Date completed: April 2015 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!
Creativity: 6; Difficulty: 3; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8.
Knowledge requirements: Fluent English compulsory.
Kidnapped on the Beach was our introduction to the world of escape rooms, and which better way to start a Escape Room blog than with our very first experience?
We discovered this type of game while planning for a trip overseas. Pa and I love puzzles and riddles, so we were keen to try Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast to understand what we were getting ourselves into. Little did we know that we were about to start an addiction!
We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience and would recommend the Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast rooms to beginners. We escaped it without using any hints and 10 minutes to spare. We felt soooo proud (for first timers), but the staff kindly told us that Kidnapped on the Beach is the ‘Very easy level’ game with a stated rate of completion of 85% of participants. Oh, well. It is certainly a good choice for families with kids. Relatively easy, not scary and fun!
The plot of Kidnapped on the Beach is straightforward. Players have to rescue a kidnapped heiress in an hour. The further you get in the game, the more suspects you uncover. The room was very well maintained with a distinct beach side feel – sand, sea shells and surf were part of it. Props were properly integrated into the puzzles, clues and items were cleverly hidden and the locks were in good condition.
Fluent English in needed to understand and solve puzzles. We mention this for non-English speakers or English as second language players.
Puzzles tended to be ‘Escape Hunt standard’ (if you played other Escape Hunts around Australia, you know the gist), but we did not know that at the time. Find clues, find keys, get the combinations and open locks. The amount of puzzles were easily playable with only two players.
In summary, we had lots of fun and got addicted to this thing. We then went straight to their next room: Murder in the Cellar.
Out of the room
Service: Staff were friendly and patient with first-timers and provided excellent service (tea, biscuits in breaks). They were happy to chat with customers and provided good tourist advice for local restaurants. There a fantastic burger place just a few meters ahead.
Communication: Escape Hunt standard, using walkie-talkies to provide hints. Staff were not intrusive.