Lock-Clock: Gaudi’s Secret [Review]

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

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

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

Requirements:

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

It’s 1936, the Spanish Civil War is raging and Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia basilica, then under construction (as it still is now), is attacked by Anarchist militias! They set the workshop of the genius Antoni Gaudi on fire, and you have one hour to recover his architectural plans for the Sagrada Familia from complete destruction.

A number of escape room venues in Spain tap into the rich local history to provide inspirations for their rooms. In Gaudi’s Secret, Lock-Clock draws upon events which marked the development and continue to affect the construction of Barcelona’s landmark attraction. If you have visited the city before, you will be familiar with many items in this recreated workshop.

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Expedition Escape Rooms: Da Vinci’s Secrets [Review]

Location: Expedition Escape Rooms, Civic (Canberra CBD), ACT, Australia

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

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 9

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players

With only one hour to find a secret map containing the location of Da Vinci’s never before seen inventions, players are thrust into a race against a nefarious evil power who also seeks to gain this most prestigious and mysterious of prizes.

Da Vinci’s Secrets is Expedition Escape Room’s fast paced adaptation of RUSH’s Da Vinci Down Under from Melbourne, albeit with minor alterations.

We recently took advantage of a limited time discount deal with Expedition to revisit this escape room and see how Canberra’s newest escape venue performed. We were not disappointed!

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Escape Room SP: Atelier [Review]

Escape Room SPLocation: Escape Room SP, Vila Mariana district, São Paulo (SP), Brazil

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

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 9.5; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8

Requirements:

  • Fluent English or Portuguese
  • 4-10 players
  • At least one team member not colour blind

Your investigation team has received information on an art forger operational in São Paulo and the leads have pointed to his/her Atelier. You do not know the identity of this forger or if the pictures in the Atelier are original or fakes. There is, however, a big scheme and a lot of money involved, so you better start investigating!

A police team is heading to the airport, which closes in one hour after the international flights depart. That’s the time you have to find the information to identify the forger and the proof to convict him/her. Otherwise, this person will get away to an unknown destination.

If you like art, this escape room is for you – real information about paintings and painters is used in abundance in Atelier. Put your inner artist to work!

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RUSH Escape Game: Da Vinci Down Under [Review]

Rush Escape Game - Escape Room in MelbourneLocation: RUSH Escape Game, South Yarra, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date completed: November 2015 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 9

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players

Da Vinci Down Under is RUSH’s thrilling Dan Brown-esque escape room where players have one hour to find a secret map that ‘reveals the locations of Da Vinci’s never before seen inventions’. Trouble is, the secret society that has protected this map are a rather enigmatic lot and there is a supervillain of some sort also after this key prize.

Despite the proliferation of escape rooms in this genre, Da Vinci Down Under was one of the more beautiful and memorable escape rooms we have ever played. Read more below to find out why!

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Lost HK: Castiglione [Review]

IMG_6570Location: Lost HK, Causeway Bay (near Times Square), Hong Kong

Date completed: Jan 2016 (2 players). Succeded escaping (with extra time).

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: 7

Requirements:

  • Fluent English, Cantonese or Mandarin
  • 2-10 players
  • 45 minute room

Centuries ago, an Italian designer called Castiglione sculpted the statues of 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. They went missing, suspected to be in a palace he formerly lived in, and you have 45 minutes to retrieve the treasures before the bridge is lifted. Sounds like a pretty interesting story, huh?

We have to admit it was very hard to find attractive plots to play in Hong Kong. Lost HK, where we played Castiglione and a few other rooms, was the only one we actually felt like trying. Do you want to know why? Keep reading to find a few examples of things we refused to do 😛

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