Gallaecia Fugit: Reliquias del Apóstol [Review]

logo-header-escape-room-300x228Location: Gallaecia Fugit, Av. de Lugo, Santiago de CompostelaSpain

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

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

Requirements:

  • No language required; briefing/hints in English, Spanish (Castillian) or Galego
  • 2-5 players
  • One player not colourblind
  • Full mobility

The Camino do Santiago, known as the ‘Way of Saint James’ in English, has for centuries been a significant pilgrimage for the Catholic faith. The traditional path (as there are more than one) crosses the entirety of Spain and ends at the huge Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia. The popularity of the Camino has risen again in recent years, in no small part due to the movie The Way starring Martin Sheen. Now, all manner of people of various faiths (or none) from around the world can be found walking the various treks all year round. Back in April, Pá and I completed 187km of the Portuguese route for the Camino. After having some time to digest the journey, we ventured to a Camino-themed escape room. It was the appropriate thing to do.

Located in a city where the legend of Saint James (Santiago, in Spanish) lives in every corner, Gallaecia Fugit did a great job in creating a room based on the local lore. In Reliquias del Apóstol, the archbishop of Santiago was kidnapped by a group that seeks a precious relic from the apostle St. James. The religious man had time to hide it, and your mission is to retrieve the item before it gets lost forever…

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The Paradox Room: La Corporación Pineapple [Review]

Location: The Paradox Room, Area Central shopping centre, Santiago de CompostelaSpain logoparadox3-150x150

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

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English or Spanish (Castillian)
  • 2-5 players
  • One player not colourblind

In a not-so-far-away future, people have the Smart Yourself app installed directly on their brain cells. It allows humans to access information, book activities, transfer data and chat via brainwaves, which is extremely handy. However, a hacker group which opposes the practice decides to expose its weaknesses in the most violent fashion possible: initiating the auto-destruction protocol of Smart Yourself and literally mindblowing the major part of humanity from the planet.

As scientists, you and your team mates have one hour to enter the HQ of the Corporación Pineapple (Pineapple Corporation), find the files of Dr. Raven, the lead scientist behind the app, and stop the auto-destruction protocol. Being such a dangerous set of codes, you will have to unlock many layers of security to succeed. It will not be an easy task! And looks like Dr. Raven is a big fan of a certain soft drink…

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Enigmik: The NW6 Bunker

logo-titulo1-e1423219865111Location: Enigmik, La Sagrada Familia, BarcelonaSpain

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

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

Requirements:

  • No language requirement. Intermediate English, Spanish (Castilian) or Catalan for briefing/hints.
  • 2-6 players (we recommend at least 4)
  • At least one player not colour blind

Dr. Betsy Smith is a renown scientist, but for the last months there has been suspicion about the type of experiments she’s been conducting in her lab, known as The NW6 Bunker. You and your team got access to the place for one hour, to check what is going on and, if necessary, get information – and materials – out.

We decided to play Enigmik due to its good reviews in tourism websites and its convenient location. We were not disappointed! Our group of four had a great time in a cold Barcelona night, and teamwork was essential to guarantee a successful mission!

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Maximum Escape Barcelona: The Dungeon – The Last Round [Review]

main_logo_bgLocation: Maximum Escape, Eixample, BarcelonaSpain

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

Creativity: 7.5; Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 9.5; Fun: 9

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English or Spanish (Castillian)
  • 2-4 players
  • Full mobility

While we were waiting for our game to start at Maximum Escape’s reception area, their promotional videos played on a screen. We were laughing at how epic and exaggerated the trailer to The Dungeon – The Last Round seemed to be: everything had a dramatic flair, similar to the images you see in this post. Once the game started, however, we bit our tongues: the place was super-epic and lived up to  the trailer! It was an amazing recreation of a medieval dungeon, with torture tools (safely locked to the walls), lots of wood, stone and narrow dark corridors to explore.

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We were impressed by everything about the setting, but there was little time to spare. In this game, players are prisoners bound to be beheaded at any moment. It is not about locks, puzzles or jigsaws. The Dungeon is a pure escape game: it is your instinct and your raw will to escape that will get you out of there, finding your way through the dungeon maze. Maybe you can get some help from those less fortunate than you…

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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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