Xcapade: Project Indigo [Review]

xcapade_logoLocation: Xcapade, Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  November 2016 (2 players). Uncovered the mystery, but failed to escape!

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 8.5 ; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-6 players

In the third part of Xcapade’s escape room trilogy, the story concludes by tying together the mystery surrounding the missing journalist Sherlock from Apartment 73 and the morbid experiments of Dr. Frank from Laboratorium

The search for Sherlock continued and finally lead us to an old office belonging to Project Indigo, a covert ‘X-Files’ arm of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). For our overseas readers, ASIO is the equivalent of MI-5 (UK), DGSE (France), BND (Germany) and kinda like the FBI combined with the Department of Homeland Security (US).

Unfortunately for us, the office was rigged with a self destruct mechanism and we had only one hour to find uncover the mystery once and for all.

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Escape One: Bomb! [Review]

logoescapeoneLocation: Escape One, Corrego Grande district, Florianopolis, Brazil

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

Creativity: 5.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 7.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent Portuguese
  • 3-8 players

Most people who have heard of the paradise city Florianopolis, an island in the South of Brazil, know for its amazing 42 beaches and great seafood. It is a popular destination for Brazilians and other South Americans, who crowd the place during summer. But what to do when it rains? For many years the obvious answer was to go to the shopping centres, but not anymore! “Floripa”, as it is called by the locals, got its own escape rooms in late 2016!

I (Pá) got together with the best escape parents in the world (my own! :D) to tackle the rooms in Escape One. In the first room, we had to enter a historical building closed for decades to disarm a Bomb! installed by the terrorist group F.A.T.O. Our mission followed an unsuccessful attempt by another agent, who perished but managed to leave some clues behind. Floripa is too pretty to explode, so we really had to work hard!

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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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