⍟⍟⍟. Somewhat Recommended by EscapeRoomers. Day 2 of the Blitz, and the first room of day. There were some major issues with Paniq Room this morning, almost resulting in missing our first two rooms of the day. In the end, it worked out. This was an interesting room with some fun design, but overall it felt worn down. See below for the full review.
Difficulty Level: ⍟⍟⍟
Hints Taken: 4
“You are in a semi-dark room. You have no idea for how long you’ve been here nor how you got there. It’s only you in the room. There is a voice recorder on the table. As you switch it on, a distorted voice says, ‘Hello! I wanna play a game.'”
Needless to say, the theme of this room was Saw. You start out handcuffed to the wall, only able to reach a couple of things. The room is dark. We couldn’t see much or feel anything useful. Apparently we were supposed to turn on the light, but couldn’t find it. The employee gave us our first clue within a couple minutes, telling us where the light switch was. Not a good start.
You are given a bag at the beginning, which is supposed to help you in some way. I didn’t think it was very obvious, and the employee telling us how to use them was another hint. Anyway, we ended up with 4 hints, one of which was annoying because we had done the right thing, but didn’t do it long enough. When we finally got out, we had no idea what our time was. We asked the employee, but he didn’t have any idea. We were also confused because we thought it was to lead to a tunnel directly into Lost, but the employee came downstairs and told us first we had to take a photo. The marathon is not any different than booking two separate rooms.
There were some props in the room that didn’t do anything. I suspect they used to be part of the game, but either broke or they gave up using for some other reason. There were some interesting puzzles, a couple new things we hadn’t seen before. Overall, the room had the feeling of a Saw-like room, which was fun, but I would not put this room in the top half of the rooms we visited. Considering the major problem with the start to the day (see below), I’m not in a hurry to try Paniq Szoba’s other rooms.
So, bear with me while I complain about Paniq Room, or Paniq Szoba. We booked 2 rooms back-to-back here, starting at 9 am. Their website offers doing two rooms in a row as a “marathon.” We took the Saw/Lost option. We showed up about 10 minutes early, hoping we could get started early. We rang the bell, and heard no response. We waited until 9:00, and rang again. No response. We waited until about 9:15, ringing the bell again and again. Nothing. We finally just left, and went back to our room, annoyed at losing the first two rooms of the day.
We get a call at 9:40. “Are you not coming to the escape game?” Turns out, the guy who was supposed to be there never showed up. They said someone was there now, so we walked back to the room. A guy answers apologizing for his fellow co-worker, and thanked us for not calling the company because the boss would fire him.
Anyway, we decide to try Saw anyway. If we get out quickly, then we can see about trying Lost. The employee then explains the rule, very slowly, while we were antsy to get started. We probably didn’t start until 10 am. We gave ourselves a cut-off time of 11:10 to make it to our other room booked at 11:30. So we started out the room with feeling like we had to rush to try and complete not one, but two rooms in just over an hour.
Budapest, 1085. Mária utca 29. Doorbell: PÁNIQ-SZOBA3 locations in Budapest. Saw, Lost, Sherlock, MindLabyrinth, and Time Trap all at the location above.
Open 7 days a week.