Never Sleep Again
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you/Three, four, better lock your door/Five, six, grab your crucifix/Seven, eight, gonna stay up late/Nine, ten, never sleep again.” is quite a famous song. If you do not know what this song is about, you are probably too young and things like Friday, the 13th, Gremlins and other cult movies from the 80´s do not ring a bell.
For the youngsters reading these lines, this escape room is inspired by the famous movie “A nightmare on Elm Street” with a very young Johnny Depp, in which a serial killer (Freddy Krueger) kills people in their dreams causing their death in real life. So, in a way, this game literally brings something from your nightmares into the real world.
It goes without saying that this is not a room for people not able to endure the knowledge that your worst nightmare is lurking out there and darkness is one of the main traits of the game, as is usual in horror games. While from a strictly game playing issue, it is not always the most convenient thing, it is an intended and integral aspect of the game.
As it happens a lot in horror games, decoration is limited in view of the reigning darkness and the puzzles are not the most complex ones, although nicely connected to the story. In any case for the horror lovers among you, this game provides for quite a few interesting aspects, that makes this game very enjoyable, well, maybe enjoyable is not the right word.
The darkness combined with the music provides for a good ambiance and tension is provided throughout the game. Definitely not a game of those you get one or the other scare jump, you will need to be alert the whole time. The puzzles involve quite some exploration, which is obviously intended, and you will regret every single time you have to go back for something. One highlight of this game is the interesting play dynamics and you will be running for safety frequently, although safety is a very relative word.