#35: E-Exit (Budapest) – Heaven and Hell

A well-thought out room with a unique take on the topic that was quirky, enjoyable, and kept us engaged throughout. Recommended.

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Location:Budapest
Team:Rhubarb Rhubarb
Date:24 March 2019
Hints taken:0
Time:46m
URL:E-Exit

Front & Briefing

Down the stairs from the pavement and into a basement den for our eighth Budapest escape room. After the usual signed waivers we were also given an A4 page of paper filled with the storyline for the room – the GM told us at the time there was nothing we needed to memorise from it but it was a little strange to be reading that in silence beforehand, and it was way more wordy than it needed to be.

Theme

In short, you’re attempting to investigate the afterlife by “hibernating” yourselves, then escaping the nether worlds and reviving yourself within an hour. Quite gruesome sounding, and the first area I wouldn’t recommend to people who might find gallows humour disturbing, though there wasn’t any gore or major jump scares throughout the game and the death-themed sections were fairly tongue-in-cheek. In fact, the rest of the game had a good sense of humour too; we particularly enjoyed some of the more heavenly aspects!

Puzzles

The sense of humour lent itself to a diverse range of puzzles, with a range of puzzles from pretty low tech standard escape room fare to some satisfying physical puzzles and a few more advanced electronic puzzles. The more physical bits were definitely the highlight for me; there are some bits I wouldn’t have minded having a go with again after we’d finished!

Hint system

Via loudspeakers on request or at the GM’s suggestion.

Finale

While the game flowed nicely to the finish and there was a final puzzle of sorts, it wasn’t the most memorable, especially not compared with some of the other parts of the room. My feeling was that the game should have ended just before that point, puzzle-wise, but it was necessary story-wise.

Debriefing

Congratulations from the GM, and a photo that appeared on Facebook shortly afterwards. Then we were given walking directions around the block (a two-minute walk) to E-Exit’s secondary location to play their next game (Santa Muerte (#36))!

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