Trip Trap: The Chest: Rackham’s Revenge

“As assistants to Professor Adrian Grant, a famous archaeologist who has dedicated his entire life to finding the real treasure of the pirate Jack Rackham, you enter a strange laboratory where, between an Aztec mummy and various curiosities, lay two wooden chests, just brought back from the Amazon jungle.”

Game experience: VERY GOOD
Immersion   Puzzles   Hosting
4,0 stars   4,5 stars   4,5 stars

This game is a follow-up from one of the older escape rooms at this venue, Jack Rackham’s Treasure, but in a very different format: to succeed, you need to open Jack Rackham’s chest. For this, you’ll part in two teams, each busy trying to open its own treasure – a competitive mode that is a rarity in the world of escape games. I’ve played a few “escape-in-a-box” experiences, and this one was certainly the best! The introduction to the game is very fitting, as is the museum-like decor, the rustic material used for building the various layers of the box, the evolution of the scenario and the gamemaster guidance. Just keep in mind that there is only one room, and you should not expect the same kind of wahoo effects or grandiose decor that you can find in other games at the same venue. A great feature is that if you are a company, no less than 16(!) boxes can be brought to your premises for a teambuilding event, on each of which a team of up to 5 people can play! It is also deeply satisfying to see, once the game is over, that everything you needed was (nearly) under your nose… (you’ll understand once you finish playing it!)

Immersion 4,0 stars
  • A credible and refined atmosphere.
  • Beautiful materials.
  • No large-scale wahoo effects or grandiose decor.
Puzzles 4,5 stars
  • An original format.
  • The possibility to bring the game to teambuilding events.
  • The competitive mode.
Hosting 4,5 stars
  • A good guidance with a perfect timing in the hinting process.
  • A good actor game.

Performance: Our team of two (with a total newbie to the world of escape games) opened the treasure with only a few seconds left, after two very long last minutes during which we were sure that we would never make it. Great time management by the gamemaster!

Difficulty: The difficulty is entirely customizable depending on the help you will receive from the gamemaster, and will also depend on how well the other team performs!

At the same venue: Trip Trap features a bunch of amazing escape rooms across three locations in Geneva, such as the world-famous Aunt Hilda’s Room or the newer Antiquary’s Testament. Stay tuned for four more reviews in the next weeks!

Elsewhere in the escape galaxy: I played a couple of somewhat similar “escape-in-a-box” experience: Tales of the Ghostly Galleon at Hourglass Escapes in Seattle, and the now defunct Bledard-Sur-Seine Escape Café in Paris – on top of many smaller escape box experiences that several escape venues propose as a warm-up before playing a room. This one was the best though! Also, if you like this kind of concept, you will certainly love the video game The Room.

Want to play this game? Book here.

Game tested in September 2021 (Introduction text and image: Trip Trap)

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