I love immersive experiences. In London, I went crazy with Secret Cinema, Future Cinema, Edible Cinema and different types of immersive theatre. And in the midst of all this, I also had to try escape rooms.
After trying one escape room when I lived in London, which I loved, and another one in Lisbon when I first arrived, which I found lacklustre, I kind of forgot about it all until some friends invited me to go again. This time I tried a franchise: Saw from Escape Game Over and I really liked it. We were taken blindfolded into a room and were then handcuffed to a pipe or a chair or something in the set. Once the door closed we could take the blindfolds and from then on we had 60 minutes to free ourselves.
I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I have to say it was great fun and scary, after all, we were ‘reliving’ the Saw experience and we even got to see Jigsaw. The set was very realistic and impressive. In terms of gimmicks, there weren’t as many as in London. In here most of the challenges involved opening a padlock first which isn’t to say it wasn’t fun. I was genuinely scared in some parts and time passed too quickly although we did manage to escape around the 51-minute mark. As for everything else, the waiting room is quite cosy, there are free coffee, water and even some candy. The people working there were really nice and fun. As for the location, Bairro Alto, it couldn’t get any better!
Would I go back again? For sure. They’re potentially opening two new rooms, one being themed after Game of Thrones!
Regarding the price, it was €13.50 per person, we were 6 so it was pretty reasonable.