LOCATION: Genèva, Switzerland
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📖 THE STORY
You have been recently contacted by a notary that has a testament from a great-great-great grand uncle of yours. What is strange is that you have never heard of its existence before (he died more than 50 years ago…) and what’s even stranger is that he bequeathed you his antiquity shop. Intrigued, you meet the notary at the shop to sign the papers and become the new owner, but right after signing you remember a quote stating “antiquaries are thieves of souls”. You decide to explore the shop (your new acquisition) with that quote in mind, in order to figure out why you thought about it…
🎯 HIT THE BULLSEYE
The venue is very well decorated (even from the outside), it looks like a real antiquary shop (apparently, sometimes some random customers enter the venue in order to buy stuff exposed in a showcase).
The transition between the introduction/pitch and the start of the game is very smooth, which is very appreciable. It changes from the classical “you have 60 minutes to get out of the room/find the exit/retrieve the lost artefact/save the world), please open the door and enter the room now”.
The room is very well decorated with a lot of old items that seem true (and for some of them, quite heavy so be careful when you manipulate them): props for the realistic environment!
🧩 MISSED THE MARK
Some places are a bit too dark: I understand it’s for a better immersion for the horror theme, but sometimes it is a bit difficult to clearly see what we are doing and if we are doing things correctly.
Some places are a bit narrow so you might feel a bit uncomfortable in a large group.
🏹 TAKE A SHOT?
Even if I sorted this room in the horror genre, it is still very mild: you don’t have any jump scare or an actor chasing you with a chainsaw. This room is not for the faint of heart thought as the general atmosphere and sounds you can hear can add quickly to your anxiety level (that is why it is not possible to play below 12 years old). Trip Trap offers here a pretty decent experience with interesting mechanics, but quite linear overall. I would recommend a group of 4 players maximum (3 would be perfect in my opinion).
ℹ️ ADDITIONAL INFO
For parking spots, you can either find a place in the nearby streets or in the train station underground parking lot.
Trip Trap asks to arrive 15 mins in advance if possible so you can enjoy the full experience
Pregnant women can take part to the adventure (if not too close to the term), some actions may result in slight discomfort. For people with disabilities, unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchairs and seems extremely complicated for crutches (presence of stairs and narrow passages)
No drinks or food unfortunately: the Catalpa bar is only available at the GRAND TRIP TRAP HOTEL
Toilets are available
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Disclosure: We thank Trip Trap for offering us a media discount for our tickets to this game. Although a media discount was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.