RATING: 5 Keys RESULT: Win REMAINING: 17:00
Take some very outside the box thinking, add a dash of cool tech and mix it all together with a believable, reality-based scenario, top it off with the coolest surprise we’ve ever seen in a game and you get a Robbery that changes not only The World, but the entire way we look at Escape Rooms!
Naturally, we need to get to it first.
On paper, the theme is a cliché one, and one that we’ve seen over and over again. To be honest, as such, of the four Komnata Quest games we played that day, this was the one I was looking least forward to.
The Robbery that Changed the World is the very definition of never judge a book by its cover.
Not only is this the best story-driven “robbery’ game you’ll find anywhere within the United States, but it takes a concept that would be otherwise cliché and turns it into a cinematic action movie, making you the main character.
I’ve never been so excited to be a criminal!
This game is a large scale, multi-room adventure with some of the coolest transitions we’ve ever seen.
Your robbery attempt starts, naturally, in a dark back alley behind the bank’s complex. From there, it’s on you to find a way in without getting caught, but that’s far from the end. Several layers of security will need to be disabled before you can even dream of getting your hands on the prize.
And needless to say – for a robbery of this magnitude, nothing along the way will be as simple as opening a door and walking into a room.
As your robbery plot progresses, every step along the way is completely story driven, and makes total sense within that story world. Expect to hack computer systems, disable alarms and block security fail-safes, as well as use some clever tech and one very unexpected but very realistic, necessary tool to get the job done.
This is one of those moments where I wish I could tell you something, but I cannot. Expect to find one of the coolest, most outside the box escape room moments you’ll ever see early on in your adventure.
It left me giddy for the remainder of our robbery.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of unique themes for games I choose to play – but I also try to be as balanced as possible when I point out that in some cases, even the most mundane of themes can make for a great experience if designed right.
The Robbery that Changed the World, at it’s core, at least on paper is a “rob the bank” game that we’ve seen a million times before – but before you can let that taint your first impression, it pulls that paper out from under you and sets it on fire.
This game is, without a doubt, one of the best we’ve played.
Of any theme.
It’s a satisfying, exciting, challenging and believable experience that really transports you from player to would-be criminal. You have to think like a criminal. You have to act like a criminal. You have to escape like a criminal.
I keep coming back to “that coolest moment.” Obviously, I cannot and will not spoil anything for you – but I’ll say this. I’ve seen a lot. And as such, it takes a whole lot more to make me question my own actions. This “coolest moment” was one of a very rare few where I actually picked up the radio, called to the game master and said “I know exactly what you want me to do here, but I’m going to need you to tell me to do it.” It challenges your principles. You’ve been trained so many times that it’s wrong, yet you know it’s exactly what you need to do.
I love that reaction.
Komnata Quest is one of our favorite NYC venues, and without a doubt The Robbery that Changed the World is the best game we saw in New York City. By a lot. And truth be told, even after you cross the Hudson, this is still one of the best games anywhere in the United States.
Venue: Komnata Quest
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Number of Games: 8
GAME SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: 5 people
Group Type: Private / You will not be paired with strangers.
Cost: $33 per person (minimum two) or $28 per person (for groups of three to six)
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