Next Level Escape: Ex Libris [Review]

NextLevelEscape-LogoLocation: Next Level Escape, Centre Point, Sydney , NSW, Australia

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

Creativity: 10Difficulty: 9; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 9.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-10 players
  • Acute senses
  • 1 team member not colour blind

If you ever checked the About Us page, you will see that I describe myself as a bookworm. Before I became a puzzle-lover, little Pá was already a book lover, always with her eyes on some fantastic story. When we were invited by Next Level Escape to try their room, Ex Libris, I was immediately excited. A room about literature? In which you are trapped inside the book world? Why would I even want to escape from there? 😀

The risk of great expectations is that if they are not met, you can get really disappointed. That was not the case in Ex Libris, which was a beautiful, great escape room, with a myriad of tasks and puzzles of various types that fitted beautifully in its literary theme. Maybe people who are not so fond of literature may not feel as excited. But for me, who had Hercules, Frodo and Narizinho as some of my best childhood pals, it was a delightful experience.

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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!

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Escape Hunt Perth: Murder in the Tavern [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; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 5.5; Fun: 7.5

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-5 players

Old man Bob used to go to Fremantle’s tavern every day and all his friends thought booze would kill him. Indeed, he found the end of his days holding his favourite cup. But it was not alcohol that killed him – he was murdered most foul! In Murder in the Tavern, you play a team of detectives instructed to find who committed this a horrible deed, and why. It’s a traditional Escape Hunt adventure and you have 60 minutes to solve the murder.

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Barcelocked [Review]

Logo_Definitivo_Sombra_120x120Location: Barcelocked, El Born, BarcelonaSpain

Date completed:  April 2017 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 9; Difficulty: 8; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • No language required; hints in English, Spanish (Castillian) or Catalan
  • 2-7 players
  • One player not colourblind
  • Full mobility

To start this escape room review with an understatement, the Spanish Civil War was a very confusing time. Fascists versus communists, versus other communists, versus anarchists, versus other factions…. I’ll leave the history lesson to the Wikipedia link and just cover off by saying that this bitter conflict, which affected the course of history in the lead up to World War 2, continues to be a contentious topic in Spain now.

In Barcelocked, two major influences on Barcelona in the early 20th century were combined into a single plot – the Spanish Civil War and Antoni Gaudí, the brilliant architect behind the Sagrada Familia. Your team finds out that George Orwell (yeah, that Orwell. 1984, Animal Farm…) stole the plans for Sagrada Familia to impede its construction. Players have one hour to find the plans inside Orwell’s office and save the pride and joy of Barcelona. But what does George Orwell have to do with Barcelona? A fair bit, and turns out he wasn’t a fan of the famous basilica…

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Time’s Up: The Pursuit [Review]

Escape-Room-Times-UpLocation: Time’s Up Escape Room, Waneroo (Perth), WA, Australia

Date completed:  January 2017 (5 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 7.5; Difficulty: 5; Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 8

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-4 players
  • One player not colour-blind

There is a serial killer spreading fear in Perth. As a special investigation team, you have been led to an apartment by an anonymous caller, tipping you off with the location of the elusive ‘HCK’, as your target is known. It had been 8 months since you last had a lead about him, so you cannot miss the opportunity. You arrive at the address; the door is slightly open. That’s never a good sign. Is his hostage still inside? Once you go check, the door slams. You are trapped! Now, before even thinking of catching the killer, you have to get out alive.

The Pursuit is recommended for up to four players, and that indication is correct. However, as we were meeting some very special friends (the Escape Room Hunters among them 😀 ), Time’s Up allowed us to play with five . How do you think our game went?

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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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