ESCAPE ZONE Berlin, Berlin City

The „Emergency Room“In the „Emergency Room“ a dangerously ill patient depends on you. It is your responsibility to study his chart and find the right remedy before the time runs out. Can you be a life-saver?

The “Dictator-Room“

You will be dealing with the greatest dictator ever known to men. The End of his rule is close. He managed to build a bomb and hide it in his study. Your job is to enter the study, deactivate the bomb and leave the room within 60 minutes. Can you handle the pressure?

http://www.escape-zone.de

REVIEW:

There are two rooms available at Escape Zone:

“The Emergency Room” and “The Dictator”. If you are an “Escape Room virgin” – then “The Emergency Room” is the best way to start as it is the most conventional in terms of puzzles. “The Emergency Room” requires you to find an antidote in order to escape. There are a variety of puzzles, and requires a lot of “searching” to solve. That is not to say there aren’t clever ideas – Escape Zone extends the box that you need to think outside of!! This is especially true in “The Dictator” which is the most complex of any room we have done so far with puzzles that are outstanding – including diffusing a bomb in situ!! 

“The Dictator” is much more exciting in terms of its décor and the complexity of some of the puzzles was “Mensa” clever, not just lateral. While you don’t necessarily need prior knowledge, it really doesn’t hurt in this room in order to save you some time – after you’ve worked out what you need to do!!

The only thing that would have improved “The Dictator” would be the hints being given via the video feed. I am not personally keen on any “human interaction” by the gamesmaster, and the manner in which the hints were offered would not have been out of place via video.

If you only have time to do one game in Berlin, are in a team of two or more, and have played previously – then The Dictator is the one to do.

The venue is easy to find, and the gamesmasters are excellent and they take the time to do a bit of a debrief too. There is a waiting area and toilet, and you can also purchase refreshments (chocolate bars and drinks).

The Emergency Room

Décor ★★★☆☆

Storyline ★★★☆☆

Puzzles ★★★☆☆

Overall ★★★☆☆

 

THE DICTATOR

Décor ★★★★★

Storyline ★★★★☆

Puzzles ★★★★★

Overall ★★★★★

  

 

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MISSION ACCEPTED – DE, Berlin City Centre

She needs your help. The German Secret Service’s headquarters is in danger. But people think the former special agent is crazy for saying so. Only together you can prevent a catastrophe.She investigated, inquired, did her research. She’s absolutely sure, now: Someone is planning to break into the most secret area of the new BND Headquarters. An enemy in the German Secret Service building! She tried over and over again to warn them – nobody wants to listen. Instead, they want to lock her up now! She has five suspects on her list, but who is the target person? The high-ranking agent or the inconspicuous secretary? The clever data analyst? Is the stereotypical gardener the murderer? Or maybe the chef likes to play with fire a little too much?

Search, think, wrack your brains, crack codes and draw conclusions – immerge into the world of profilers and special agents with our escape game. You are right at the center of a thrilling case. Become Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Columbo, MacGyver, Carrie Mathison, Horatio Caine or Mister T. Solve the case like you saw it’s done in Homeland, CSI, Criminal Minds and True Detectives! Are you ready for your Room Escape Berlin Mission?

http://en.mission-accepted.de/

REVIEW:

The minute you walk into the games area, you are within the situation (although there is a waiting room where you can purchase drinks, and a toilet). 

Conceptually this is beautifully presented, making excellent use of the location – opposite the Secret Service building as part of the plot. This also gives the best “photo memoir” of any we have done – a CCTV capture of you playing the game.

Technically too, this uses computers in a way that exceeds other games – you aren’t just having to access a laptop to look at a video or picture here!!

There were very unusual puzzles included in order to find escape combinations, and the game was more cerebral ie. there was a “Whodunnit” type puzzle embedded within the story.

For a “first time” escape room player, this is a very enjoyable game to play as it is largely linear, the puzzles are all different (it’s not just a series of locks), and the story adds an extra element – and, unlike other rooms with an overarching “mystery”, you MUST have the correct solution to escape.  

 
MISSION ACCEPTED
Décor ★★★★☆

Storyline ★★★☆☆

Puzzles ★★★☆☆

Overall ★★★★☆

Cat in the Bag

Cat in the Bag, Berlin City CentreAlpine Ski Lodge

Alpen. Snowstorm. You are lost, it seems hopeless… and suddenly a small warm house in the middle of nowhere appears, but as soon as you get inside you feel that something is wrong here. What’s going on? The doors are closed and the house is alive. Solve all the secrets and find a way out.

24 players, 60 minutes

http://www.catinthebag.de

REVIEW:

There are three games available, “Ski Lodge”, “The Bunker” and “The Prison” – we only had time for “The Prison”, but speaking to the gamesmaster – for a first time player – “Ski Lodge” or “The Bunker” are the way to go.

However, if you’ve played these games before – DO NOT miss out on “The Prison”!!

In a team of two especially, this, for us, was the game to end all games…at least so far!!

This took the concept to a different level. Communication and teamwork really are THE most essential part of the game, the puzzles were excellent (and so fitting within the concept!), and for a team of two who have played previously, you’d be hard pressed to find better – at least at the moment.   The Cat in the Bag is a new “room”, but even speaking with the gamesmasters of other games in the area, they agree, “The Prison” is brilliant.   (It is much MUCH better somehow for a team of 2 though!!!)

THE PRISON:

Décor ★★★★★

Storyline ★★★★★

Puzzles ★★★★☆

Overall ★★★★★ (…for an experienced team of 2 who want something a little unusual, I’d add an extra star!!)

    
 

Guest Review Posts

I am going to be posting a series of reviews from a dear friend who first introduced me to Escape Rooms.  

Audrey Tang holds a PhD in business and her training company CLICK received CPD accreditation for its management programmes in 2015. She is also a fledgling media personality (Resident Expert, Chrissy B Show Sky 203; Radio Host: LifestyleMK 105.5FM) and International conference speaker (on immersive training) with a book on management, aimed at Corporate clients, coming out in March 2016. Since 1994 she has also run a community theatre group producing shows to support and raise awareness of local charities.