GuReview - HUXLEY
by Gureviewer: Theresa Wagner
Game Played On: Friday, 8th June 2018
Recommended Team Size: 2-4 Players
Kid Friendly: See Notes
Game Duration: 45 Min.
Booking Method: Online| Phone
Start Time: On Time
Who is this for: Enthusiasts, Beginners, Thrill Seekers
Live Actor: No
Public Transportation: Excellent
Easy to get to, easy to find.
Parking: Street parking – some
The room is fully Virtual Reality, so the backpacks the players wear are not heavy for adults, but children may be weighed down. VR is also not recommended for any player under 13. You need to be mobile for the game, but do not have to do any climbing or crawling.
Venue / Lobby Info:
The lobby of the venue was very well decorated, with lockers and benches to stow your belongings and sit on. The lockers need 1 euro to lock, but you will get this back when unlocking the locker. The venue lobby is easy to find, and your game master will lead you to the game space (which is still in the same building, but a different area). There was ice cream, soda, and beer for sale. There is an upstairs waiting area specifically for Huxley players, but we immediately were brought down to prepare for the game.
Public Restrooms: Yes
Notes for People with Disabilities:
The virtual reality world is not for everyone-- but they do a wonderful job of making sure the players are not motion sick. We had players with us that typically get motion sick in VR, and were absolutely fine. There are backpack computers you have to wear for the duration of the game; they are not heavy, but if you cannot wear a backpack this game is unplayable.
Game Introduction: The game introduction was split into 2 parts-- a briefing from your game masters, and a briefing from Huxley, the in-game AI robot. The game masters made sure you knew how to use VR, and insured you were ready to play Huxley as an introduction. The game itself, after some tutorial levels, gave a monologue from Huxley regarding the storyline, which was intriguing.
Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story
Narrative: Be an Adventurer
Main room first glance: Wow!
The main room outside of the game was a plain black room with plenty of space to walk around in the gear. There were cameras mounted that could track your movements very well. The main room in game was a very industrial, steampunk looking setting. The setting was massive, as it was a virtual reality game. The movement mechanics were amazing, as you were able to explore more areas than your starting platform.
Flow: Very Good and coherent flow
The game was a series of puzzles that players had to cooperate and complete together. These puzzles came at you in a level type format, and you had to clear a level to move on to the next. This was not a typical escape room format, and was more of an adventure puzzle game than an escape room.
Puzzles: Well thought of. Intriguing
The puzzles were very intuitive without having any specific instructions, and were incredibly fun. There were some puzzles that absolutely would never exist in the real world, which were amazing to play out in VR. They were all very fun, but not your "search and combine" of escape rooms.
The game was amazing for what it was- a VR adventure puzzle game. This was probably one of the most fun VR games I've played, and the multiplayer interactions were flawless. Everything was so much fun in game.
The game was not an escape room, but more of an adventure puzzle game. The website does not coin this an escape room, but we expected more of an escape room experience. This can be looked as as both a pro and con, depending on what you are going in expecting.
Hints & Clues, Debrief
Quality: Excellent (They have advanced the game, built-in escalation, no answer-disclosing)
Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)
Huxley is a must see wherever it is being offered. There are more locations opening up outside of Berlin, but the game is definitely worth playing. You'll have so much fun in the experience, and it is not commercially available on VR headsets.
Did You Escape: Yes