Hype Esc – Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny [Review]

“Hypee has heard of your greatness, sir.”

Location:  Tel Aviv, Israel

Date Played: May 10, 2022

Team Size: 2-6; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: 170 NIS per player for 2 players to 110 NIS for 7+ players

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration:  Stairs, crawling, and flashing lights for all players

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

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Most escape rooms with wizard themes allude to a certain popular franchise without ever saying the magic words directly. Hype Esc’s Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny embraced its subject matter more directly through a lens of fan fiction and parody.

Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny was thoroughly magical, starting from the moment we entered the building. Featuring a wide variety of environments and characters, this game thoughtfully balanced adventure with puzzles. The set and special effects looked wondrous from afar, though they lacked some attention to detail upon closer scrutiny. The gameplay was consistently polished and creative; the build quality matched that creativity in intention, but was a bit more uneven in execution.

Above all, Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny clearly communicated a great story and, through that, lovingly paid tribute to its source material without overly relying on any outside knowledge. Along the way, we made some memorable friends, completed a myriad of puzzles and challenges that actively drove forward the narrative, and explored countless otherworldly spaces.

Large stone archways in a wizarding library.

Clocking in at 90 minutes, Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny is one of the longest escape rooms currently available in Israel, and it took full advantage of the above-average duration. When we played, the game was only partially translated into English. Some video and audio content, which were all exceptionally produced, had yet to be translated at all, and we relied heavily on our Hebrew-speaking teammates in these sections.

Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny is a great escape room that both thrived in and fell victim to its high ambitions and scope. With some further refinement, it has potential to be an exceptional experience. Even in its current form, it’s a game well worth seeing by all players — even if you have to find a translator or recruit some Hebrew-speaking teammates to play it.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Harry Potter fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • The magical set
  • The characters
  • You like Harry Potter or similar wizarding worlds

Story

We entered the wizarding world in order to recover a mythical wand and defeat a powerful dark wizard.

A collection of storefronts in a wizarding community.

Setting

Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny opened in an alleyway lined with vibrant magical shops. From there, the space opened up into an expansive world filled with strange creatures, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and a wide variety of other magical surprises.

The set was bold and colorful, with large set pieces that consistently made a statement.

A storefront in a wizarding community.

Gameplay

Hype Esc’s Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around solving puzzles, making connections, and creative problem solving.

Analysis

➕ A thematic entrance to the space provided a clear physical and narrative boundary between the muggle and wizarding worlds.

➕/➖ Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny‘s set looked wonderful overall. An alleyway between storefronts that doubled as a lobby was richly decorated, and there was a nice contrast of decorative styles and moods between all the different areas of the set. Upon closer inspection, though, certain details throughout the set looked inconsistent and messy.

➕ Throughout our journey, we encountered a variety of well-developed characters. Each character had a distinct physical presentation and means of communication, actively contributing to the narrative as well as the gameplay. Dialogue between certain characters helped establish them as independent entities. We especially enjoyed a human-operated character who had a strange request for us.

➕ Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny featured multiple magical transitions and effects that made space feel much larger than it was and provided a strong sense of adventure.

➖ One of the most magical moments in the game could have benefitted from slightly louder music and tighter timing to better obscure what was happening. Quite similar to an effect in another top local room, the implementation in Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny maintained the intention, but lacked the same level of end-to-end polish.

➕ The gameplay flowed well and was consistently thematic. Everything was solvable without any outside wizarding knowledge, but fans of Harry Potter will certainly appreciate all the references.

➕/➖ Certain interactions required creative thinking outside of normal escape room logic. Generally, these were fantastic and contributed to the game’s whimsy. Some of these interactions could have been more clearly signposted to indicate what was fair game.

➕ We were entirely consumed by the ending. It was memorable and delightful.

Tips For Visiting

  • English playability: Some parts of the game were translated, but much of the game, including text that was required for the gameplay, wasn’t yet translated to English.
  • Hype Esc offers a “Family Edition” of Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny for 3-8 players.

Book your session with Hype Esc’s Harry Potter and the Trinity of Destiny, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Update November 15, 2022: To hear more from designer Gai Bosco, check out this interview on The Reality Escape Pod.

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