is not an important factor I found it a real plus in the service. The personnel was friendly and they spared us the classical introduction talk. Also they took the time afterwards to discuss the game. The atmosphere of the room was really great, every detail in the room was consistent with the topic, you felt like really being in a doctors clinic. It was also great that the puzzles were all related to the topic and the story. There was a nice use of effects and there were some really cool puzzles and things to do. The puzzles were logically structured and perhaps the only negative aspect was that the flow was quite linear, so that if you play with too many, it is not that good. We went in with 4 and I think that is fine. The puzzles were not very difficult and actually it took us much more time to escape because we got stuck with something. In terms of service that was pretty much the only problem, namely that we we got stuck a very simple hint would have sufficed and we kept on getting hints that were unluckily not useful, until finally the solution had to be given. On one hand because the game master can not hear what is happening in the room, but also because he was not able to realize what we were missing. Other than that I think is a very good room, which for a really experienced escaper should be relatively easy. On the other hand the room is so nicely built that I can recommend it, and I am sure I will try out the renovated KGB and the other rooms.

Technical mistake ruined the experience

The venue has a spacious reception, where we waited comfortably playing Jenga until we could enter the room. The personnel was friendly and given that we were an experienced group, there was almost no explanation given (classical talk before), which I found good. There was a kind of funny intro video and the room had a nice start. In general the room had some atmosphere, but it was rather minimlaistic, a topic like Matrix has a lot of potential, and I saw that not entirely exploited in the room, neither by the story nor by the atmosphere of the room. The puzzles were nice, even though sometimes the connection with the topic was rather non existing, nevertheless they were logic and there were quite a few interesting things I had not seen before, one of them particularly nice, which involved collaborative work. The puzzle flow was rather linear, and lacked of twists or unexpected things. The worst part of the experience was that one puzzle failed, I cannot enter into details in order not to spoil, but it failed to an extent that it was impossible to solve, the game master kept on giving tips (more than 4), but it was to no use because the thing was malfunctioning. After a while he realized that and asked from the outside and ended up entering the room to solve the isssue, and he needed like three attempts until it finally worked. As this was kind of the middle of the game it had an awful cool down effect. In my experience so far, my worst experiences were the ones where the gamemaster had to enter the room due to something malfunctioning, as it ruins the flow of the game, which is one, if not the main reason that makes playing an escape room special. Another not so major thing is that after completing the objective the end is rather unspectacular, we exited the room, nobody was there, we entered again, until at some point the game master came. So, all in all it was not a very satisfying experience. I will give a try nevertheless to the other rooms given that the room as such was ok, and hoping that this experience is rather the exception and not the norm.

A solid and good classical room!

Once again we visited Escape Room Rijswijk, after managing to get out just in time in The Hangover, we were expecting a challenging room given that the escape rate is considerably lower (30% vs 50%), luckily we managed to escape well in time, with the help of our nice game master who was friendly and helpful before, during and after the game. In terms of service it is always nice to visit this venue. This room is quite different that The Hangover, this is actually nice for people looking for different experiences in the same venue, as it is a more classical rooms (yes, that means also a substantial amount of locks ;-) ). Nevertheless it is a nicely balanced room in terms of searching and puzzling. The theme is nicely introduced and in general the puzzles and atmosphere of the room are related to the story. There is also a background music, which fits really well into the theme and contributes to the atmosphere. The main critic I can make concerning the atmosphere and the room in general is that I guess due to the location of the room (in the building) there are parts of the room which are somewhat accessible that are not part of the room (game). Of course you ignore that during the game as you are focussed on solving the puzzles, but it is something that for me plays a role also in terms of the feeling of autenthicity being in a certain room. All in all I believe this is a nice and challenging room both for the beginning or experienced escaper and can only recommend a visit, as we had lots of fun. We are looking forward to playing the last room of this venue!

