Escape Center – Kami Temple [Review]

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Location: Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel

Date Played: May 11, 2022

Team Size: 2-7 (2 only Sunday through Wednesday); we recommend 2-3

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: 140 NIS per player for 3 players to 110 NIS per player for 6+ players

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: All players must crawl (but there is a way around)

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

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Kami Temple was a masterpiece in escape room puzzle design.

Unabashedly a puzzle-centric experience, Kami Temple served up a multi-course tasting menu of smooth, satisfying ahas. Each puzzle mechanic was distinct, and each was seamlessly integrated within the Japanese temple. Nothing felt trivial. Nothing felt insurmountable. Each and every puzzle in Kami Temple impressively hit that sweet spot right in the middle.

Along the way, a stunning set and moodily colorful lighting strongly supported this puzzle feast.

Two carved stone Kami dragons looking at one another.
Image via Escape Center

Though Kami Temple was a good deal smaller than The Intervention, both rooms had a notably high caliber of set design. This level of polish, intricacy, and budget was a step above any other escape room we played in the country.

Kami Temple and The Intervention are amongst the top escape rooms in Israel. Both are premium, highly memorable experiences in wildly different ways. Absolutely try to play both if you have time. If you have to choose between the two, Kami Temple is better suited for smaller, puzzle-loving teams, whereas The Intervention can accommodate a larger team and has more of a balance between puzzle, narrative, and adventure.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Adventure seekers
  • Any experience level
  • Smaller teams

Why play?

  • The smooth puzzles
  • The serene setting

Story

We entered the Kami Temple in Japan to find a way to restore balance and prevent the end of the world.

A pair of red paper lanterns hung beneath a katana.

Setting

Kami Temple was set in a peaceful Japanese temple. Paper lanterns, fans, and kimonos lined the walls. An ornate traditional gate guarded the entrance to the inner sanctum.

A series of red paper lanterns and white fans hung on the wall.

Gameplay

Escape Center’s Kami Temple was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around solving puzzles.

Analysis

βž• The set was impeccable. Every direction you looked, every detail β€” even upon the closest scrutiny β€” was pristine. A myriad of materials, including nicely 3D printed components, coalesced into an environment that was cohesively serene.

βž• Kami Temple was packed with satisfying, polished puzzles. Each puzzle fit the environment, and the flow could not have been smoother.

βž• Nearly every puzzle had a unique physical input. Even inputs that just as easily could have been reduced to a combination lock instead provided more creative, tactile solutions.

❓ Multiple puzzles were available at once throughout the game. For more experienced players, I recommend bringing as small a team as possible and sticking together (rather than solving puzzles in parallel) to ensure a full-length experience.

βž• Kami Temple opened with a show hiding in plain sight.

βž• Light, sound, and color were utilized together for some of the clearest, most satisfying input confirmation and mapping that I’ve seen in any escape room.

βž• With just a slight change in angle, Kami Temple offered up a variant on a fairly common escape room agility challenge that felt novel and organic.

βž• The transitions were beautiful. Lighting effects elegantly guided our attention and movement throughout the space, from start to finish.

βž– Lacking any deeper narrative thread or meta puzzle sequence, Kami Temple‘s finale faded out in an appropriate but expected manner.

Tips For Visiting

  • English playability: The game was fully translated into English, though most puzzles were language agnostic.
  • The entrance to Escape Center is tucked around the side of the building and a bit hard to find. Arrive early and look for subtle signage.

Book your hour with Escape Center’s Kami Temple, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

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