Escape Hunt Perth: Poisoning in the Café [Review]

Logos-for-website_0019_ESCAPE_HUNT_PERTH_LOGOLocation: Escape Hunt Perth, Fremantle (Perth), WA, Australia

Date completed:  January 2017 (3 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 5.5; Difficulty: 5; Atmosphere: 6.5; Fun: 7.5

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-5 players
  • One player not colour blind.

As any typical Australian, a famous cricket star went to his local café in Fremantle for his daily coffee. However, when he got back home, he collapsed, to the horror of his family. There is a suspicion of food poisoning – not the common type, but the murderous one! In Poisoning in the Café, you and your team have one hour to find an antidote that will enable the sport star to recover in time to play in his next cricket test!

Differently from other Escape Hunt games, in this room you do not have to find the suspects of the crime (although there is a culprit for what happened). The main objective is to find the antidote and save your athlete friend. The game starts in the dining room of his house, where a lot of tea-set props are everywhere. It was fun to see the amount of crockery and glass the designers included into this part of the room!

There are many association puzzles in the this game that will, among other things, involve colours, so we emphasise that it is important to have players non colour blind in your team. As you advance and explore other parts of the house, the kitchenware gives room to cricket memorabilia and sporting paraphernalia: bats, flags, balls. Fortunately, you do not need to know cricket rules to solve any puzzles. (Thank goodness for that – that is a game I have real trouble understanding)!

Although association will be the skill most in demand, the hardest puzzle in the room will depend on interpretation and logic. Take your time, pay attention to the hints you find and what they actually mean. If you do everything right, you will find the antidote to help your friend. You may be in doubt of which of the options is the right one, but once you see it, you will be certain of your choice!

This is probably a good room if you have younger players in your team – they can help with search and most puzzles (maybe except for the last one). It is not too difficult and they will be able to help.

Diferently from the other two rooms at Escape Hunt Perth, which we played at that time, Poisoning in the Café did not have a white board to write your notes, so be organized! We escaped relatively quickly, as association puzzles tend to be our forte (and the ‘search’, which tends to be our weak point, was easy in this room). In 30-odd minutes, we saved our friend from a horrible death. He would even have enough time to have a proper breakfast with non-lethal coffee! 🙂

Poisoning in the Café was also the newest room of the Escape Hunt Perth when we played. Everything was brand new and the all the props worked beautifully. As we mentioned in our review of Murder in the Tavern, the family who own this branch of Escape Hunt is very careful with their business and seems to replace items quickly when they wear out. They’ve opened a new room after we visited the place, called Escape from the Mine. This new room substituted a prison escape game that was starting to get a bit too worn, and the gamemaster told us at the time that “it was not ideal to let rooms get in  bad shape”, hence why they closed it. We highly appreciate that mindset and owners that care about their props!

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Out of the room

Service: The staff at Escape Hunt Perth were extremely friendly and engaging. We learned that the venue is run by a family and their enthusiasm was really noticeable. Hints were given promptly and the staff tracked our progress in the game well. There are refreshments for free for players.

Communication: You use a walkie-talkie to communicate with the gamemaster, who can come into the room to give you a hint if necessary. Although the entrance may break he flow of the game, the rooms are not too big and our GM was very quick, trying to keep the interruption to a minimum.

Surroundings: Escape Hunt Perth is located in Fremantle, a 20-minute drive from Perth CBD or a slightly longer train ride. It is just a few meters from Cappuccino Strip, famous for its many outdoor cafes and restaurants. We enjoyed the historical tours in the Fremantle Prison, which give you a very interesting perspective about the area, from the beginning of the settlement to the modern days.

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