Too simple but good for beginners or family with kids

We were enthusiastically received by a girl. The reception area was way too small, there was no place to sit there, and there were no lockers, so you could take your things (phone, wallet, etc) into the room. She said we could use the calculator of the phone if we wanted to. I prefere the policy of the vast majority of the rooms, where nothing is allowed, if something is needed it is in the room. Using the calculator in a cell phone in a MEDIEVAL room, kind of kills the mood. She gave us something to wear on top of our clothes (medieval costume) and accompanied us into the room, where she explained things. In my opinion the game master should not enter the room. If the explanations are given while you are already discovering the room with your eyes, it ruins that surprise effect you get when you enter on your own. Due to the nature of the puzzles there were locks with no touch stickers on it, while it is good to know that they do not form part of the game, that also does not contribute to the feeling in the room. The room as such had some nice decoration elements, that matched the theme, even though the finishing of many of the puzzles (the appearance) was missing the touch to make them credible, but all in all the atmosphere is nice. This was the easiest room I have done so far (number 19), one reason for it, it that the puzzles were quite linear. We did it with 4 people, gladly we were not 5, which is the maximum number of people. The puzzles as such were quite nice, not very difficult, more of the interactive kind and with collaborative elements. I liked many of the puzzles used in the room and found some of them original. It was very clear what to do. Even though I escaped other rooms with quite some time of the clock, this was not only the fastest but also had a little bit a feelin of "That was it?". I think also because there were not really surprises or twists during the whole game. To sum it up, it is not a bad room, but not for the escape room enthusiasts with several escapes on the back. I think for families with kids, it is quite ideal as many puzzles involve doing rather than solving mental puzzles, also the costumes and the decoration would made also a nice experience for kids. I think also that if this would have been my first escape room I would have liked many of the things and would have been surprised, so I think also for beginners it is a good chamber.

A great surprise! Great classical room!

I did not know what to expect about this room, because there were not many reviews. I have to say I am happy I chose this room. To start with the owner was an extremely nice person that welcome us enthusiastically, and presented the story in the same way. After the game he shared stories fro many other groups in the room, so that rounded up a great experience. On top of that, even though we were the last group of the day he let us stay to play a board game after escaping! I saw a review mentioning the older place. Now, you can have different drinks and snacks and there is a selection of board games. I have to say that even though the reception is nothing fancy, the human warmth and enthusiasm more than compensates that, and deserves a clear 10 in service. The room as such can be described as a very good classical room, I enjoyed it from the beginning till the end. The atmosphere and the puzzles matched the story. Perhaps a warning should be issued for those allergic to numbers, yes there are puzzles with numbers, but it is a Casino. What else can you expect? ;-) I enjoyed the flow of the game, and I believe it is a nicely designed and well thought room. In short it is a nice classical room, which can be challenging (apparently the escape rate is not that high), we worked well in am mixed team having some experienced players but also first timers. I can only recommend to try this one out! I will surely come back again for the other rooms!

Mmmm....could and should be better

This room is described as a difficult room for minimum four, and there is a reason for that: lot of puzzles! I enjoyed the puzzles, there was a variety of them, but of course many are known to the experienced escaper. But I will get back to that later. While the guy who received us was nice and friendly I did not feel an enthusiastic reception, which is what I have encountered in most of the rooms so far. Some general talk about escape rooms, and too little about the story, it is nice, when the story is told in such a way, that you want to play it. I missed that completely. The reception was way too simple, no place to gather really before or after the game. Also, the start of the game should be improved. A simply "you start here" is not enough. The major flaws were though, that something that should have happened did not, the gamemaster had to enter, while entering the thing was finally triggered. Kind of a waiting moment, because everything was solved but the thing that did not work. And there was an issue in the final puzzles, where something was open, that apparently should not have opened. It was not very clear, but part of the team was busy with that and did not realize that the game was completed. Even not considering that, because mistakes happen, I lived some minor ones in other escape rooms, there were several things that did not meet my expectations. The setup is quite simple, to call it somehow, and the not touch stickers do not contribute at all in the atmosphere, which per se is not that good. There were some parts, which were incomplete to name it somehow, and there was even some defect prop lying there. These are no go`s in my opinion. Als,o the quality of some objects was not that good. I missed the flow of the game, there were lots of puzzles that could be solved independently, but there was practically no interconnection and the feeling of progress was limited. There were elements related with the topic in the room, but also some, which had not much to do with it, the same applies to some of the puzzles. To discuss the more postive aspects, there was a large variety of puzzles, and I liked that in this big amount everything was clear, namely which puzzle solved what, in some rooms this is not that clear. The puzzles were as such not that difficult, and many as I said before should be known to an experienced escaper. I think the room is good for gaining some experience into puzzles, eventually for getting an idea of what an escape room is about. There is certainly room for improvement.

