Note: This room has apparently been rebranded as Mission X – The Love Confession. No idea if the puzzles are the same, but it seems likely.
Their description: You have always been in love with Shizuka, but never been able to muster up the courage to tell her. Today, with Doraemon’s magic tools, you have finally decided to give a cherry blossom bouquet to Shizuka and confess your love. This is not going to be smooth sailing, from what we always know from the comic. So can you overcome the challenges? Will Shizuka say yes? Will your dream finally come true?
The two rooms at Xcape’s third outlet, Xcape Funtasy, are rather different from your usual escape rooms. This Doraemon room, in particular, is almost entirely task-based; there are barely any puzzles in the usual sense of the word.
But who needs puzzles when you have such fun tasks? This room features many gadgets from that fictional world, some of which were genuinely cool even to jaded veterans like us, and all of which contribute to the magical atmosphere of this room. It also helps that the tasks are largely non-tedious and logical; you’re never really at a loss for what to do.
Speaking of atmosphere: the setting is technically rather bare, with a heavy reliance on painted backgrounds, yet it manages to feel more convincing than should be possible (with one particularly fun touch midway through). You could even argue that the 2D backgrounds fit the comic/cartoon’s source material…
Another way in which this room differs from Xcape’s usual offerings is that it’s very narrative-driven — and in a rather unique way. To say more would be to spoil the fun, but suffice it to say that you get a real sense of progressing through the story, and it doesn’t involve reading lots of boring text.
In a word: fun. And given that the room was basically one tech-based flourish after another, the single malfunction we faced (which was quickly resolved by a staff member) doesn’t seem too bad.
RECOMMENDED for anyone who wants to have fun, especially beginners. Just don’t come here looking for an intellectual challenge.
Puzzle difficulty: 2/5
Puzzle logic: 4.5/5
Multimedia aspect of puzzles: 3/5
Atmosphere and setting: 4/5
Exciting flourishes, use of technology or physical aspects: 5/5
Storyline integration: 4.5/5
Their suggested number of players: 4 to 6
My suggested number of players: 3 to 5