Lock-Clock: Aztec Treasure [Review]

lock-clockLocation: Lock-Clock, Gothic Quarter, BarcelonaSpain

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

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • No language required; hints in English or Spanish (Castillian)
  • 2-5 players

Yo-ho-ho, a pirate’s life for me! Yarr… Actually, no really. They would spend months in the sea pillaging and lacking vitamins, which is not all that appealing. But everyone has played pirates before, right? And their popularity has had a recent resurgence, reinforced in recent years with the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and Black Sails tv series. A key part of this genre has been the treasures taken from the new world, shipped back to the Spanish crown in treasure fleets, which were some of the prime targets of pirates because they would transport tons of gold and silver from Latin America to Europe.

Lock-Clock used the historical background of Spanish navigation to create a very fun and family-friendly escape room, Aztec Treasure (Tesoro Azteca, in Castillian). You are the assistant team to Captain Pablo in a galleon loaded with gold. In an unfortunate night a storm hits and the ship is sinking! Your mission is to recover as much of the treasure as you can. If you will retrieve it for your boss or sell it to the pirates later, it’s your call… But find the gold coins, yaaarrrr!!!

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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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ClockLocked: Cleopatra [Review]

clocklogoLocation: Clocklocked, Ultimo, Sydney , NSW, Australia

Date completed:  July 2016 (3 players). Succeeded escaping!

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

Requirements:

  • 3-7 players
  • One team member with full mobility
  • Intermediate English
  • 90 minute room

Cleopatra is the newest room in ClockLocked and also the biggest: it is a 90-minute room! What is Cleopatra about?  A long-time friend sends a package with a message to your team, saying he is in an excavation project in Egypt. He claims to have found an ancient treasure and is now being chased by smugglers. The treasure has been hidden and he has left notes for you to retrieve it.

Will you be quick enough to find the artifacts and your friend before the fiends find you? Be ready to grab a Fedora hat and a crack whip and start the treasure hunt!

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Escape Hotel: The Temple [Review]

logo-escapehotelLocation: Escape Hotel, Pinheiros district, São Paulo (SP), Brazil

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

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

Requirements:

  • 3-7 players
  • Fluent Portuguese or English (for hints)
  • Basic Math

You and your team of archaeologists found the ruins of an ancient temple. Legends say that uncountable treasures are inside, as well as the bones of many adventurers who tried to retrieve it in the past. A curse will be unleashed in 60 minutes, so you better get that gold out quickly!

The Temple (O Templo in Portuguese) was the second room we played at Escape Hotel, and the setting is impressive. The tall, heavily-decorated room transports you very quickly into the jungle setting. One of the owners of Escape Hotel specialised in cinematography, and the benefits of that are visible in this beautiful and fun game.

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Mission Room Escape: Vampire Castle [Review]

mission-real-life-room-escape-logoLocation: Mission Room Escape, Sydney CBD, NSW, Australia

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

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 6.5; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players (we recommend 3-4).

You and your friends are in a remote area when it begins to rain. For some reason, your group thinks it’s a good idea to seek shelter in a mysterious dark castle situated on a hill. Night sets in as you enter through the main door, just to find out you entered the lair of a vampire! The door magically locks the door behind you and you soon find yourselves caught in the middle of a full blown vampiric civil war. There’s only one hour to solve the mystery of this ancient conflict and escape.

Since we started playing escape rooms, we heard a lot about Mission Room Escape in Sydney. We finally managed to get rooms on a Saturday, which required booking one month in advance. The place is indeed very popular! We were curious to find out what the fuss was all about and started with their beginner level challenge, Vampire Castle.

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Trap Milano: The Pyramid [Review]

logotrapmilanoLocation: Trap MilanoMilano Centrale region, Milan, Italy

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

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English or Italian (for hints)
  • 2-5 players
  • Full mobility

We surely lost count of how many locks we have opened since we started playing escape rooms, a bit more than a year ago. So, when our gamemaster in Trap Milano said The Pyramid had no locks at all, we were quite surprised. “Not even one?”. Nope. An entire room with a lot of puzzles, but no keys and no number locks to open. Wouldn’t it be enough to call your attention?

Besides that, The Pyramid also has a very interesting story. A pharaoh named Hor had no descendants, so he built a pyramid full of challenging enigmas. Whoever could get out of that mysterious trap would be worth of the throne of Egypt and would become the next pharaoh. Those who perished had their souls lost in the underworld forever.

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