For the next Escape Room we visited in Berlin, we took up the invite from the owner of “The Room”. His rooms are among – if not the – best rated games in Berlin, so we were very curious. Could The Room hold its high promise, or did it crash and burn under our high expectations? Lets start our Bears’ Escape Review of The Room in Berlin.
Location: Ruschestraße 64-66 / 10365 Berlin – Lichtenberg, Germany
Games (reviewed): The Beast Of Berlin, The Lost Treasure
Games (not reviewed): Escape from East Berlin
Group: 2 People
We have heard about the company “The Room” in Berlin before – not only did the owner contact us and invite us to try out his rooms, but we also read other Reviews on Escape Room Blogs like Escape-Maniac (a german speaking blog), were all three of the rooms are rated among the best rooms in Germany. So of course we needed to go there. And our expectations were high. The location is a little bit outside of Berlin, but you can take the a tram or a bus to go there. It is not one of the locations you have to search for once you arrive at the address – the entry door is clearly marked with a sign you can not miss. Once we arrived (like 13 minutes before our scheduled game), we were immediately asked why we are late. To be honest – we were confused about that. Sure, almost every Escape Room asks you to arrive 15 to 10 minutes early – but never have we had a situation were those 15 minutes were taken so seriously. Which is fine – it is important to arrive on time so you do not mess with their schedule. So – consider those 15 minutes when you plan your trip to The Room.
We got the basic information about the company from a really friendly host and had the pleasure to meet up with the owner of the Room, who took some time to brief us on the room and talk a little bit about our blog as well as the importance of credible Escape Room Reviews. The talk was nice – but it also made us very nervous about being able to finish the first room as a team of just two players.
The Beast of Berlin
The Beast of Berlin starts with a classic Escape Room scenario. Solve the crime and find out, what happened to the murder victim. It is certainly not the first time we have played this mix of Sherlock Holmes and Crime Noir storyline – but we really do not mind, if the puzzles and the room hold their own. And they certainly do in The Beast of Berlin. It is not their newest room, but we were told in the beginning that they continuously work on improving their rooms. I was really impressed by the way they give you the clues in this room, as the tool for it was really well placed and did not destroy the immersion into the 1920 theme of the room.
The room(s) hold a lot of puzzles – Alex and me had our work cut out for us. The room design is very well done – the Office room feels compelling and sets the mood, whatever comes next (which we will not spoil of course) looks even better and sets the mood perfectly for the story. We have done Escape Room Crime Stories before, but we can promise you, you will not “just” read on a sheet of paper what happened to the latest victim.
With a team of 2 experienced players, we escaped the room just in time. The ideal number is 3 to 5 – it can become a little bit crowded later on with 6 players though. The room tends get more scary the more you move through the game – it is not a haunted room though (which is an important distinction – meaning, there is not actor inside)
The Lost Treasure
.. and that team was the two of us (of course). We actually got the room briefing by the owner of The Room. He told the story so convincingly that we thought he was talking about real events that inspired his room until we realised we were in the middle of the intro. The poster as well as the summary suggest a slight Indiana Jones connection – and sure, you would not be wrong. Your goal is to explore the new-found area and find the treasure – or is it something else? You will find out while playing the room.
We were very impressed by the room from the moment the game started: you do not enter The Lost Treasure through a traditional door, which was such a cool idea. The start of the game is so well done – although if you think about it, you kind of ask yourself, why other escape rooms do not go the extra mile to give you a more fitting starting point. It should not be that hard, right?
Well, once we were actually IN the room, we found ourselves in a round-shaped room which looked like it was straight out of a Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones Movie. We needed a minute to actually figure out our next move – but once we realised that the game guides you very well trough the various stages, we started to go to work. And wow – we had a LOT of stuff to do.
The puzzles fit the theme very well and were very diverse. You will need to work with sound, graphics, you will have to use math (but not in an annoying way, believe me) and you will have to move and crawl – a lot. One thing we noticed while we hurried though the room was – it tends to get tight. They actually give you a warning on their website, but if you can not handle dark or tight places, you will sadly have to sit this one out. It is an excavation site in the end – so it is totally fitting to the theme. The owner also told us that big(ger) as well as older people have mastered the room before us, so this should not be a problem either (although you should still make sure you have some agile people with you when you do it – not everybody needs to hustle through the rooms, but some do)
I could continue writing more and more about the Lost Treasure as it is clearly and by far the best escape room we have done. There is not even a close comparison. Don’t get me wrong – The Beast of Berlin is also very good. But The Lost Treasure definitely sets a new high for us. It is a pretty linear game, but the way you go though the puzzle is so engaging that you feel like you went through a roller coaster afterwards. Both of us were out of breath and dirty and could not stop smiling. Of course, it also helped that we escaped in time – which we did by pure luck because we even missed an inside game clue for a symbol we were looking for and just tried to find the solution without it – and thank god it worked.
The host tells you in the briefing before the start to never leave the main room without a walkie-talkie – that is a very useful tip and you should take it by heart. We actually managed to screw this one up – which lead to a frustrating moment where we requested (and got) help from our great gamemaster.
The puzzles all make sense but are not easy, the gameflow is absolutely amazing and works so well. We are aware that logic does not always work the same for everybody – but we rarely felt lost in both of their rooms. If you only have a chance to play one room when you are in Berlin – go for The Lost Treasure. It is an absolute must-do – not just for Escape-Room Fans but for everyone. So do it – and tell us what you think about their rooms.
The staff was nice and helpful, which was (a little bit) surprising since most of them had their first day. The gamemasters watch your game very closely and once you get a clue or ask for a clue, the help is on point and makes sure you can move ahead. The only point where we could deduct a point it the location itself – it is a little bit outside of the city and we even had some problems with the tram as it was fairly late once we finsished and they just stopped driving. Never the less – it is not that far outside (approx. 30 minutes with the tram/subway/bus from Alexander Platz), so we will let this one slide – because the game is just so good that it absolutely deserves our highest rating (for now).
Go do this one – it is amazing.
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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.