I was invited to play Komnata‘s Doctor Frankenstein room by Love Popups London the other day. The room’s premise is quite simple, the Professor has been trying to create artificial life, but just as he was close to a breakthrough, he has gone missing. We have one hour to unravel the mystery of what happened to him.
The room itself has a very steampunk feel to it, which is really well done with lots of details and decorations. It’s a bit dark in the beginning, as finding the light source is part of the game, but once you’ve gotten past this first hurdle, it’s a quite well lit room with lots to discover.
The storyline is very linear with lots of hints and instructions built into the room itself, which makes it very suitable for beginners, younger players, or couples. Children from 12 years are allowed to play this room without adult supervision, and it would definitely be solvable for a group of teenagers.
So many different puzzles, riddles and clever machinery are part of this room, we didn’t feel bored or stuck for a second and blasted through the plot in just 34 minutes. As all four of us have played A LOT of escape rooms though, we didn’t think it was too easy at all. As experienced players I would just recommend having less players on your team. An experienced couple will likely get a good 45+ minutes out of this gorgeous room.
The props and decorations all looked really well done, well placed, and within theme. A very solid room that was a lot of fun to play! I just wish there was a little more to do so we could have stayed in it longer as it was just so enjoyable! Full five out of six rainbow sloths from me!