Hansel & Gretel
Orbe is a small municipality in the canton of Vaud, north of Lake Geneva. Protocole 1408, whose Escape Game „Hansel und Gretel“ was recommended to us, is based here. That’s why we made a stop here on the way to our destination, Geneva. Nearby, in Cossonay, about 15 minutes away by car, there is Fantasia, another provider with a fairytale theme: „Pinocchio, L’Atelier de Gepetto“.
Attention. Unfortunately, both rooms can only be played in French!
Hansel and Gretel has a special feature: on weekends, a 120-minute brunch version can be booked in the 10:00 slot, with breakfast in the witch’s house after the game.
The adventure starts at different locations for the participants, which also somewhat justifies the minimum player number. But with a fixed price of 165€ (nothing special in Switzerland), I think four people is the best compromise between game fun and the cost per person anyway. However, I wouldn’t go any higher with the number of players, because otherwise it becomes too crowded in some parts of Hansel and Gretel.
The set is what you would want for this fairy tale. A witch’s hut with a few extensions, dimmed lights, brooms, baskets, wood, a crackling fireplace (it even smells of smoke), and a huge (brunch) table in the middle.
The puzzles are varied, require observation and teamwork among other things, are partly tricky, or have well thought-out mechanics. The hour flew by. It was fun!