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.
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