Location: Athens, Greece
Date Played: March 3, 2020
Team size: 4-7; we recommend 4
Duration: 200 minutes
Price: from €30 per player for teams of 4 to €27 per player for teams of 7
Emergency Exit Rating: We’re unsure what fire escape measures there were, if any. More Info.
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
From the actual storefront, through the finale 3.5 hours later, The Bookstore was massive and mighty.
Each individual scene within The Bookstore could have been an entire 60-minute escape game at the vast majority of escape room companies that we’ve visited around the world. I’m not kidding; I could easily imagine this game being sold as 5 or 6 different games. Moreover, each scene change shifted the play style, which prevented the length from becoming monotonous.
Paradox Project’s opus was truly incredible, but it wasn’t perfect. Not all of the scenes or puzzles were created equally. There were a few puzzles that were begging for iteration. While the finale had some fantastic moments, it also had some shockingly dated and sketchy elements that throttled the momentum.
Overall, The Bookstore was a standout game in a wonderful escape room scene. If you go to Athens and you don’t play it, you did Athens wrong.
Who is this for?
- Escape room lovers
- Adventure seekers
- Story seekers
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Players with at least some experience
- Walking into a bookshop off of the street especially cool
- It was epic
- The set was beautiful
- There were many satisfying and diverse puzzles
With the consequences of our experiences in The Mansion behind us, we had attempted to go on with our lives… until we received a mysterious invitation to a bookshop. Someone seemed to know of our Bitter Truth.Continue reading “Paradox Project – The Bookstore [Review]”