Realmz: Curse of the Mummy [Review]

realmz-logoLocation: Realmz Escape Game, Morley, Perth, WA, Australia

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

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 9; Fun: 9

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 45-minute room
  • 2-5 players

If you have ever been to a big amusement park, such as Universal Studios or Disney World, you have probably been to those rides full of animatronics, sounds, lights and things moving around you. Curse of the Mummy feels like that – as if you had just entered a movie set or one of those “Disney World-esque” places. It is beautiful. The attention to detail is amazing. It was so much fun! Do not be fooled by Realmz’s simple entrance door! Once you step into the tomb, you will probably be surprised by your surroundings.

Then you ask “ok, but what’s the deal?” The deal is that in ancient times, a particular pharaoh was not allowed to complete his transcendence to the other world after death. Those who manage to bring back honour to this pharaoh’s name and complete the trip into the afterlife “shall be granted wealth and power beyond their wildest imaginations”. Sounds good! However, those who fail must perish inside his eternal tomb. Not so good…

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Escape Hunt Adelaide: The Collector’s Curse [Review]

Logos-for-website_0012_ESCAPE_HUNT_ADELAIDE_LOGO.pngLocation: Escape Hunt Experience Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Date completed: Mar 2017 (2 players). Succeeded
escaping!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 8.5; Atmosphere: 9.5; Fun: 9.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-5 people

After solving the mystery behind the Somerton man cold case in Spy on the BeachPá and I took a different turn and assumed the role of detectives helping the Adelaide branch of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Apparently, one of their members, mysteriously known only as the Collector, has stolen and made off with three of their artifacts. What’s more, he has also been dabbling in dark magic! We had one hour to get on the case, enter the Collector’s home, and retrieve the artifacts. Once inside, we also had to find a secret password which would unlock the dock to get out.

The Collector’s Curse is billed as the hard difficulty room at Escape Hunt Adelaide and they weren’t kidding! This dazzling game definitely proved a challenge.

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Escape Hunt Adelaide: Spy on the Beach [Review]

Logos-for-website_0012_ESCAPE_HUNT_ADELAIDE_LOGO.pngLocation: Escape Hunt Experience Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Date completed: Mar 2017 (2 players). Succeeded
escaping!

Creativity: 6; Difficulty: 6; Atmosphere: 5.5; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-5 people

On the morning of 1 December 1948, the body of an unidentified man was found on Somerton Beach south of Adelaide. Investigations into the death of this individual gradually uncovered a strip of paper with the Persian words tamám shud (it’s finished). This piece of paper was subsequently identified to have been ripped off a copy of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a collection of poems attributed to the 12th-century poet Omar Khayyám. As the mystery deepened, the book itself had a phone number and what appeared to be encrypted text written on one of it’s covers. Under these circumstances, the Tamam Shud case, also known as the Mystery of the Somerton Man, became one of the the most famous cold cases in Adelaide folklore.

In Escape Hunt Adelaide’s Spy on the Beach, players are taken back to 1948 at the scene of where the Somerton Man was discovered and have one hour to solve the mystery surrounding his death. One hour to solve a 70 year old cold case? Sure, why not?

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Captivate: Labyrinth Dead Men Walking [Review]

cativatelogoLocation: Captivate, Singapore Shopping Centre (Dhoby Ghaut MRT), Singapore

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

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

Requirements:

  • Basic English
  • One player not colour blind
  • 75 minute-room
  • 2-10 players (we recommend 3-6)

You are hired by the Chief of Police to go undercover as an inmate at the Wessex Prison to try to discover why death Row inmates are disappearing from the morgue after their execution. Gruesome stuff, right? It gets worse. Whoever is doing it finds out that you are a snitch, and brings YOUR execution forward. You have one hour to unravel the mystery before all your investigation (and your life!) goes to the bin.

Captivate’s Labyrinth Dead Man Walking is probably the most spacious escape room we’ve been to date and can easily accommodate 10 people, which can be good for parties. The game, however, is not hard and can be solved with two people. Independently of the number of players, you all start the cuffed in a very awkward way, and finding out how to walk around is the first step to your freedom.

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Captivate: FBI Zero Hour [Review]

cativatelogoLocation: Captivate, Singapore Shopping Centre (Dhoby Ghaut MTR), Singapore

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

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 8.5.

Requirements:

  • Basic English
  • Full mobility
  • One player not colour blind
  • 75 minute-room
  • 2-12 players (we recommend 3-6)

In this very surprising escape room, you work for an FBI anti-terror squad and must enter a school which is under a bomb threat. A genius mastermind stole dangerous chemicals and intends to blow up the entire place! Not many rooms in Singapore develop characters and stories, but FBI Zero Hour presented a very singular “enemy” for us to fight against, with an unexpected background!

We began our game in a normal classroom, where we should gather evidence and track the culprit. But there is much more in a classroom than books and computers… What happens if we look into people’s past instead of inside their bags?

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Escape Rooms Central Coast: Espionage [Review]

logo-3Location: Escape Room Central Coast, Charmhaven, Central Coast, NSW, Australia

Date completed: Jan 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 6; Atmosphere: 6.5; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English.
  • 2-8 players
  • Family friendly

When a journalist who had uncovered evidence of a global conspiracy network has disappeared from his apartment, Pa decided she could not leave a fellow journo’s fate in the shadows. The idea of spending some time in the Central Coast may also have appealed to her. So we took the car and started our journey towards Escape Rooms Central Coast. It was up to us to find out what have happened, preferably within one hour!

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Escape Room Treasure Hunt: Escape the Past [Review]

erth-logovLocation: Adelaide Fringe Festival (17 Feb – 19 Mar 17), Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Date completed: Mar 2017 (7 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English.
  • 2-8 players (public ticketing)
  • Family friendly

Remember those Cold War-era nuclear test videos where these fake towns get annihilated? The source of some of these well known videos come from the Nevada Test Site, which has been used since January 1951. As Chrono-Cops, Pa and I as well as five strangers were sent back to late-1950 to change the past related to the establishment of these tests. Mission was successful, but trouble struck and our time travelling device was destroyed! We reached our safe house, a dinghy hotel room in Las Vegas, and needed to construct a time portal to return to the present and Escape the Past.

This mobile escape room from the US company Escape Room Treasure Hunt (ERTH) has been doing the rounds through Australia, initially with Perth’s Fringe World Festival (Jan – Feb 17) and will be at the Adelaide Fringe Festival until 19 Mar 17. We just happened to be in Adelaide at the time and simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play this room.

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