Saint Angelo’s Castle

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Pie Jesu domine, dona eis requiem (thud)

The sixth and final stop on our Boston trip took us to Komnata Quest. Located just west of downtown Boston, you’ll find Komnata’s entrance next to a small covered parking lot, tucked in about 50 feet from the street. It’s not the easiest location to find so we advise parking in the general neighbourhood and locating it by foot. If you do manage to find the location by car, there’s a small complimentary parking lot available; otherwise you’ll be restricted to street parking. Location troubles aside, we were curious to see what was in store for us, but nothing could’ve prepared us for what came next…

The doors entering Komnata were large, black, metal doors with no windows, preventing us from seeing inside. As the doors closed behind us, we immediately knew there was something very different about this place. Our eyes had to adjust to a dimly lit lobby where again there were no windows. A narrow foyer with brick faced walls, leather padded chairs, and matching 1930’s royalty furniture made us feel like we stumbled upon a secret hideout, or an elite nightclub… and we loved it! What made it even better was knowing the location wasn’t easy to find and almost intentionally hidden from the general public.

St. Angelo’s Castle was the second of two rooms we played for the evening. The first room, Dr. Frankenstein was incredibly fun, immersive, and had us amazed at the level of detail in room design. Given that the bar was set really high we didn’t know if it was reasonable to expect more of the same. So when we were asked to slip on some habits (monk’s robes with hoods and rope around the waist), blindfolded, then led into the room one-by-one, we were giddy to say the least!

From an overall perspective, the pre-room experience was excellent in a lot of ways, but still could have used a bit of improvement. The lobby is small and will only comfortably fit about 4-5 people waiting. There were no snacks or refreshments available, and the lobby’s air conditioning was low, which was unpleasant for those of us who don’t like humidity. The Komnata Boston team is working on ways to solve the spacing issue, but their options are somewhat limited by the building design… So having said all of this about our experiences BEFORE the room even started, what can be said about St. Angelo’s Castle itself?

Ordinarily this is where we’d break the game down the various aspects of puzzles, room quality, and immersion before letting you know if we had fun… but in this case, it’s easily summed up in one word… WOW!!! The room design was near flawless, the quality of materials, the props used, the amount of space used (and how the space was used)… etc. And this isn’t even beginning to touch on the incredible immersion. The atmosphere was as close to real as you could imagine. The rooms illuminated by electronic candlelight, the faint Gregorian chant echoing through the chambers, the set design… all of this happening while you’re moving throughout the bottom levels of St. Angelo’s Castle! Add to it some solid puzzle design, actual team building puzzles, and story development within the game and you can see why we can safely put all of these together to simply say ‘’Wow!”. The low level lighting at some points, and the lack of clarity in the story development may be sticking points for some people, but believe us when we tell you these are very minor compared to what makes this room incredible! We truly felt St. Angelo’s Castle was worthy of being a high quality movie set, with an equally impressive game… but we don’t want to give away too much of the experience so we’ll stop there.

It’s for all these reasons and much, much, more, St. Angelo’s Castle is one of the best escape rooms we’ve ever played! Not just in Boston, not just in North-East USA, but in the whole country! Our various ERA teams have played well over 700+ different escape rooms across the USA and Canada, and St. Angelo’s is hands down one of the best! It was because of this room, and a couple others in Boston, we decided to update our personal top 10 (or top 25) lists (as of August 2018) to reflect just how much we enjoyed it all! Now before we get carried away with how good this escape room is, there are some circumstances where this room may not be the right choice… First, if you have mobility issues or feel uncomfortable in small enclosed spaces, this game isn’t for you. Second, if you’re looking to book a pre-teen birthday party, again this room isn’t the best choice because of the levels of concentration, patience, and teamwork required. And finally, if you don’t enjoy dimly lit rooms that are illuminated by candlelight, then again this isn’t the room for you. Ideally, this room is best suited for 3-5 adults (or older teens) who enjoy role playing, mysteries, team challenges, and immersive environments. All of this happening while being surrounded by an impeccably realistic castle setting! If you’re in the Boston area or just visiting, make sure you book yourself into St. Angelo’s Castle!

Pie Jesu domine (thud), dona eis requiem (thud)

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