The Secret of Kryptos
Myst Entertainment was announced a long time ago. It’s been months, maybe even a year, I almost lost hope that they will one day immerge. Then someone told me that you know, Myst is planning a grand opening. My comment was that after so much waiting it’s better to be good, even amazing. And … it was.
After we escaped Myst, I saw someone wrote on their wall the following “Thank you for returning us the pleasure of playing escape rooms and giving us hope back.” And I was just wanted to say: “This is my line, I had to say it”.
Myst has everything, but really everything. Good location, fantastic lobby, for God’s sake, Dimitar published a live feed from the toilet, I’m not even kidding …
Ескейп стая с футуристичен кенеф. Евала. pic.twitter.com/EnG4R4nZil
— Dimitar Smilyanov (@ShadowmarN) September 14, 2016
… and this was before we even step foot in the room. The colour-coded logo on their wall is E-P-I-C. In general, everything here is thought to be so spectacular, memorable and impressive that you simply cannot ignore it. The site is exactly the same, modern, fast and elegant.
In the beginning, we are welcomed by only one member of this brilliant team that created this masterpiece. Then after the game, we meet the rest of them. They are excited about what we have to say. Well … what about “BRAVO”! They insist on telling them what to improve, how to fix it, is there something stupid, illogical, annoying. Me: “Put on a chair.” Yes, I came up with the most obscure tip on how to improve the perfect. I’m not sure I wanted even to try.
For overall presentation, vision, message, and brand they get A+, and I think they absolutely deserve to go straight on the top of Sofia and the country escape rooms ranking.
About the room … considering how little I can tell you, I will try to give you some information: spotless interior, no junk items to distract you. Few skippable steps, but they know about that … as always if we can skip, we skip. Everything appears at the right moment, brings the right information and mood. Their theme is MEGA strong, everything about Kryptos is super interesting even without the room itself because a lot of conspiracy theories are floating around, but Myst has taken the strong parts of history and reinforced them even more with the interior of the room. Consistent, methodical, with many puzzles, many WOW effects, with moderate difficulty, given that we played at a hard difficulty level, there is nothing we don’t like.
I am impressed that they spent the time to think about the competition between the teams and came up with a system that tries to highlight the strengths of the teams. Their ranking is based on points, as they are formed not only by escape time but also by the number of participants in the team, the number of hints (we started calling them cheap and expensive hints, because based on their usefulness they add penalty points, more or less) the difficulty level chosen by the team and so on. Even we set a new record I was sure that it would not stand a chance and I was right because a few hours later Karaivanovi just killed us all and set a new record, but they are great guys, and I was actually really happy for them. My admirations for the great idea and for a lot of courage to break the pattern in this genre!
If you haven’t already known it, this is one of our favourite rooms ever.
Now go book a game.