Sometimes, the less you know and less you expect of the game, the greater the enjoyment. Hype can diminish your expected enjoyment of some games, I went into this game knowing absolutely nothing.
On arrival, we sat down for our pre-game briefing, and I was told I had passed an interview to be an air conditioning worker. I was very confused, but this seemed like such an odd theme for the players to be that I was intrigued.
This game started with an excellently-produced intro video. I often feel that a passionate gamesmaster could give a better introduction to an escape room, but there was some interactivity to this video that really wowed me. We got the key to open the first door and the game began.
The set is beautiful, so much detail, large and expansive – and this is just from the off.
I would estimate the first 15 minutes or so had an amazing mix of puzzles, observation, dexterity, logic. All with great transitions to confirm you have completed the task. I do believe that De Gouden Kooi does these parts of the game very, very well – moving from one area to the next was very well thought out, and executed even better.
It took me approximately 30 minutes before I couldn’t keep this phrase to myself, I just had to tell my teammates – “This game is so cool!”. There was no pun intended here.
It was amazing, and I still had half of the game to go – and yet more puzzle and set delights were thrown my way in the game.
This game slipped straight into my top 3 of all time. It’s could very well be my number one. I was told that throughout the game my smile was beaming from ear to ear. Yours will too. This game – is – COOL. The pun was deliberate this time.