Fantastic experience

While I have been doing several Escape Rooms in Amsterdam, this was the first official excursion with the team. I am happy I chose this room, as it was a fantastic experience. In terms of service, this is probably one of the best I have encountered so far, a really nice lounge, the detail of the pictures covered with the groups that played is great, also the wall of fame, with the best times and 0 hints (which we were faaaaar away from reaching). Also the fact that we received a printed version of the pictures goes beyond the average. Friendly staff, before and after the games, including recommendations of other escape rooms. Above 10! We encountered a room, which was realistically decorated (except for a couple of anachronisms, for the really obsessed with details), and there was some nice use of effects. The puzzles were really nice, I have found several concepts I encountered for the first time (this was my game number 16). It was also nice that in spite of being 6 the room kept us really busy. Perhaps the (very little) downside is a relatively large number of locks (topic of discussion in the forum), but not because of the locks as such, they did not alter the great time I had, but when you have several locks of the same type and no indication which solution corresponds to which lock, there is some try out involved that could be avoided. Other than that there was an issue with a puzzle, that was elegantly solved. While I mention some details, it has to be said that all of them are minor compared to the overall experience. I can only recommend and I hope to be able to try out the other room soon!

First mobile escape room! Niceeeeee!

This was my 15th experience and it was both the first time I play a mobile Escape Room and the first time I did not manage to get out in time (just a couple of minutes missing) even though I cannot reveal the reason both because of the spoilers and the shame, haha). It is difficult to write a review, because a comparison with a fixed escape room is not fair, giving the constraints involved in such a mobile room. In terms of service, everything was fine, a friendly reception, and a nice talk after the game explaining the concept of the game and some background related to this. There was only one thing with an audio, that was only in Dutch, I do not know if that was a mistake or if it is only in Dutch, which is a pity given that the whole game is in both languages. I liked the puzzles a lot, as they were related to the story. Even when some were not particularly difficult, one has to bear in mind that the time available is only 45 minutes. The weakest point, which is kind of obvious is the atmosphere. Given that it is mobile, it is very difficult to creat an espace, which makes you feel in a particular place. People that look for an immersive experience in the sense of room decoration and mulltiple/larger rooms will not find it here. In my case I was so focussed on the puzzles anyway that it did not matter. On the other hand the objects in the room are authentic archeological funds, which is very original. Given the size of the room, I would definitely advise against going in with 6 or 7 people, that is too much, more so for an experienced group, 5 is the very maximum I find advisable, and probably 4 is even better. So, all in all it is a recommendable experience, more so if you want to visit the museum housing the escape room.

A nice room with some with improvement potential

After playing Water Flood some time ago, I wanted to know the other rooms, which are supposedly more difficult. Similar to the other room I found it both challenging and fun. Also this time there were some interesting puzzles and original elements. Also here the focus is on the puzzles. While most of the puzzles or part of them were quite logic, there were some where there was no clear logic. And the resolution of them involved rather speculative guessing than logical skills. I prefer puzzles where the solution is clear, unique and there is the aha moment, when you know that is the only possible solution. Unluckily that was missing in some of the puzzles. The relationship between puzzles and the argument of the room is lacking also in many of the puzzles. The atmosphere is relatively simple, but there are quite some nice effects, which make the experience really enjoyable. The game master was really nice and friendly. An introduction about escape rooms (a little bit too long for the experienced players, but we had lot of first timers) and a funny way of telling the story was a good start. It was also appreciated the discussion afterwards about what went well and not so well in the room. I liked it much more than last time. An improvement point, would be for instance, as many escape rooms do, to have the possibility of dwelling in the lobby and have a drink. While it is understandable that this takes extra time I believe it seriously improves the experience if you can chill out in the location and are not expected to leave immediatly (of course not if there is another group coming directly afterwards). Also here care should be taken with the maximum group size, we were 5 with 2 first timers and one second timer and that was more than fine. More than 5 is definitely not recomended.

