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LOST Taiwan 忠孝店 (Zhongxiao) - "The Walled City"

Updated: Mar 13


LOCATION:  Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan

Photo above is property of LOST Taiwan 忠孝店


Photo above are property of LOST Taiwan 忠孝店


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📝  ETR DECODER

  • 🔑 GAME: The Walled City

  • 📅 DATE PLAYED: July 2, 2023

  • 🎬 GENRE: Adventure, Mystery

  • 🧠 DIFFICULTY (Based on 2 ppl): 5/10

  • 👥 TOTAL # OF PLAYERS: 2-6 ppl

  • 🕒 LENGTH OF TIME: 60 Mins.

  • 💰 PRICE: 1,200NT/2PPL

  • ☎️ BOOKING TYPE: Private

  • 🔓 ESCAPED/ COMPLETED?: Yes


📖 THE STORY

You and your friends are in Hong Kong researching the history of the Walled City of Kowloon. You learn that the King of Kowloon had been given the deed to the city by his ancestors by the emperor. During World War II, they hid the deed of the land somewhere in their residence. Unfortunately, a fire burnt down the building and it was nowhere to be found.


You decide to visit the Walled City when suddenly, you're struck by lightning and transported back in time to about an hour before the fire broke out. Are you able to find the deed, change history, and become the new King of Kowloon?

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🎯 HIT THE BULLSEYE

  • The storyline for "The Walled City" was unlike anything we've experienced before. Taking a historical event and creating a way to revisit that time period with an opportunity to change the future with one objective made this seem not only interesting but also unique.

  • The dim lighting, candles, old wooden furniture, and aged wallpaper, all contributed to the decor of the room. The set design really transported us back to the old Kowloon.

  • The clues to a few of the puzzles in the room were clever in their design and gave the players a clear indication of what to do without giving away the solution.

  • Since the escape room is located in a building complex, there wasn't too much space that could be utilized for the game, but the designer was able to still provide a few "segments" that gave us a multi-room experience.

🧩 MISSED THE MARK

  • We hope a more clever and clear hint system could be implemented as when we asked for a hint, the game master had to physically come into the room to explain further what couldn't be heard through the walkie-talkie.

  • One of the puzzles at the beginning had a very long sequence. It could be shortened by adding a couple of puzzles to the room.

  • There's a puzzle in the latter part of the game that had a "redundant clue" that confused our thought process at getting to the solution.

  • The deed could have been put in a more secure place as we were confused on whether or not we had actually found it in the end.

  • The ending felt inconclusive as we were unsure what the connection of the last puzzle was to finally gain possession of the deed. It lacked a "celebratory" moment.

🏹 TAKE A SHOT?

This is our first time trying escape rooms in Taiwan. We were really excited and picked this theme as it's a theme that's unique to the Asian culture that we probably will not see anywhere else or at least the authenticity of the set or backstory might be interpreted differently. We appreciate the fact that LOST still tries to incorporate Asian roots and history into their escape rooms. We were also surprised by the fact that even though the room had a lot of decor that had Chinese written all over it, the puzzles were solvable without any language limitations. Definitely check out this fun location when visiting Taiwan!


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ℹ️ ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Located on the 5th floor (Elevator available)

  • There is a small waiting area with seating

  • This game is available in English & Chinese

  • Games available for purchase

  • Lockers available

  • LOST has multiple locations in Taiwan and all over Asia

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Disclosure: We thank LOST Taiwan 忠孝店 for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion of the review whatsoever.

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