This Bears’ Escape Review will mark the first of our Berlin Escape Room Reviews. We travelled to Berlin for a weekend trip and had limited time, so we were going for the best of the best – or the best options that still had open rooms for us. Berlin has A LOT of escape rooms to offer – the first one we tried was the Alpine Hut of Cat in the Bag. Lets start our Review:
Cat in the Bag
Location: Chausseestraße 15, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Games (reviewed): Alpine Hut
Games (not reviewed): Prison, Bunker
Group: 2 People
We had our appointment on Saturday morning, which meant we got up early and had a great breakfast at a great place called “House of Small Wonders“. Afterwords, we walked to the location of Cat in the Bag, since it was located fairly close by. We were welcomed by our super friendly gamemaster, who showed us the way to the waiting area as well as the toilets. As with all the Escape Room companies we visited in Berlin, the location itself, the toilets as well as the waiting area was really clean. After storing our backpacks, we got our introduction to the room which the owner had recommended for us: “Alpine Hut”. Since we live our daily lives in Austria, we had a little laugh about flying to upper Germany to do an Escape Room in the Alps, but hey – it is definitely a fresh idea.
Once we entered the room, the doors locked behind us and our goal was to escape the hut in 60 minutes. But our first thought was: Why? The room is decorated in such a nice and comfy way, that we just wanted to snuggle and get a fire going. The room design is really beautiful and you feel the love for design in every corner.
Never the less, our goal was to escape and so we got working. Like all of the Cat in the Bag rooms, the room is labeled for 2 – 4 people, which is an appropriate number. More could make the room feel very crowded. You can still go there with a bigger group – just prepare to split up in teams to do two separate rooms. Once we finished staring at the nice decor, we started searching. Interestingly, we never really got stuck on any puzzle. There is some search-and-gather work involved, but no task felt over-long or tedious. We struggled a bit with a really really small puzzle – which is totally our fault and I still can not believe how long we worked on that game element.
The room went pretty smoothly for us, we rarely needed any help. Only in the later portion we ran into a problem, because we had to arrange certain elements and we could not figure out the right order. It would be helpful for the players to find a hint for that directly in the game instead of having to ask – but i am sure a lot of people also solve that because it may be a “no brainer” for them. All in all, we had a really good time.
We really enjoyed the time we spent in the Alpine Hut as well as in Cat in the Bag in general. The game was fun and different. Sure, it was not the most elaborate and ambitious game we have ever played. But the room design was really well done and cozy, the puzzles made sense and were consistent and we needed barely any help while moving through the different stages of the room(s).
Like I said in the room description, we only really had one minor problem with an arrangement puzzle. Everything else was really well done – so there is absolutely no issue in the game flow there. Our gamemaster was nice and attentive and gave the right clues and the right time. We also had a chance to talk with the owner and designer of the game and she gave us some really interesting insights.
The room is ideal to play with 2 to 4 people maximum – if you are experts, try to go in teams of 2 and see if you can make it out in time without a clue. Otherwise, also beginners should be able to do the room – just don’t be afraid to ask for help, if you need it. Also – english was no problem at all and we could talk perfectly with our gamemaster as well as the owner.
By the way – they also offer a birthday or proposal Service – so if you want to surprise your partner, check in with them ahead of time for a sweet moment in the escape room.
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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.