Magritte and I had already played Amsterdam Catacombs, and were very excited to see how this 90-minute live horror experience would work as a remote game.
The stream comes via GoPro / YouTube, which results in a small delay between the images and the implementation of our audio instructions. On the other hand the picture is relatively good. The beginning is different than we knew it from the live game. There is a longer introduction video which immerses us well into the story.
The game is top! No question. Mega decorations, flickering lights, sound backdrop, great acting, pure suspense. Some sequences were even better to see in this format than on location, because the Avatar knows exactly where to direct our attention at any time. And I could experience two highlights of the game, which I missed during my first visit due to technical reasons.
But what really clouded our experience was the poorly balanced audio quality in our game session after we descended into the catacombs. While the voice of our Avatar Coby sounded like a whisper and was hardly to understand, our own voices were overloud. Obviously the reception quality was not very stable in the basement vaults. One team member gave up in frustration after being “kicked out of the game” several times and unfortunately didn’t get to see the great finale. This was a pity and should not happen with a peak time price of almost 30 € per person.