Lots of fun!!!

I live in Rijswijk, so I have been always wanted to play the rooms in this venue, and finally I managed to play this first room (my number 13). To start with, the guys there were really fiendly, I had a really nice exchange with one of them. The room was nicely done and matching the theme. There were some nice surprise element and it is nice how the room progress and puzzles match the story. For us it ended up beeing really challenging, not so much due to the puzzles but more due to search issues. The puzzles were fun and they involved some elements I had not encountered so far in other rooms. There were also some nice collaborative elements, which I always find great. We had great fun and we will be back for more (the next one is already booked ;-) )

Top experience!

This was my number 12 and probably the more rooms you play, the more you look into details. I thought very hard any reason not to give a 10, and well I could not find any. To start with, the service was great, a comfortable but simple kept reception area and very welcoming owners. This is a huge difference with other, let's say more commercial escape rooms. When the owners and designers are also your hosts, that have put a big effort into it and a lot of love, it really shows. The exchange both before and after the game is great, and the fact that they take time for it makes also the experience very enjoyable. The atmosphere is very well-achieved, from the beginning till the end, supported by the proper amount of effects, and with an interestimg story. The puzzles are nicely integrated into the rooms. I encountered many things for the first time, this is always refreshing and challenging at the same time, especially after you have played some escape rooms. They had the right amount of a variety of different elements, all contributing to a memorable experience. Definitely belongs to the top of the region.

Great service! Nice rooms!

This venue offers a great service, as I do not want to repeat the same, see my review of the other room: Infiltrate. I remembered now an additional nice point about both rooms, namely the intro videos. I found them really nicely done. In terms of puzzles this room was slightly better than Infiltrate and the atmoshpere was similar in the sense that even when it was kept simple it was credible in view of the theme. Perhaps there were too many linear moments, where everyone was on the same puzzle. In general terms other comments I have made for Infiltrate apply to this room. I enjoyed it and I will be back for more!

Great service! Nice rooms!

While perhaps for many it is not the most important thing, this venue offers a great service, they have a very large area with a bar, where you can have something to drink and snacks. I want to highlight this, because this was my escape room number 10 and most of the other places I have been do not provide such a service or even have a quite poor reception area. This venue is quite good also for large groups (many rooms and all can be played as competition). The service was also great before, during and after the game, including e-mail exchange. The room itself was nice, for me there was one element which was the first time, which I found interesting, and in general there were some interesting puzzles. The decoration as such was perhaps a little bit minimalistic, but it matched the theme. A more classical type of escape room (lock based) but given that it is prison related it is ok. We were 4 with two guys having their first time. I think it is indeed a very good room for experiencing an escape room for the first time. Even though some of the things described can indeed be seen as weak points- Other weak points were that sometimes the relationship puzzle lock was not very clear and some red herrings, which in one particular puzzle I found a little bit excessive. On the other hand even being the most experienced of the group I enjoyed it a lot, which speaks good about the room. I think a team of really experienced escapers would be challenged perhaps to break the record, and not that much by the room itself. All in all an enjoyable experience and I will surely try out the rooms I have not played yet.

Much better than expected, looking forward to the other rooms!

