Secret Rooms: Sabotage [Review]

logo-secretroomLocation: Secret RoomsVia Ruggero Boscovich 48, Milan, Italy

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

Creativity: 9;  Difficulty: 8; Atmosphere: 9.5; Fun: 7.5

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English or Italian
  • 2-5 players

In Sabotage, the second room we played at Secret Rooms in Milan, you have a “simple” mission: save the world from the Third World War. You are agents from a special task force and must infiltrate a secret military base to steal the nuclear warhead launch codes. You must also find out where is the launch site.

If you play escape rooms regularly, you have probably come across a “stop the bomb” scenario by now. However, Sabotage has many strong points, the best of them being that all puzzles are part of the story and are well tied-in with the plot. You actually have to pay attention to information about places, people and other random data that you find along your way.

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Fox in a Box Firenze: The Bunker [Review]

logo_big_fox_florenceLocation: Fox in a Box Firenze, Historical Centre, Florence, Italy

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

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

Requirements:

  • Basic English
  • 2-6 players
  • Acute senses
  • Basic Geography

Your situation in The Bunker is pretty grim: Evil Mr.Pig pressed the red button and a nuclear catastrophe is about to unravel! You have one hour to deactivate the missiles and save the world. To do that, you count on your team, your wits and on an incredible Nuclear Briefcase – but the thing is chained to a wall!

The first task is to find a way to unlock the briefcase. Once it is done, you have to carry it around to complete the deactivavtion process. The Nuclear Suitcase in The Bunker is one of the coolest props we’ve seen in a escape room. Basically, you carry half or your escape room with you all the time!

This room by Fox in a Box was thrilling, fun and a good surprise. I (Pá) usually do not have much interest for Cold War-like scenarios, but this one was so creative that I take my hat off! (Or should I say my helmet? :D)

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Escape Hunt Melbourne: The Tram Bomb Heist [Review]

Location: Escape Hunt Experience Melbourne, Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia Logos-for-website_0016_ESCAPE_HUNT_MELBOURNE_LOGO

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

Creativity: 6; Difficulty: 3.5; Atmosphere: 5.5; Fun: 7.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • Basic arithmetic
  • 2-5 people

The Tram Bomb Heist, located in Melbourne CBD, was the first room we played in a escape room marathon we did last year in Melbourne. It was a good choice: we had just landed in the city, it was still early and brains were not at full speed. Escape Hunt tends to have rooms more on the conventional side of spectrum, so it’s seems a nice place to start if you are playing many rooms in a row, or if you are new to escape rooms to begin with.

The story happens in a very iconic Melbourne setting: a tram. If you ever visited the city, you know how they take you everywhere. So, you are the detectives who must find who planted a bomb in a newly-inaugurated tram line before it explodes, in 60 minutes. Yeah, we did it. And quick enough to catch the suspect and enter this room’s top 5 quickest list! Huzzah!

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Unexpected Exit: The Terror Cell [Review]

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

Date completed:  Jan 2016 (2 players). Failed to save the day!

Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 10Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 7.5

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-10 players (we recommend 5+)
  • 50 minute game

Terrorists from the fictional country of Zamoria have conducted a number of attacks in Australia and a cell has been tracked to Newcastle! The players of The Terror Cell were tasked with investigating this group, but something went really wrong: they were captured and brought to the cell’s safehouse. Backup will not arrive in time and it’s up to the team to investigate the terrorist plot, find out where, when and what sort of attack is being planned. Ah, and you have to escape before a chemical device is initiated!

This intense beginning propels the players of The Terror Cell  into the most challenging escape room we’ve encountered yet, making us score a room with ’10’ for the first time in this blog.

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Enigma Room: Dr Disaster [Review]

logo_white_edgy2Location: Enigma Room, Sydney CBD (near Town Hall), NSW, Australia

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

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 6.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players
  • Acute senses

In Dr Disaster, a Kim Jong Un-esque crazed villain has decided to destroy the world’s capital cities with nuclear missiles, and you have one hour to stop him! We arrived at Enigma Room expecting a James Bond scenario but ended up with Austin Powers or Kingsman.  Shake it, baby!

With the preponderance of dark themes in the escape room genre, it’s nice to be fighting a hilarious control freak supervillain rather than escape from some horrible fate for a change.

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PANiQ-ROOM, The Rocks: Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks [Review]

Location: PANiQ-ROOM, The Rocks, Sydney , NSW, Australiapaniq

Date completed:  Oct 2015 (2 players). Succeded escaping!

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-8 players.

Do you want some challenge? Or actually, a LOT of challenges? Go for this room. Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks has as many puzzles as letters in its name. This room is spacious and can comfortably host a big group of 6-8 people, who will be busy because there’s a lot to do and to search for.

Pá and I recharged our batteries after failing Supercell 117 and came back to try this room. Our mission was to get into a military bunker and find confidential documents for the government. The problem is that there was a bomb in the venue, which would blow everything up (documents and yourselves included) in one hour! Yeah, we called the rescue team, but it was more than one hour away. So we’d better find the documents and learn how to disarm a bomb FAST!
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