Escape Hunt Melbourne: Abduction in the Graveyard [Review]

Location: Escape Hunt Experience Melbourne, Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia Logos-for-website_0016_ESCAPE_HUNT_MELBOURNE_LOGO

Date completed: November 2015 (2 players). Succeeded
escaping!

Creativity: 6; Difficulty: 4; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: 7.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-5 people
  • Music knowledge may assist but it is not necessary

 

Abduction in the Graveyard was the third room we played in our Melbourne escape room marathon. After a short break from playing Secrets of the Brewerywe were ready to tackle a plot where we had to locate the victim of a kidnapping held at a gravedigger’s workshop in the woods within one hour.

With our brains still buzzing from the previous two rooms, we went straight into this one and stepped into the gravedigger’s cabin. Let’s save the victim as quick as we can!

The environment of Abduction in the Graveyard is darker than usual compared to other rooms we have played in the Escape Hunt franchise. Starting in a rustic cabin and progressing to the graves later, this room can be slightly scary for young kids however it is still very family friendly.

Although heralded as the high difficulty room in Escape Hunt Melbourne, we actually found Abduction in the Graveyard to be an easier room than the Brewery. The puzzles here were a mix of activities ranging from association based puzzles, math puzzles and some hide and seek.

wooden-house-in-the-forest-eh

For Pa, the high point of the room, was a puzzle that she cracked relatively quickly due to the her knowledge of music. Although not necessary to decypher the puzzle, musically skilled people may have a slightly easier time.

Riddles also feature strongly here although it is not as straightforward as you might think! One of them kept us stuck for some time and we will admit – we decoded part of the answer and used some numerical ‘brute force’ for the rest. No, we did not break anything! (To ‘brute force’ a puzzle actually means to try every possibility available. Room Escape Artist from New York provide a pretty good explanation for this).

The layout of the puzzles in this room is quite nice for small groups and the room has a pretty good flow which encourages activity.

26.5 minutes after starting, we cracked Abduction in the Graveyard and saved the kidnap victim to the surprise of the Escape Hunt Melbourne staff. The time placed us in second place for quickest time back then although I’m sure others have beaten it since that time. We were so proud 😀

 

Out of the room

Service: The staff at Escape Hunt Melbourne was very friendly, made us comfortable at the venue’s nice waiting room and served us water, biscuits and tea. As we finished the room, she also gave us a token for a picture in the photo machine.

Escape Hunt Melbourne has lockers for personal belongings outside each room.

Communication: Escape Hunt Melbourne uses an intercom system to facilitate talking with the staff for hints.

Surroundings: There are so many things to see/do/eat in Melbourne CBD that it’s hard to list. Escape Hunt Melbourne is easy to reach by tram or even walking if you are in the city centre. If you are looking for food, we would suggest wandering a bit on nearby streets, so you will see why the place is famous for its cafes and restaurants. There is plenty.

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