PANiQ-ROOM, The Rocks: Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks [Review]

Location: PANiQ-ROOM, The Rocks, Sydney , NSW, Australiapaniq

Date completed:  Oct 2015 (2 players). Succeded escaping!

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 6.5; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-8 players.

Do you want some challenge? Or actually, a LOT of challenges? Go for this room. Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks has as many puzzles as letters in its name. This room is spacious and can comfortably host a big group of 6-8 people, who will be busy because there’s a lot to do and to search for.

Pá and I recharged our batteries after failing Supercell 117 and came back to try this room. Our mission was to get into a military bunker and find confidential documents for the government. The problem is that there was a bomb in the venue, which would blow everything up (documents and yourselves included) in one hour! Yeah, we called the rescue team, but it was more than one hour away. So we’d better find the documents and learn how to disarm a bomb FAST!

The Bunker is an ideal room for large teams (4+ players). Even if you increase this number, there will be plenty for everyone to do. There are lots of items to find and the room is massive. We did it with two players, which required us to run from one end of the room to the other on a number of occasions and be very organized.

The puzzles in the Bunker include some standard combination lock breaking puzzles, but also others that have different requirements:  a good mind for technology perhaps. Or dexterity, observation, or even just the ability to filter through the numerous red herrings and remain focused.

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One particular puzzle made the (old) PC casual gamer inside us very pleased. Another thing that PANiQ-ROOM does quite well are puzzles that require a physical component, especially those that benefit immensely from good teamwork. At a certain point, Pa and I had all our four hands busy with one puzzle. Her tiny fingers were more suited for the job, but my big ones gave some support.

In short, there is something for everyone. The layout of the puzzles throughout the large room also flows very well, being linear some parts. Individually, difficulty level of the puzzles are not that high. However, with so many of them inside a room, Bunker will keep your heart pumping.

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The setting and props of the Bunker are done to resemble an early 20th century military office and PANiQ-ROOM have procured the right props to enhance that theme. We had a minimal issue with with the setting, one direction lock which did not work properly. The staff had to come to our assistance and even they had trouble unlocking it. Aside from that, the puzzles fit the theme and there were no other issues. Hints came through a telephone – which was quite cool.

After 57 minutes, we solved all puzzles, found the documents and disarmed the bomb (Pa’s hands were shaking, and in real life that would have been awful)! Success! We really enjoyed the experience, which we recommend.

Out of the room

Service: Staff was friendly, the briefing was efficient and they monitored us closely throughout the game without ever barging in. Even the hick up with the direction lock was very well handled. Following the game, we had a long chat about escape rooms in general, the types of rooms we’ve already played in Australia, Spain and Brazil and how PANiQ-ROOM’s puzzles have their roots in Hungary. The staff also gave us recommendations of other good escape rooms go to in Sydney which we appreciated.

Communication: Communication with the staff was conducted through a telephone, which suited the atmosphere. They were very quick to answer to our calls.

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Surroundings: Paniq-Room is located in the The Rocks and we went there on a weekend when The Rocks markets were on. The food stalls and the cafes in the area are excellent. At any day of the week, The Rocks is a very touristic point with good options for eating and sight seeing. If you’re going to be around at night, we recommend going on the local ghost tour nearby, which talks about the eery and colourful stories from Sydney’s past.

For other points of view on Abandoned Military Bunker on the Rocks, check out Escape Hunters, Escape Room Reviews and  Escape Rooms in Sydney. PANiQ-ROOM also have a third room, Sens3s, which we played and thoroughly enjoyed.

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