Mystery Escape Game Porto: Esconderijo de Escobar [Review]

LOGO_MIXED-mysteryescapegameportoLocation: Mystery Escape Game, Rua do Carmo, Porto, Portugal 

Date completed:  April 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 7.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • Basic English or Portuguese
  • At least one person with full mobility
  • 2-6 players
  • Acute senses

We never expected that a game emulating a break-in into one of Pablo Escobar‘s stash houses would be simple. For almost 20 years, the narco-terrorist evaded the Colombian police and international authorities, until he was  cornered by the Search Bloc and killed in a shootout just after his 44th birthday. Esconderijo de Escobar (‘Escobar’s Hideout’, in Portuguese) hosted a truckload of layered puzzled which we needed to solve in 60 minutes if we were to have any hope of gathering incriminating evidence against this historic villain.

The stash house looked like a normal apartment, at least initially. But hidden places and objects were all around us – time to think like Peña and Murphy (from the Netflix series Narcos) and find out where the ‘products’ were!

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Mystery Escape Game Porto: O Orfanato [Review]

LOGO_MIXED-mysteryescapegameportoLocation: Mystery Escape Game, Rua do Carmo, Porto, Portugal 

Date completed:  April 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 7.5; Difficulty: 6.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8

Requirements:

  • Basic English or Portuguese
  • 2-6 players
  • Acute senses

Being such an ancient city (some ruins date from 300 BC), Porto has plenty of mysterious and haunted places. In this game, you are hired to enter one of these locations – an old orphanage – and find out why kids are disappearing from there. You are contacted by the manager, Rose, who suspects paranormal activities to be the cause of all this.

While missing children and abandoned toys have a great potential to generate scary escape rooms, O Orfanato (‘The Orphanage‘ in Portuguese) is well lit and caters to most types of players, with just some eerie elements here and there. The challenge is to go through the large amount of puzzles that separate you from the truth about the fate of the children within 60 minutes.

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Porto Exit Games: Lost Memories [Review]

exit_whiteLocation: Porto Exit Games, near the Old City, Porto, Portugal 

Date completed:  April 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 8; Atmosphere: 6; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • 2-5 players
  • Acute senses
  • Full mobility

The year is 2147. In the (hopefully) fictional scenario created by Exit Games, any physical contact between humans is prohibited and life is more virtual than real. Leisure, tourism and cultural activities are also prohibited. But there is no online relief either: the internet is controlled by the governments and all information dating before 2028 is unknown by present generations.

You and your friends are trying to find out about secret organizations that still maintain ancient knowledge from times when people could enjoy themselves – and maybe join them. One of their hubs is said to be located in the city of Porto. Can you enter their hideout and not have your brain fried by all the colourful, blinking information about the past?

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Porto Exit Games: Port Wine Sabotage [Review]

exit_whiteLocation: Porto Exit Games, near the Old City, Porto, Portugal 

Date completed:  April 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 6.5; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8

Requirements:

  • Basic English or Portuguese
  • 2-8 players
  • Acute senses

How can we talk about the city of Porto without mentioning Port wine (‘vinho do Porto’)? Although produced and exported for longer than history remembers, Port wines started being labeled like that in the 1700s, in recognition and protection of Porto, and the Douro River region, as one of the main exporters of wine in the world at the time. We had the pleasure to try some of the local products, and they were simply fabulous.

It’s no wonder a escape venue would devise a plot involving the city’s most famous export. In Port Wine Sabotage, at Exit Games, the Douro River region was affected by a plague of insects and one fourth of all the wine stock was lost. There is a risk that all the production of the wineries will be damaged, ruining the lives of thousands of people. Your team plays private investigators entering the office of a suspect winery investor who may be linked to the disaster, and you have one hour to find out evidence against him.

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Escape Challenge Porto: The Journalist [Review]

escchallenge-logo_pequenoLocation: Escape Challenge Porto, Lapa, Porto, Portugal 

Date completed:  April 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 5.5; Difficulty: 5; Atmosphere: 5.5; Fun: 7

Requirements:

  • Basic English or Portuguese
  • 2-6 players
  • Acute senses

In a time when we have to be alert for fake news, Escape Challenge created a plot in which a freelancer journalist loses his credibility when his invented texts are uncovered. Desperate, José Silva snaps and starts kidnapping groups of people and so that he could write real news about their disappearances. You and your friends were some of the unlucky victims of this lunatic and must try to escape as quickly as possible. You suspect that “kidnapping” may not be enough to sell a story to newspapers and José is willing to try something more horrendous.

The Journalist was the first escape game built in Porto city. Although it might not be considered innovative these days, it is still a properly done game, and a good way to introduce new players to escape rooms. Escape Challenge Porto has also been run by the very enthusiastic designer and gamemaster Carlos.

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