Among the many escape rooms in Amsterdam, I came across Save Amsterdam in Internet several times. There were only two reviews before me about this room of the venue, and based on the numbers my expectations were not that high. Nevertheless I was happily surprised, as I found a challenging and fun room, which I enjoyed a lot. After having played some rooms, there are some elements, which you know how to use, but if it is the first time you encounter them, they add value to the whole experience. On top of that, there were some really original elements, which I found cleverly done. If you do not enjoy searching, this is a room for you, as the focus is clearly on the puzzles. It was also nice that teamwork was needed. Unluckily, there were some minor issues, for instance one element that should be removed of the room, as it serves no purpose, and at least one puzzle with a guessing component, which should be improved. All in all I found the puzzles really good. I think there was some effort made in order to incorporate in the rooms a lot of elements related with the theme, but contrary to other rooms, the story (other than the objective) does not play a role and despite the use of a lot of thematic related elements, it does not creat the atmosphere of being in a pumping station. While this might be important for many, and I personally enjoy it as well, in this room we were so busy with the puzzles and constantly challenged, that it did not negatively influence my experience. While the personnel was friendly and the hint giving system and timing of the hints was good, there were some minor issues with the service, which I would like to point out. When we finished the room, as we were the last, we came to the lobby upstairs and found the light off, later while we were opening the lockers a guy turned it on again. Even when I understand that the people working want to go home after a long day, this is a service point it should definitely be improved. I have played other rooms, where in spite of being the last group the owners stayed a while talking with us as we discussed the game afterwards. I do not expect that, but at least not to get the sensation, you are done, get out of here quickly. Also the whole reception area would benefit from some decoration or similar, although in other places with great rooms quite regularly the reception is not a very strong point. On a more positive note, both by email and phone were really helpful and provided quick answers. All in all, I recommend this room, I enjoyed it a lot, and the issues I mentioned in this review are rather minor compared to the fun I had. I will surely try the other rooms, which are supposed to be more challenging. A final note concerning the number of players. Apparently it can be played with 10 (!) players, but their own website mentions that 6 is recommended. In my experience with a group of unknown people, all with escape room experience 4-5 is a good number for this room.

A really nice experience from the beginning till the end

I will start with one aspect, which was something that made this room stand out from the other I have played so far (this is number 8). In general I had really good experiences with the service, but normally it is not related to the game. Here every detail is connected to the game, from the confirmation e-mails, to the reception room, the way to the room, and many more details I won't reveal here. All greatly done by the host Coby, making also the whole part before entering the room part of the experience. Ah and there is a bonus at the end, which I think it is a great detail, that I won´'t reveal either. I liked the hint giving system as well, the only critic I have, and also one of the team expressed the same is that we got some hints we probably would not have needed (we escaped anyway well ahead of time), I think that should be improved, I guess we would have figured out most of the things we got hints for by ourselves, specially considering the amount of time we had left. Nevertheless it is indeed a nice and original presentation of the hints. The room itself is nicely decorated but other than the room itself, a big percentage of my positive opinion concerning the atmosphere is related to the whole details mentioned before. In many rooms the lobby is quite a neutral enviroment, this is clearly not the case here. I enjoyed also the puzzles, some of them were in my view really original and well achieved. I think that for more experienced players playing with less people is better. We were a nice mixed group of first timers and some with a little bit more experienced.

Nice room with some improvement points

This is my number 7 and after having played an asolutely fantastic escape room the week before, it is always harder the judgment in comparison, so I'll try to keep as objective as possible. The service was very good and friendly, both before, during and after the game. Nice integration of the hint giving system. The reception area could be improved, but they are investing the energy in building a second room (Yeah!). The atmosphere of the room is very well-achieved. For those who give a lot of importance to the story, there a couple of things both in the gameplay and concerning the story that are perhaps not that coherent or clear. Nevertheless, the set up of the room and the puzzles match very well with each other. Concerning the puzzles, I believe there were too many linear moments, that is that the whole group was occupied with the same thing, and where there was a clear sucession of puzzles, without any surprise or unexpected turn. I found there were too many things not contributing to the puzzles (from what I have learned, the so called red herrings), to the extent that sometimes the dfficulty was discerning what was important from what is not. Some puzzles not connected to each other generated some confusion. I liked that the puzzles were related to the story and there were some really nice conceived ones. In our case we managed to escape well ahead time (little bit less than an hour) with two hints (playtime is 90 minutes). My advice is that you are an experienced group, do not play it with that many people (better 3-4), because of the linearity of the puzzles, for unexperienced players it should not change much the experience.

Absolutely amazing!

We played Down the Hatch and we knew right away that this was going to be great room. Well...it was even better than that, if Down The Hatch was a 10, this room has to be a 10+. As in the other game, the service was great, before, during and after the game. Like in the other room great integration of hint giving system in the room. The atmosphere was amazing!!! From the beginning till the end an unbelievable experience. Great use of technology. The puzzles were great, again a healthy combination of all what makes an escape room good. One of our team members said immediatly after getting out "I want to play it again". I think that sums it up pretty well. Definitely a must do! Looking forward to playing the new room!!!

