No Exit Escape Rooms – El Exorcista [Review]

Deliver us from evil.

Location:  Athens, Greece

Date Played: March 1, 2020

Team size: 3-5; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: from €90 per team of 3 players to €115 per team of 5 players

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating:  We’re unsure what fire escape measures there were, if any. More Info.

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

That was intense.

El Exorcista was unlike anything else that we’ve ever played. Imagine if the movie The Exorcist was completely reimagined as a hybrid escape room/ immersive theatre/ haunted house.

The actors were outrageously talented and (probably) not performing in their native language. Some of the moments that they brought to life blew our minds.

In-game: an alter in a crypt covered in candles.

El Exorcista’s puzzles were probably the weakest part of the experience. Much like Zoe, the gameplay functioned more as gates, keeping us physically engaged with the experience. (It’s worth noting that while this was a scary game, it was nowhere near the sphincter-clenching terror of Zoe, and that’s probably a good thing.)

Athens had quite a few must-play escape rooms and El Exorcista absolutely sits among that pantheon. It was unique and it left us with so many unforgettable memories.

Who is this for?

  • Horror fans
  • Story seekers
  • Practical effects snobs
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Breathtaking theatrics
  • Strong horror storytelling

Story

A young woman had been possessed by a demon. An exorcist named Father Damian sought to draw the beast out of her, but his strength wasn’t enough. He needed help.

In-game: The corner of a home, with a radio, and comedy and tragedy masks.

Setting

We dramatically entered the home of a possessed woman. The space was grim and uninviting, while still feeling like it could have been someone’s home.

This experience was profoundly actor- and set-driven. The gamespace was constantly changing, bringing about new and startling moments.

While the set wasn’t beautiful, it was among the most memorable game environments that we’ve ever visited.

Gameplay

No Exit Escape Rooms’ El Exorcista was a theatrical escape room with a low level of difficulty.

Your impression of the difficulty level will vary based on your scare threshold.

Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, puzzling, and contending with unease and jump scares.

Analysis

➕ The opening set was one of the strongest in the game. It heightened the tension as we wound our way into the experience.

➕ The early scenes were jaw-dropping.

➕ Few can rival the ninja-like scene transitions of El Exorcista‘s main performer. Her silent movement was uncanny. She navigated the space flawlessly.

➖ The thrill of El Exorcista decreased as the game progressed. As we got to know the gamespaces and got used to how the actors moved through the space, our fear abated. There was nothing at stake because we were more or less watching a theatrical performance.

➕/➖ The set was a canvas for the performance and it excelled in this task. For the most part, the gamespace looked serviceable. The set never felt polished.

➕ Although the sets weren’t polished, No Exit Escape Rooms used their space in interesting and unusual ways. We especially liked when the space became the puzzle.

❓ In El Exorcista, the puzzles were gates for the experience. They were typical in style, and generally fine. They weren’t the point.

➖ The puzzles suffered when the execution lacked precision.

➕ One scene overshadowed all the others. It felt like the movie had been brought to life.

El Exorcista peaked too early. By the final scenes, our adrenaline had run its course. Even with the narrative turn, No Exit Escape Rooms was unable to reinvigorate our emotional investment.

➕ El Exorcista was performance art. The actors were phenomenal. They put on an incredible show.

Tips For Visiting

  • No Exit Escape Rooms has multiple locations. El Exorcista is located in the Ilioupolis building, 13 Dedousi Ave. 16346.
  • You will need to maneuver up and down stairs and crawl/crouch during this game.
  • This game is available in Greek or English.
  • Review our tips for playing escape rooms with actors.

Book your session with No Exit Escape Rooms’ El Exorcista, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: No Exit Escape Rooms provided media discounted tickets for this game.

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