Normally, escape room owners limit themselves to quite a standard content on their websites, which makes them look identical like Chinese appear to the Western world — polite, complaisant, though, at the same time, disengaged and foreign, and, therefore — not conceived.
We want to offer here a humble long read (not that long, don’t worry) from the authors in some sort of ‘human’ language where we will try to say what we have to say.
Let it sound corny, but our rooms are made with love. We do not purchase ready-made scenarios or any kind of quick-and-dirty franchise solutions to make easy money on trendy amusements with a minimum expense. It is more a passion than a business for us. Or, boutique business, if you insist.
And those are not just words. We are the only offline business in Ukraine who works on the pay-what-you-want (PWYW
) approach. There is no one else, really. There was an american café in front of British Council, but, it was. You like — you pay, not liked — not obliged, we do not feel offended (disappointed, of course). It is honest. And honor is more important than money.
We’ve been creating quest scenarios for almost 10 years, and we’ve made a lot of mistakes before to avoid it later on. To understand why ‘impeccable’ author’s logic is causing bewilderment and perplexity so often. You will always find clues (over hints) that will help to follow the right way in our games, comrades.
We believe that quest is an intellectual pleasure, above all, and tend to avoid a popular superfluous shift to ‘show’ and ‘wow’. Surely, we know when to stop, and our visitors are in no way expected to have encyclopaedic knowledge, though, on other side, we would not attribute horrors and buffoon performances to a true quest. Don’t be afraid of thinking, the dose of dopamine obtained by solving the riddle is the sweetest fruit that evolution has given to us.
We care about style. And details. Do not save on props. If we realize that that thing from Papua is right for us we could wait for three months while it gets delivered with a homing pigeon, since there is no other post in Papua (joke, almost).
Also we strive to stand out. Not just thematically, no — although, it matters too, who will be excited with another nuclear bunker or prison. But, more with approach, and original ideas, that you will not find anywhere else (except stolen). We think about them every day. Constantly improve logic and mechanics, as there is no limit to perfection. It is easier to stand within the trend, but mainstream is not remembered.
In general, that’s it. Come by. We will be glad. Looking forward. Hopefully, you too.