The second and last room we found in Tokyo that actually offered an English-Speaking experience was Real Escape Game in Asakusa. They also offered something we have never done before – a public game. At first we were confused and unsure about being paired up with strangers, but find out in the Review how everything turned out and if we escaped the Red Room in time.
Real Escape Game
Location: 1 Chome-17-2 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 130-0001
Games: The Red Room (The Haunted Manor)
Group: 4 People
The website of Real Escape Game is a little bit confusing – it goes even that far than even now, we are not even sure what the companies real name is. Is it SCRAP? Is it Real Escape Game? Real Escape Room Asakusa? Well, whatever it is, it was located fairly closely to the Tokyo Skytree as well as Escape Hunt Tokyo (check out our Bears Escape Review here), which is also located in Asakusa. Back to the confusing website – since we did not really find out how their room system worked online, we decided to check out the location itself. Turns out that in the Asakusa Location, they offer two rooms: The Red Room and The Haunted Manor – both of it as public rooms. We were confused about that concept since all of the rooms we have done before were all private rooms.
What is what, you may ask? Private Room means that you can book an entire room for yourself and your friends – a public room offers a certain amount of slots per room, which may be filled according to the bookings. That means that you can (and probably will be) paired up with other people for the same room. They offer different times for English and Japanese games.
The Red Room
You find yourself locked in a room. There are no puzzles or codes around you – only red walls, mysterious props and two locked doors. You must rely on your own abilities to open these doors and escape.
We got paired up with two super nice japanese guys who also were really excited about the room. We were a little bit sceptical about the language barrier – but we got along pretty good with english. The room itself works because of all the surprising elements, which we will not spoil. Of course it is not just a room with four red walls. After you enter, you see two doors with locks – and that sets the starting stage for the game.
Another first for us was the game master, who actually came into the room with us. At first it was weird, but since there is no story involved, it also did not distract from the game or break some kind of immersion. The game master was quiet and helpful when needed, but never a distraction. After finding out more about the room, it actually became quite obvious why she was in the room with us.
Also another first was the “buy more time” option they have. The normal time for the room is 30 minutes – if you have not escaped in that time, the game master stops the game. She asks every group member if he/she wants to continue another 10 minutes. It is up to everyone if he wants to continue or leave and you may also continue if other people choose to leave. We needed the extra time, so we bought the extra 10 minutes. It was ok for everyone involved and we got the chance to actually escape the Red Room of Real Escape Game in Tokyo.
We had a couple of firsts in this room. First of all, the website made it hard for us to actually make a reservation. If you have never played a public escape room, which is more common in the USA than in Europe, don’t be afraid to give it a try. We were also sceptical in the beginning, but after the introduction we got into a real good group dynamic and we had a great time.
The room itself had really cool puzzles and mechanics that made it a unique experience for us. We have never played a room like this before or after – so that is a pretty big thing.
We thought about the time-buying option and agreed later on that we did not like it. Sure, if you actually manage the game in under 30 minutes you safe money, but we would prefer a “money back if you do it in that time” instead of having to stop the game and have a discussion in the whole group about it. It takes the energy out of the group and (i guess) most teams need that extra time anyway.
The puzzles and game designs were really cool and unique – the only (really small) critique we have is about the “do not touch” stickers: we thought elements with those stickers are not part of the game in general – but they just mean that you should not touch the objects, which was a little bit confusing. The rest of the game was pretty clear and since the game master was in the room, she saw that we ignored the object in question for a very long time and she told us to take a better look on it. No harm no foul.
All in all we had a really cool time in Real Escape Game in Asakusa.
Where can I find them?
Have you ever played this escape game or one of their other rooms? Or can you recommend any other location for us to try? Please let us know in the comment section.