What a great experience!!!!!

To start with you have 80 minutes for this room (lucky for us!). If all the rooms were as good as this, I wish they would all last 80 minutes! You do not feel the difference due to the longer time, more time, more fun! The service was perfect, friendly reception and nice discussion after the game in a comfortably large reception. The hint giving system was nicely integrated into the room and was used always at the right moments (would never have made it out in time without it). The room atmosphere matched the theme, and for the fans of "Lost" this room is a must. The room was great, because it had a bit of everything in a well-balanced way, locks, technology, searching, cooperative work. I enjoyed the puzzles a lot.

Challenging and refreshing

This was my fourth escape room. For me it was a really nice experience because contrary to the games played so far, there were practically no classic locks/combination locks, and therefore it was refreshing to see a variety of other mechanisms. Also it was refreshing that some other skills were needed (sorry, I cannot explain further without spoliing). As a consequence of this I liked the puzzles, it is possible that the one or the other had a small logical gap, but in general they were fine. It was quite challenging, as a matter of fact we managed to escape with some luck, apparently the escape rate is quite low in this room, it is definitely the most challenging one of this venue. Perhaps the weakest points were the setting of the room and the storyline, but in general the ambiance was ok and credible. The location of the venue in a basement matches the theme of the room, and as a matter of fact, all the way leading to the room already gives you that feeling. Perhaps the reception could be improved a little bit, on the other hand being located below a restaurant/bar gives you the possibility of gathering both before and after the game very comfortably. The personnel was friendly, and it is nice that they give you one printed copy of the picture.

Great!

I enjoyed the room a lot. The reception is a nice little room, where there are board games, free coffee and tea. The service was friendly, a nice introduction about the game and the objective, and also the opportunity of discussing the game afterwards with the guy who is the owner and also designed the room. I found the puzzles really well achieved, for a group consisting of newbies it was challenging enough. There were only two minor issues, but it did not affect the whole experience. The ambiance was great with good accompanying music and monitor based hinting. I liked that the intervention in hinting was reduced to a minimum, Of the theree I have played so far, it was the best.

Nice room, but...

First of all, I had a really good time in this game. It was my second experience and it was enough for making me addicted to escaping, but there were a lot of issues. The first one is that the reception is not very confortable, there is not much space, and the floor is shared with a gym, so people are passing by, for instance when you are about to enter the room. The place where to sit is anything but cosy, in general with the exception of a single wall, no major investment was made into the "lounge", to call it somehow. The service was on the other hand friendly. There were a couple of things I did not like at all, the first one, that he said the door was actually open, the second one that the guy entered the room with the group and gave some explanations there, that ruins a little bit the inmersion. But the worst part was later, there was a problem with a puzzle, which to a big extent was due to my teammates, but I guess they should clarify or design the thing so that it does not happen. In any case it lead us to us getting stuck, and as the hints via walkie talkie did not seem to work. A guy entered the room to help out with the puzzle. I think that should never happen in an escape room. Other issue was that we were in the last puzzle about to open the door and the guy came in from the other side, so perhaps we overdid a couple of minutes, but that was not clear, there was only one clock in one of the rooms, so there was no way to control the remaining time and there was no signal or whatever when the time ran up. The room was good, I think the atmosphere was fine, and it was only spoiled by the situation mentioned above. This is supposed to be (based on the webpage) the hardest room of the venue. I think it was challenging enough, there were some nice puzzles, but there were a couple of issues, the one I mentioned above, but also a minor one, which I cannot describe to avoid spoilers, There is definitely room for improvement but the experience was enjoyable nevertheless.

The first of hopefully many great experiences

This was my first escape room! As I have not played that many yet it is difficult to compare and give absolute numbers. We went with a group of work colleagues and the reception was very good, the place was also nicely arranged, very spacious.
The atmops´here in the room was well achieved I think matching the theme very well. The puzzles were fine, I do not remember now any puzzle particularly clever or difficult. We got stuck once, and the hint giving system worked well. I think for experienced escapers probably not that difficult, considering that we were a group of people without any experience and we managed to escape well ahead of time.
All in all it was a great first experience!