Escape Republik – Nakatomi Plaza

Nakatomi Plaza (Game duration 100 minutes)

Fury team: Nush KrastevaIvan Minchev and Nadezhda Danabasheva

Fury time: 85:00 minutes

Date: February 4, 2024

“Die Hard” is a favorite movie, not only because of Bruce Willis and the not-that-famous but not less important role of Alan Rickman. The movie is associated with many memories from the past and is inevitably linked to Christmas and positive emotions. I was so impatient that we arrived an hour early, and I immediately took a photo in front of the door.

At the beginning of the game, we found an abandoned suitcase, chained and padlocked, left on the street. And a note: “Send a bomb emoji on WhatsApp, and the game will begin.” We received instructions to pretend to be workers who arrived to fix the elevator, being told to find our work clothes hidden by our agent in the suitcase and leave our belongings in their place. We cracked the padlock code in seconds and clarified that we were a team from Eastern Europe, none of us spoke Spanish, and only Nusha was the foreman representative, while Ivan and I would nod expertly and walk with our sagging pants.

The game master reminded me of another one from “No Exit.” His acting skills added funny and surprising moments throughout the game (and after it, but more on that in the next review) – definitely a big advantage for an escape room rich in story. This guy had to play everything, from a bellboy, gardener, maid (with the right wig and talking in falsetto), New Year’s DJ, terrorist, and security guard.

We go through several hotel rooms and celebrate New Year’s, and we are yelled at by the terrorists who inevitably come to spoil our fun. In this room, there are challenging but engaging puzzles, humor, and adequate decor.

In the end, it was disappointing. To defuse the bomb, we have texts in Spanish on the screens (how am I supposed to know which is the corridor and which is the bedroom in Spanish?). It turns out that the inactive screen, which I assume is not participating in the game because it doesn’t light up, is actually active and is part of the puzzle and is just broken. Our bomb explodes, and I am disappointed when I understand why. It hasn’t been working for a month, and the bosses don’t want to fix it. Shame.

They give us a discount code for another room. Where is this room? The next door down the street! Really? Can we play it right away? The gamemaster calls someone and says there is no way; my colleague can’t come. However, when he sees I’m disappointed, he offers to guide us through the game in parallel with the next game at Nakatomi. But there will be a delay if something doesn’t work out for us. We agree wholeheartedly, setting the stage for the most ridiculous experience I’ve had in escape rooms.

Read about Endurance II.

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