VR experience at Mobile World Centre: A Mobile Story [Review]

logo (5)Location: Mobile World Centre, Plaça Catalunya, BarcelonaSpain

Date completed:  April 2017 (3 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 3; Difficulty: 2; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: Variable (motion sickness)

Requirements:

  • English, Spanish (Castillian) or Catalan
  • Solo experience
  • 10-minute Virtual reality room
  • It’s free!

IMG_1243In our recent trip to Spain, my sharp-eyed cousin suddenly tapped me on the shoulder, gestured towards a commercial building in Plaça Catalunya, and said, ‘a free escape room!’ Free? How often does that happen? In one of the busiest places of Barcelona no less!

‘What? Where?’ I replied. And there it was. Written on this scrolling ticker of a building, known as Mobile World Centre, was a message in English indicating that there was a free virtual reality (VR) escape room experience. How could we pass this up?

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Lock-Clock: Gaudi’s Secret [Review]

lock-clockLocation: Lock-Clock, Gothic Quarter, BarcelonaSpain

Date completed:  April 2017 (5 players). Succeeded escaping!

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

Requirements:

  • No language required; hints in English or Spanish (Castillian)
  • 2-5 players

It’s 1936, the Spanish Civil War is raging and Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia basilica, then under construction (as it still is now), is attacked by Anarchist militias! They set the workshop of the genius Antoni Gaudi on fire, and you have one hour to recover his architectural plans for the Sagrada Familia from complete destruction.

A number of escape room venues in Spain tap into the rich local history to provide inspirations for their rooms. In Gaudi’s Secret, Lock-Clock draws upon events which marked the development and continue to affect the construction of Barcelona’s landmark attraction. If you have visited the city before, you will be familiar with many items in this recreated workshop.

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Barcelocked [Review]

Logo_Definitivo_Sombra_120x120Location: Barcelocked, El Born, BarcelonaSpain

Date completed:  April 2017 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 9; Difficulty: 8; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • No language required; hints in English, Spanish (Castillian) or Catalan
  • 2-7 players
  • One player not colourblind
  • Full mobility

To start this escape room review with an understatement, the Spanish Civil War was a very confusing time. Fascists versus communists, versus other communists, versus anarchists, versus other factions…. I’ll leave the history lesson to the Wikipedia link and just cover off by saying that this bitter conflict, which affected the course of history in the lead up to World War 2, continues to be a contentious topic in Spain now.

In Barcelocked, two major influences on Barcelona in the early 20th century were combined into a single plot – the Spanish Civil War and Antoni Gaudí, the brilliant architect behind the Sagrada Familia. Your team finds out that George Orwell (yeah, that Orwell. 1984, Animal Farm…) stole the plans for Sagrada Familia to impede its construction. Players have one hour to find the plans inside Orwell’s office and save the pride and joy of Barcelona. But what does George Orwell have to do with Barcelona? A fair bit, and turns out he wasn’t a fan of the famous basilica…

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X-Door Valencia: Colours [Review]

Location: X-Door, Ciutat Vella, Valencia, Spainjuego-ocio-valencia1

Date completed: May 2015 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 9; Difficulty: 8.5; Atmosphere: 6; Fun: 8.5.

Requirements:

  • No language skills required
  • 2-5 players

 

You know how most escape rooms are dark and mysterious, right? Well, forget it. Colours is probably – and pardon my lack of originality – the most colourful room you’ll see around. Everything is bright, cute and colourful, there are props everywhere and at some point that amount of information adds to the challenge, because you are completely overloaded with – again – colours.

As with X-Door Valencia’s White and Black, Colours does not require any language skills.  All puzzles were cleverly done in a way that no reading or writing was necessary. We thought it was very nice, as it allows you to do a escape room even if you do not speak the local language.

I (Pá) am a big fan of happy colourful stuff (i.e. Little Pony, anime, unicorns) and loved to play a room that had a happy feel and some ‘childish’ touches, such as toys and posters. But the puzzles, oh dear, those were a big challenge even for four grown ups.

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X-Door Valencia: White & Black [Review]

Location: X-Door, Ciutat Vella, Valencia, Spainjuego-ocio-valencia1

Date completed: May 2015 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 9; Difficulty: 8.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 9.

Requirements:

  • No language skills required
  • 2-6 players

We joke that our first puzzle in X-Door Valencia was to find the venue. It is located in a large street of the Old City of Valencia where the numbers of each side of the road do not match. Do not be fooled by that and do not arrive late for this great room!

We booked White &Black with X-Door first as it was listed as their ‘easier’ room. Before starting, we asked in which languages the game could be played, as once more we were playing with my parents (who speak Portuguese) and Trapspringer (who speaks English). The staff smiled at us and said “I can speak to you in Spanish or English, but for the game you don’t need any language skills”. He was telling the truth: this game does not require a word of anything.  All puzzles are cleverly done in a way that no reading or writing is necessary.

This not mean it was easy at all.

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Clue Hunter Valencia: Murder in the Train [Review]

IMG_5450_2Location: Clue Hunter, Valencia (city centre), Spain

Date completed: May 2015 (4 players). Failed escaping… sort of!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 9; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Game can be set to either English, Spanish or Italian. Once set, there is a lot of reading throughout the game.
  • 3-5 players.

Murder in the Train  places players in a similar situation of a famous novel in which a murder happens in a certain famous train and you must solve it before it reaches the next stop, in one hour.

This room requires players to not only solve puzzles for the sake of getting more clues and opening up new areas, it also requires them solve an actual crime. Where? When? Who? How? Why? There are some very unique elements to this game and it is a good challenge for full teams.

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Clue Hunter Valencia: Caught in the Basement [Review]

IMG_5450_2Location: Clue Hunter, Valencia (city centre), Spain

Date completed: May 2015 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Briefing can be given in English, Spanish or Italian. No language skills required during the game.
  • 3-5 players.
  • Not recommended for kids under 14 (minors accompanied by adults).

Being Caught in the Basement of a serial killer with only one hour to get out, before he comes back. That is the simple (but effective) premise of this escape room from Clue Hunter. Think of it as a lighter version of escaping a dungeon from Saw.

What is that in the fridge?!

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