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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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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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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