East vs. West vs. East – a Cold War prevails in Germany in the 80s. Your emigration application to the „Golden West“ has been rejected and things start to get tricky. But surprisingly you receive a tip from a secret source: There is a way to the West – you only have to find it. Set not only behind the Wall, a weird, nostalgic-cult time travel awaits you!
£23 per player
Free Parking at the front of the building
Escaped – 50.35
This room was the second room we ever completed, and we probably owe a lot of our love for escape rooms to this very game. I’m too young to remember the 70’s and 80’s but as you enter this room, you are immediately taken back in time. It’s kind of like being at an elderly relatives house in the early 90’s. There is the dodgy carpet, the patterned walls, the wooden hygena style furniture and little porcelain knick knacks all around that make this room achieve that next level immersion. At every point during this game, you know that the team behind this room have spared no attention to detail. As you progress through the game, the quality of the theme is maintained consistently and adapts as you would expect with the narrative of the scenario. There is literally nothing that these guys could do to make this feel any more real. I won’t offer any spoilers but the fridge is simply genius! IYKYK…
Puzzles & Challenges
It’s one thing for a room to achieve incredible immersion as a result of the decoration and furniture within a room, but its another thing entirely for that realism to be supported by authentic challenges that don’t break from the theme. What I absolutely loved about this room is the reliance on technology that is relevant to the time. There are no out of place code boxes or digital locks, instead there are traditional puzzles that will have you hunting around the room and experiencing the escape from East to West as if you were back in the 1980’s. This does mean the room is quite lock and key focused, but you wouldn’t want or expect to find anything else. The first half of the game is brilliant, and the second half offers a completely different set of challenges to keep everyone on their toes. Remember at this point we hadn’t completed many rooms and still loved this experience.
Back in 2015 the escape room craze was growing but it hadn’t quite taken off to the level we see today. Appreciate a lot has probably changed since we completed this room but given the scenario is the same, we think its fairly safe to assume the brief and its delivery are pretty similar. As novices to rooms back then, we needed more clues than we would like to admit now, but the team here were super responsive and we left feeling like we had achieved something, not as if we had been walked through escaping.
Value for Money
I mean… how can we not score these guys highly for great value? This room blew us away and for the super wallet friendly price of £23 per person (26 euros). The only thing you might have to spend a little more on would be transport to the venue. If, like us, you are staying in central Berlin around the Alexanderplatz, you will probably have to grab an Uber or hop on the metro. We found these to be affordable though and its not a long journey. If you are driving to The Room, then the venue offers free parking at the front of the building.
It’s a room that started a love of escape rooms that persists to this day, so naturally you can assume we really enjoyed this room. It has everything a great room should have. Next level immersion, and a series of challenges to match. We were almost disappointed to have escaped!