Escape Diem : The Secret Chapel

We became investigative journalists in Hamburg trying to learn more about the Secret Chapel! We go back to review to the room which finally convinced us to start working on this website!

You are a reporter and you would like to report an exciting story. By chance, the cleaner at the Hamburger Michel was caught smoking in previously undiscovered rooms in the Michel’s catacombs. This incredible find must now be explored by you – reveal the secret of the chapel. You have an hour to get your report ready, then your colleagues from the competition come.

 60 Minutes

 2-6 Players

 Unknown escape rate 

 £33 per player

 Hamburg, Germany

 No dedicated parking, central location

 https://www.escapediem.de

 Pete, Nate

 February 2020

 Escaped!

Immersion

Pete

10/10

Nate

10/10

When you enter this room, you are genuinely transported to a chapel. You are totally convinced that the environment is a gothic church that has been around for years. The attention to detail here is insane – from the stonework flooring to the stainglass window. Every item within the room is true to the scenario and you won’t find anything that makes you question the authenticity of the room. Your’e following in the tracks of a smoking cleaner and there are even cigarette butts on the floor. Nowhere outside of Germany have we experienced this level of immersion. What Ellen has achieved in this room is nothing short of incredible. 

Puzzles & Challenges

Pete

9/10

Nate

9/10

The Secret Chapel offers a mix of traditional and modern challenges in a linear format. As we experienced with the layout of the room itself, everything was totally in keeping with the scenario. We won’t say too much, but the very first challenge was so cleverly executed. Unlike in many rooms we have completed, a strong theme can be let down by a somewhat out of place army of locked boxes and padlocks. At Escape Diem this is not the case. The puzzles are really convincingly disguised into the theme and whats more, they challenged us in many ways we have not seen before. 

Games Master

Pete

10/10

Nate

10/10

What’s evident at Escape Diem is the passion Ellen has for these rooms and providing players with a genuine and authentic experience. We were given a detailed brief of what lied in store for us, with Ellen being in character the whole time. Once we were locked in she became our colleague back at the office and did not once break out of this role. Every clue we needed was shared in a way that maintained the immersion. Clues were not too forthcoming but shared when needed. 

Value for Money

Pete

7/10

Nate

8/10

So given the quality of the challenges and the puzzles, you don’t mind paying a little bit extra for the room, but at £33 per person for a group of two this is at the top end of the price scale for an hour long escape room. 

Enjoyment

Pete

10/10

Nate

10/10

Total Immersion…Check! Original challenges… Check! In case you can’t tell we loved this room. Everything was so convincingly put together that it is hard not to enjoy the experience of stepping foot into the secret chapel. We genuinely embraced our inner Indiana Jones while completing this room and enjoyed every second! 

Total Score

9.3/10
9.3/10

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