HURRY UP – Jumanji [Review]

Polish title: Jumanji

Location: Wroclaw, Poland

Date played: October 26, 2017

Team size: 2-5; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: 130 złoty per group (approximately $37)

Jumanji is only available in Polish. Critical puzzles require fluent Polish.

Story & setting

Inspired by the 90’s film, Jumanji sent us on an adventure whether we wanted it or not. If we didn’t win the game, the game would destroy us.

In-game: A close up of the message window on a Jumanji board. It reads, "Jumanji."

We began Jumanji in a living room, where a lovely recreation of the movie prop took center stage. From there, the adventure took us on a puzzling journey. The set was fine, but not the primary focus of this experience.

Gameplay

Jumanji was puzzle-focused with minimal technology and set dressing. The escape room was at its best when those puzzles were tactile.

Standouts

The Jumanji board was compelling. I found myself wishing that we could do more with it.

There were quite a few solid puzzles in Jumanji. I enjoyed the tactile puzzles most.

Shortcomings

I found the set underwhelming. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t inspiring either. I never felt like I was sucked into a grand adventure.

Similarly, most of the puzzles didn’t make me feel like I was on an adventure.

Should I play HURRY UP’s Jumanji?

Jumanji was a puzzly escape room, but not one of my favorites in Wroclaw. I’ll say this: my Polish-speaking teammates seemed to think it was quite good. It’s possible that the Polish-language puzzles added a lot more enjoyment… but I was left underwhelmed.

Jumanji was family-friendly and beginner-friendly. It could be approached by players of all skill levels, so long as at least one teammates can handle puzzling in Polish.

Book your hour with HURRY UP’s Jumanji, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

 

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