Once you started Roomanji you will have to finish the game and shout his name three times …
Roomanji by Ilusium in Mataró (30km northeast of Barcelona), has been on the to-do list for a long time. So far it has always failed because the room, that finished 36th in the Top Escape Room Project 2019, was not playable in English. Fortunately, it is now. My experiences with Escape Games, which are dedicated to the famous dice game theme, have been negative so far, so I was very curious if this one will live up to its good reputation.
The gamemaster has a role in the narrative, which he fulfills extremely well. A real professional who, with his powerful and immersive introduction, made us feel like the protagonists of the following adventure from the very first moment. It is agreed in advance whether you want to play the game with or without hints. Although we are three experienced players, we opted for the variant with hints, which in retrospect was the right decision, because for us it was more important to finish the game than to get no clue. And we needed one, or was it two?
The room is for the most part a real challenge. The puzzles, of which there are certainly not too few in this game, are in a good balance between electronics and conventional style. The varied and entertaining tasks are very well integrated into the theme and the story. The plot is quite linear, which is good in this case. It would be a real shame to miss out on something here. The story is driven by a central element – everyone can guess what it is – and develops during the game, with unpredictable twists and turns, into a thrilling adventure.
But the biggest asset of Roomanji is the vivid atmosphere and the brilliant setting. The realistic design of scenes from the film with a lot of love for detail, the decoration and props make this game to an eye-catcher and a must-have for all cinema fans. But, as a player, you shouldn’t get carried away to dream, because time is running relentlessly and there is still a lot to discover and solve.
As an experienced player, I would play this escape game with three or four people. With less experience, because of the large playing area and the quantity of the puzzles, it can certainly be played by up to six adventures.