Yūrei (Japanese for „dark spirit/soul“) are Japanese ghosts who are denied a peaceful afterlife because of certain events, such as the absence of a proper funeral or suicide, and therefore appear and hover around (typically between midnight and sunrise), to frighten and torment those who did this to them, but without causing harm.
So Arthur Cipher sent us to Japan to find the legendary Dragon’s Tooth. There we are welcomed by a monk and granted access to the premises, which are said to be inhabited by something that is not from this world.
Very few people are familiar with the Japanese culture of 400 years ago, and perhaps it’s precisely this unknown that creates an oppressive feeling even before we enter the actual venue.
The atmosphere, which is enhanced by visual effects and a suitable acoustic background, is captivating but at the same time frightening. There is a fairly strong entry into the game with an impressive interlude that instantly put us in the right mood and takes us back to a mysterious Japanese world several hundred years ago.
Yurei is an escape room with an interesting story, that stands out from the rest in some areas. The exciting game concept, which envisages several acts, and in which the players will recover the hidden objects they found in the first act, Yurei, in the next act.
Apart from this, the creative and in a way also humorous help system, which demands a certain courage and determination from the discoverers and the appearance of varied characters at different locations during the game keeps the tension level constantly high.
Yurei is an exiting 100 minutes soft horror experience for which 3-4 players are a good group size. I’m already looking forward to the continuation of the story!