The Madman of the Alley
Valencia has not been in the radar of international escape room enthusiasts. The main reason is probably the fact that, while in Barcelona and Madrid many of the top games are now playable in English, in this region Spanish reigns.
El loco del callejón (The madman of the alley) is the new creation of a company that essentially closed their previous rooms and used the huge space to create one larger experience. We were lucky that the room had opened just before our trip there.
As it is a signature of many Spanish rooms, immersion right from the start and acting is also present in this room. I loved the ambiance of the alley, which greatly contributed to said immersion.
The riddles are rather classic in its nature, but I liked many of them. They are well integrated into the space and keep you busy.
While the room is classified as “actively scary” in Terpeca, Spanish people would rather tag it as “tension” and not as a “horror” room. While there is actor presence and active scaring, I would not say this is the main aspect of the game, which is more riddle heavy. There is also non-scary actor interaction, which is really funny. The website explicitly states that different modes are available and you can tone down or up the “horror” component, worth asking if you don’t like scary rooms, as the room is well worth it, although of course the alley would not be the same without the madman.