I didn’t hit snooze for a change.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Date played: May 7, 2017
Team size: 2-4; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: €85-120 per team depending upon size
Questomatica was formerly known as Claustrophobia in Amsterdam.
Story & setting
We had to traverse the dreams of a young girl to help her wake up.
Set within the dream rendition of Matilda’s (not the famed character) bedroom, we had to puzzle through the strange challenges that her young mind could throw at us.
The set was compelling and cleanly constructed with an eye for the most minute of details.
Tech-driven, with some of the finest implementations that I have encountered to date, the wear, seams, and sensors were shockingly well hidden.
There was a good variety of puzzles. They all made great use of the set, creating fun dream-like scenes that worked well within the game’s loose narrative.
In tech-driven rooms, I frequently solve at least some of the puzzles by looking for wear, wiring, seams, or other flaws in construction. That was simply impossible in Wake Up! The construction was immaculate.
The dream narrative of the room escape was reinforced by many of the interactions throughout Wake Up!.
The lighting was well executed.
The final puzzle was substantial enough to engage our full team.
There was a lack of feedback from some of the puzzles. In one instance we solved something and didn’t know that we had. Many of us kept returning to it to try and make it work. Stronger action / reaction for each individual puzzle would improve the experience.
The music got a bit repetitive and clashed with one of the puzzles.
Wake Up! had dramatic moments, but it lacked adventure.
Should I play Questomatica’s Wake Up!?
It’s rare to encounter an escape room that is so perfectly constructed and maintained. It’s so rare that this is literally the first time I’ve seen execution on this level in over 300 escape rooms. That in and of itself is a massive accomplishment.
Questomatica also did a wonderful job of telling an abstract story through the room’s interactions.
Wake Up! is a great and approachable game for players of all skill levels, so long as you have the ability to crawl from time to time.
It’s not the most intense, adventurous, or puzzley game, but it more than makes up for that with wonderful technology and the cleanest execution that I have seen to date.
Book your hour with Questomatica’s Wake Up!, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Full disclosure: Questomatica provided media discounted tickets for this game.