by Sara · 26.06.2014 · Made In Berlin, Places · 4 comments

Who ever plays games any­more? I mean real games, games with friends. All we ever do is hang around in bars and waste our brain­cells on loud music. Not that I’m com­plain­ing — I just know that I’ve been look­ing for altern­at­ives bey­ond museums and movies and extreme sports that are excit­ing, can be done on a rainy day and don’t cost me a house and my first­born. Even Mono­poly gets bor­ing and the World Cup is bound to end at some point, right?

Well, I’ve finally found my new pas­sion (and a reason to reg­u­larly shout at my friends for being too slow or stu­pid): EXIT GAMES. After try­ing it out for the first time ever last night, I came to the con­clu­sion that I must do it again, and again, and again. It’s addict­ive and it’s real and it’s a thing you can do with your best friends or against your worst enemies. It’s just a game, but the thrill I felt was real.

I’ve you’ve ever watched David Finch­ers “The Game” you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t, here’s a short explan­a­tion that will not sub­sti­tute the actual exper­i­ence (I prom­ise): You’re on a mis­sion. Essen­tially, you have to leave a room in one hour, or save the world, or simply find your way out. The how to lies in the riddles and quests and clues across said room, and together with your team (never play this game alone), you’ll sweat and scream and hunt and com­bine and think, think, think.

I can’t tell you a lot more than this… you can’t explain the fun of paint ball, lazer tag or bowl­ing unless you’ve played it once and Exit is the same. Exit Games are appar­ently a big thing in Asia already, with ware­houses being trans­formed into new worlds and such. The pos­sib­il­it­ies are end­less, but even for a smal­ler ver­sion of the game — right here, in Ber­lin — it’s some­thing incred­ibly enter­tain­ing and cap­tiv­at­ing. To a cer­tain extend, I had to think of the Peri­stal Singum com­bined with a Schnitzeljagd.

For now you can play two mis­sions at EXIT GAME, one of them even against another team. There should be at least 3 play­ers to guar­an­tee fun (and suc­cess). I loved every minute of it and I can only highly recom­mend to hide in another world should the weather turn to shit again in the next week… at least for one hour. Oh and yes, it’s com­pletely suit­able if you don’t speak Ger­man as the riddles and clues won’t need any lan­guage skills. You should call before you head over there though.

EXIT Ber­lin
Lehrter Str. 16/17, 10557 Ber­lin
Tele­fon: 030 – 39 880 477

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  1. Had you any chance of check­ing this http://​www​.questory​.de out? Seems very sim­ilar.
    The approach of com­pet­i­tion and a “lead­er­board” they offer is really stu­pid. It’s fun if you can make teams of friends com­pete but with strangers it’s point­less because of vari­ous ways to cheat.

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