Social Escape: Baker Street Mystery  [Beta Test Review]

sociallogoLocation: Social Escape, Alexandria, Sydney , NSW, Australia

Date completed:  October 2016 (2 players). Failed… We were so close!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 8.5; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 8.5.

Requirements:

  • 2-6 players
  • 1 team member not colour blind
  • Fluent English

We were recently invited by Mark, the owner and gamemaster of Social Escape, to test out their hard level escape room in the Baker Street Mystery. After we warmed up our brains by playing Paris Escape, we took on the role of detectives who had one hour to solve a murder mystery and dismantle the notorious Baker Street Five – a high profile gang that has been terrorizing Victorian London. This room had a constant pace, witty riddles and clever puzzles which defeated us. But we were so close!

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Social Escape: Paris Escape [Beta Test Review]

sociallogoLocation: Social Escape, Alexandria, Sydney , NSW, Australia

Date completed:  October 2016 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 4; Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 8.5.

Requirements:

  • 1-4 players
  • 1 team member not colour blind
  • Basic English

People who follow this blog may have noticed we travel a lot. So when Mark from Social Escape invited us to test his rooms, I immediately got interested in both games, themed around Paris and London. In Paris Escape, we saw ourselves in a situation we would rather not experience: you are about to take a flight home and cannot remember where you placed your return tickets! If you do not find them in one hour, you will lose the flight!

Although the idea of being stuck in Paris would not exactly be horrible, Paris Escape was a very fun game! This beautiful room has an interesting proposal: to be suitable for beginners, kids as well as keeping the interest of more experienced players. This room can also be played with only a single player! In our opinion, Social Escape nailed it. If you want to introduce friends to the awesome hobby of escape rooms, this can be a very good start.

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PAX Australia 2016 Panel: The Past, Present and Future of Live Action Escape Games [Commentary]

Location: PAX Australia 2016, Melbourne Convention Centre, VIC
When: 6 November 2016
Panel: Joan (Labyrinth), Jesse (Riddle Room), Matt (Enigma Room), Tom (Cubescape), Robert (Pop Up Playground)

After completing an escape room marathon in Melbourne, we rushed from Xcapade to PAX Australia 2016 to hear about ‘The Past, Present and Future of Live Action Escape Games ‘. There was a solid turnout from the audience and given that this was the very last panel of the event, it was very encouraging to see. Another positive sign was that, different from last year, most of the audience had experience with escape rooms as well. Upwards and onwards for the Australian live escape game industry!

The main areas discussed by the panel mainly revolved around the future of the industry and how technology could affect it in the coming years. We’ve taken the liberty to sum up some of the key points below.

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Orz Escape: Secret Invitation [Review]

orzLocation: Orz Escape, Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  April 2016 (5 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 7.5; Difficulty: 9.5; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: 7.5.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • Good numeracy and mathematics
  • 3-6 players
  • 45min room

A Secret Invitation has been given for your investigation team to an abandoned laboratory connected with a serial killer. The team moves in quickly and somewhere along the way, things go awry. There are 45 minutes to escape the predicament.

After confronting evil clowns in the Vanished Carnivale and an odd Endless Dream at Orz Escape, we took up the Secret Invitation to find out more about this serial killer.

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Orz Escape: Endless Dream [Review]

orzLocation: Orz Escape, Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  April 2016 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 5; Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 4.5; Fun: 5.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-6 players
  • 1 team member not colourblind
  • 45min room

You and your friends are stuck in the same puzzle-filled dream every night. During one of these episodes, you all decide to solve the puzzles before you wake up to find out what is behind all of this. There is only one hour for the sunrise, so hurry up!

With a premise that had the potential for an Inception style thriller escape room, Endless Dream felt flat. We’ll explain why.

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Orz Escape: The Vanished Carnivale [Review]

orzLocation: Orz Escape, Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  April 2016 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 7.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • Acute senses
  • 2-6 players
  • 45min room

Evil clowns. They seem to be everywhere these days. Melbourne has a hilarious reputation of being a city full of hipsters, so I guess Orz Escape lived up to this reputation when they did an evil clown escape room before they became mainstream. Enough of bagging out Melbourne though. If you suffer from coulrophobia – the fear of clowns – this is a room to avoid. They are CREEPY.

The Vanished Carnivale is home to the greatest clowns the world has seen. However, after every show, it seems like the troupe of clowns is becoming smaller and smaller. Have they been disappearing? Did I mention that they are evil clowns? We found ourselves handcuffed to the wall of the Carnivale at the start of the investigation and had one hour to solve the mystery.

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Encounter: The Hospital [Review]

encounterlogoLocation: Encounter, Geylang Rd, Singapore

Date completed:  September 2016 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 9.5; Fun: 9.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-8 players (we recommend 2-4)

The Hospital takes place after the events from The Apartment, where the Fong family vanished from the face of the Earth. Having experienced the supernatural horrors involved with their disappearance, the investigation continues in an abandoned hospital, where we had one hour to delve into this claustrophobic setting to investigate the mystery.

The Apartment was the most thrilling and engaging game we played in our first trip to Singapore. We could not leave without finding out more. We needed to enter The Hospital.

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