Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Date Played: May 11, 2018
Team size: 2-5; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 75 minutes
Price: €40 per ticket
Boom Chicago is an improv comedy troupe whose escape games explore comedy. Escape Through the Movies wove us through a large assortment of backstage spaces throughout their theater. Each new area that we entered took us into a new iconic movie for puzzles and laughs.
While it was a bit uneven in both aesthetics and gameplay, Escape Through the Movies was a fun assortment of unusual segments that didn’t take itself seriously. It presented great moments.
If you’re in Amsterdam, go with the right group and the correct mindset to experience one of the rare comedic escape rooms created by people who get comedy.
Who is this for?
- Movie buffs
- Comedy fans
- Adventure seekers
- Story seekers
- Any experience level
- Players who are comfortable going up and down stairs
- Classic movie moments
- It’s different
The movies are real worlds and Hannibal Lecter wanted to bridge the gap between our reality and the movies. History’s worst movie villains would conquer our reality unless we stopped them.
Boom Chicago is, first and foremost, an improv comedy theater. Escape Through The Movies was built in various rooms throughout their backstage area. It spanned multiple floors and each new space represented a different movie (or series).
The set design was uneven. Some segments look beautiful, while others seemed thrown together.
Boom Chicago’s Escape Through the Movies was a standard escape room with some other types of gameplay mixed in. It had a lower level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching, light interaction with an actor, and puzzling.
+ Escape Through the Movies began with a typical escape room set and game flow. The setting was charming. It set the stage for our strange adventure.
– As we left the first set, we entered into an uneven fantasy world. Some sets seemed to strive for realism, while others did not. Boom Chicago seemed to struggle with how realistic to make this humorous adventure.
+ Boom Chicago chose this plot well. It could justify just about anything… so it took us through some of the most unexpected scenes. And it worked.
+ Boom Chicago added sequences that didn’t follow typical escape room gameplay. Some parts were a little intense and others were silly, but these segments were where Escape Through the Movies really shined.
– The puzzles – and other puzzley activities – didn’t give quite enough feedback. We’d wonder whether we were approaching them correctly.
+ Boom Chicago achieved a massive escape room milestone in creating an iconic movie interaction that so many other companies have clearly wanted to build, but simply didn’t know how to make it work.
– The timing wasn’t always on point. We’d solve something and the escape room would react, but off cue. This confused us.
– We traversed a lot of different sets in Escape Through the Movies. While we enjoyed the concept, it meant we walked through a lot of wholly undesigned space, which broke the fiction. In one instance, Boom Chicago needed better stage directions. We accidentally walked past one scene without stopping to experience it. (Our gamemaster directed us back.)
+ Some scenes were purely jokes. No puzzle/activity content. Boom Chicago pulled this off.
– The ending lacked the drama of some of the early scenes. It had fanfare, but the final solve wasn’t epic enough to serve as a conclusion to such a large-scale experience.
+ Boom Chicago specializes in comedy. Escape Through the Movies didn’t take itself too seriously. It made fun of its subject matter and we laughed along with it.
+ Boom Chicago has a spacious lobby with a bar. It’s a fun place to hang out before or after playing Escape Through the Movies.
Tips for Visiting
- Boom Chicago is accessible from Amsterdam City Center. It is right near the Anne Frank House.
- We recommend Long Pura for an Indonesian meal across the street.
- All players need to be able to walk up and down stairs.
Book your hour with Boom Chicago’s Escape Through the Movies, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.