Skurrilum: Ghost Hunter Ernie Hudson and the Zoo of Death

Skurrilum: Geisterjäger Ernie Hudson und der Zoo des Todes

By | January 18, 2020

by Skurrilum (website)


3-6 players

Languages: EN, DE

60 minutes

Winner of a 2020 TERPECA awardWinner of a 2019 TERPECA awardWinner of a 2018 TERPECA award
A new case for ghost hunter Ernie Hudson and his team. The investigation will take you to the abandoned sandy bay zoo. It is said that strange noises can be heard between the cages and gates at night. A case for real professionals! Do you have the courage to take on the case? The story is also told using radio play elements. Look forward to various locations, countless effects and lots of surprises. Note: Both “Ernie Hudson” games can be played independently and do not require any prior knowledge.
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Rated between 45 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 7 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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jepzi rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 21 May 2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 48 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Christoph experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 23 Aug 2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 47:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
evan experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 20 Oct 2019 Team size: 6 Outcome: Successful escape!
Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 2019 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!

Expectations were very high for this adventure of Ghost Hunter Ernie Hudson and the Wailing Woman after it was voted best in the world by the Top Escape Project in 2018. The Wailing Woman room is definitely very well designed, decorated and executed, there was about 6 different rooms throughout the hour and it was really hard to tell where the doors were and what was going to be the next surprise.

The first room itself was great, I'm wondering if it wasn't my favourite room of the whole hour, even though it was technically only one puzzle in there, I just loved the immersion straight away.

The radio play really allows to never lose track of the story unfolding in front of your eyes, we knew why we were here and progressively what we were going to achieve to complete the room. The radio play system though, despite being described as an innovative system, didn't feel as well executed as other German companies I tried, like the Room in Berlin or Hidden in Hamburg. I often felt like the radio play was interrupting us in our actions more than narrating them (for example, we found a paper and right when my teammate was reading it, the radio play interrupted us to explain what the paper was saying. It should have either been triggered as soon as we put our hands on it or after we finished reading it.). But those narration is still a strong point of the room, it is needed to understand the story which is really strong and some puzzles were entirely relying on interacting with the narration which gave it strength.

Our game master, 'Jannus' was very enthusiastic and friendly and it helped putting us in the mood of that new Ernie Hudson adventure which character (and music) is very attaching. The amount of work that was put into those rooms and puzzles is really impressive. I don't want to say too much to not give it away but you do feel like you are travelling a lot and going through a large number of locations.

The room wasn't flawless as one puzzle had us beaten. A dexterity puzzle that didn't allow an easy reset and therefore forced the game master to direct us to a emergency key in order to skip the puzzle. I believe a room should not contain a puzzle that might block the game or stop the flow as it breaks the immersion and gives the player the feeling of unaccomplishment. Another puzzle seemed to have been missing or broken as one of the game masters previously told us that dressing up is required in the Wailing Woman, but dressing up didn't seem to have triggered anything in our room. Plus, there were two footprints on the floor at some point that didn't lead to anything which felt like a bug or that something was incorrectly reset in the room.

Overall, it is a very strong room with an impressive design that will keep everyone speechless. The Ernie Hudson stories are strong and very well written. It's a very enjoyable room for a team of 3-5 players!

🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 08/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

My favourite Skurrilum game, brilliant immersive story with some standout moments, just superb. 

Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 28/4/19 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Wow!!! Amazing top sets, immersive story telling, everything I want from an escape room. No rushing for a time limit in this case, just a great adventure through great sets and technology!

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Home to the two best games I’ve played – the Ernie Hudson mysteries. They’re the real deal: immersion, exploration, theatre, puzzles, decoration, audio, flow and narrative. In every way I can image, they deliver. And the other games aren’t bad either. If you’re ever in Hamburg go and play these games. And if you ever have the chance to go to Hamburg, seize it!
Ernie Hudson and the Zoo of Death has also shown that you can rely on the quality of Skurrilum’s adventures. Few rooms in Germany manage to present such a dense and believable story to the players as presented here. Despite the ghost hunter theme, The Zoo of Death isn’t really scary and offers a pleasant level of suspense, as can be found in The Three Investigators.

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