I am a big fan of the rooms of Down the Hatch. I played their first room, the original Down The Hatch, which later closed, when I was starting the escape enthusiast path. After thoroughly enjoying the Cooper Case and Flight 815, I was thrilled to read (in what seems ages ago) that they were working on their new game: Molly’s game. So, when I heard they were open, this game jumped to the top of my priorities. After you have played many games, it does not happen so often, that a potentially great game opens in your area.
I want to start my review by the end, which is the talk after the game that we had with the owner (Loran). The industry has developed a lot, and when you have created great games and other companies have done that as well, it leads to a constant need to improve yourself, and obviously it is not easy, as there are also economic constraints. It is in this context, that the most ambitious project of Down the Hatch happened and it involved 21 months of work.
What I can say is that all the effort definitely paid off, already the reception is like taken away from a movie set, which makes you immediately curious about what you will find in there. Expectations were high, but still they managed to surprise us several times.
Each escape room scene has its own character and this room captures the essence of the excellent Dutch games. For those who hold the Netherlands in a pedestal, you will really appreciate this room. A strong story, fantastic atmosphere, and great puzzles. It is true that while you are playing you will miss the one or the other detail related to the story, but its like when you watch a movie, all the detail in creating a particular scene, which lasts a few seconds can only fully be appreciated after repeatedly watching it, careful analysis or simply getting that information. This is one of the reasons I enjoy talking to the creators after the game, because you learn about all the little details, Easter eggs and simply how much thought was put into the different aspects of the game. I could criticize a few small things, but it is very difficult without entering into the details and therefore in the spoiler area, but what I can say without any doubt is that this escape room is one of the best games in the country at the moment, increasing the density of top games we have here in South Holland. What are you waiting to pack your suitcase and come to the Netherlands?