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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Unexpected Exit: Blast Radius [Review]

Unexpected-Exit-Escape-RoomsLocation: Unexpected Exit, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Date completed:   Jan 2017 (2 players). Failed to save the day!

Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 7

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-10 players (we highly recommend 3+)
  • 50 minute game

The Zamorian terrorists are planning to strike Newcastle again! They really have a beef with the city! 🙂  After our previous failed attempt to prevent the attack on the city in The Terror Cell,  Pa and I recently returned to Unexpected Exit to confront the terrorists from the fictional state of Zamoria once more.

This time around, we were trapped in another of their hideouts. Pa was kept hostage in a separate room from me and we had 50 minutes to find the bomb, defuse it and get out. It seemed like we were in big trouble!

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BreakOut: Magician’s Revenge [Review]

logo-bigLocation: BreakOut, near Chinatown, Singapore

Date completed:  September 2016 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • One team member not colour blind
  • 2-8 players (we recommend 3-4)

One of the great things about the escape room hobby is meeting interesting people. During our trip to Singapore, we had the chance to meet Janice, the author of Escaping.SG, and play Magician’s Revenge with her and her friend at BreakOut. Talk about a  QUICK problem solver! If you are going to Singapore, make sure to check out her blog, as she is the local Escape Queen!

Magician’s Revenge is a sequel to a a previous room by  BreakOut, Magician’s Secret. While that room is now retired, you can still enjoy the new one even if you did not play the prequel. In the past, you were a young apprentice and uncovered the most famous trick of a great magician. He did not forget that, and now you are locked in his chambers. Who knows what kind of revenge he is planning to unleash upon you?

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Riddle Room: The Bomb Defusal [Beta Test Review]

Location: Riddle Room, Mitchell (North side Canberra), ACT, Australiariddleroomlogo

Date completed: Jan 2017 (2 players). Test successful, bomb improved!

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

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players
  • One team member not colour blind
  • Acute senses
  • 35min room
  • Not recommended for first time players

We may be at the edge of incurable, as escape room enthusiasts. The other day, we were home late at night after a tough day at work, in pajamas, after shower, and saw a little post on Facebook: “Would anyone be able to test an escape room now?” In 5 min we were awake, properly dressed and driving down to Riddle Room in Canberra. Nothing else mattered – there was a bomb to be disarmed!

Bomb Defusal is a 35min game with a straightforward story: you are agents of the bomb squad and a device was located. You must enter the location and use the right tools and techniques to avoid the destruction of the city. This game starts the moment you enter Riddle Room’s venue – locating your defusal kit and the room with the bomb is actually part of your mission!

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Xcapade: Project Indigo [Review]

xcapade_logoLocation: Xcapade, Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  November 2016 (2 players). Uncovered the mystery, but failed to escape!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 8.5 ; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-6 players

In the third part of Xcapade’s escape room trilogy, the story concludes by tying together the mystery surrounding the missing journalist Sherlock from Apartment 73 and the morbid experiments of Dr. Frank from Laboratorium

The search for Sherlock continued and finally lead us to an old office belonging to Project Indigo, a covert ‘X-Files’ arm of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). For our overseas readers, ASIO is the equivalent of MI-5 (UK), DGSE (France), BND (Germany) and kinda like the FBI combined with the Department of Homeland Security (US).

Unfortunately for us, the office was rigged with a self destruct mechanism and we had only one hour to find uncover the mystery once and for all.

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Xcapade: Laboratorium [Review]

xcapade_logoLocation: Xcapade, Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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

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

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • One team member not colour blind
  • 2-6 players

Two hundred years ago, when a 18 year old Mary Shelley wrote the first drafts of Frankenstein, she could never have imagined that it would become canon for gothic horror literature (not to mention becoming one of the first science fiction novels).  She also probably couldn’t have realised that this masterpiece would inspire plays, songs, movies, and….. escape rooms. Xcapade’s Laboratorium gorges in references from the novel and will be especially interesting for those who appreciate the story of Dr. Victor’s creation.

However, Laboratorium is not a room about Frankenstein. As we mentioned before, all rooms in Xcapade belong in the same universe and follow a story. In this escape room, we infiltrated the Laboratorium of Dr. Frank in search of our friend and journalist, Sherlock, who was kidnapped from his home in Apartment 73. Sherlock was on the trail of suspicious activity related to the theft of corpses at the time. Is he in the lab? What is Dr. Frank actually researching, and how does it connect with Sherlock’s investigation? Why is the scientist so interested in the works of his Gothic namesake? We were really curious to find out.

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