Sherlock vs Moriarty
(By Santiago) This room has a topic that does not need any presentation. Probably every major city has at least one escape room around the figure of the mythical detective (and his nemesis of course). When choosing the rooms in Madrid, one of the reasons to choose this one, was that it was available in English, which must not be taken for granted in Spain and because it was recommended to me in my previous visit to Madrid. The reasons that spoke against were that it is a room that is available in different cities in Spain, and escape chains are not always a synonym of good quality.
We were staying in a strategical chosen apartment, so we walked to the room, which had a reception with the branding usual in these escape chains, contrary to the tendency in many escape rooms in Spain that provide for a direct immersion into the game. We were received in a very friendly manner. If I remember correctly, we saw an introductory video and then we were guided into the game. Luckily, this is done in a very funny way, which gets you into the mood and improves the transition from the commercial lobby to the escape room.
This room is something that puzzles fans will surely love, there is a lot to do, and you can work in parallel. I think it is a perfect example of how the make the most of a not so big physical space, in terms of puzzle density, variety and flow. While I enjoy the epic dimensions, that the industry has produced in recent years, it is great to play also this type of rooms, which are closer to what brought us to this hobby in the first place. And no, it is not an office full of locks, but a beautifully decorated room with different mechanisms. This room shows also that when a topic is well-implemented, any topic can be fun in an escape room, even when it has been used so much.
Three experienced escapers will have their hands full in terms of puzzles, for less experienced escapers four might be better, but in terms of physical space I would say that three is the magic number. It is definitely also suitable for experienced couples, but prepare to run against the clock. With this room we had a really great start into a weekend full of escaping.