The Illusionist Room
So, it’s time for room number 75!
The first thing I read about Breakout Rooms was that they would be “the first upsidedown room in Bulgaria”. Our attitude towards everything “first in Bulgaria” is not very positive. Still, I will admit, the upsidedown part intrigued me, and as I began to imagine what could happen, I decided, these people had to come up with something very cool.
This room goes back to the basics of the escape rooms genre, to the good old fun, to the puzzles being logical, meaningful and deep. Lately, more and more rooms rely on the interior more than gameplay, with different levels of success. However, our passion has always been to brainstorm, to think, not to stare (not that there is anything wrong with the WOW elements).
The interior of the room is … different. And that’s all I’ll tell you. Worth seeing, it’s surreal 🙂 What made a super good impression on me here is lack of electronics. If you had asked me yesterday before we played the Illusionist Room is it possible to create an interesting room without electronics, I would have been sceptical. Still, these people at Breakout Rooms have amazed me. There are mechanical puzzles, puzzles that require logic, puzzles with light and they are all super interesting and fun.
The story of the illusionist is a little bit plain, but given that there is no room with a similar theme, it is an acceptable compromise.
Entering the room, of course, we asked for the best time. They told us 66 minutes (the best of several test teams). We escaped in 43 without hints, and we really took our time on some riddles. For teams that have experience – you have to come and play. You can certainly do better than us. For teams with less experience, you might find it a little harder, but the room is 100% worth it.
I have no notes on the room, the only thing is that the communication is trough walkie-talkie. This is always uncomfortable. And paint the wall in the room where you meet the teams 🙂