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 Hunt Melbourne: Abduction in the Graveyard [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: 4; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: 7.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-5 people
  • Music knowledge may assist but it is not necessary

 

Abduction in the Graveyard was the third room we played in our Melbourne escape room marathon. After a short break from playing Secrets of the Brewerywe were ready to tackle a plot where we had to locate the victim of a kidnapping held at a gravedigger’s workshop in the woods within one hour.

With our brains still buzzing from the previous two rooms, we went straight into this one and stepped into the gravedigger’s cabin. Let’s save the victim as quick as we can!

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Escape Hunt Melbourne: Secrets of the Brewery [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: 7; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • Acute Senses
  • 2-5 people

Some rooms are great surprises and Secrets of the Brewery is one of them. We have said before in this blog how we expect Escape Hunt to offer rooms more on the conventional side, right? Locks, combinations, nothing too techy. Well, Secrets of the Brewery is a point out of the Escape Hunt bell curve – it probably has the most interesting puzzles we’ve dealt with in a Escape Hunt venue until now.

The story is a whodunnit:  a Melbourne-based German brew master has been murdered by someone who wanted his  secret beer recipe. You play the detectives who to assist the Victorian police to locate the recipe and bring the perpetrator to justice.

The puzzles, on the other hand, a very varied and different. Your senses will be challenged, so keep eyes and ears open, focus on everything around you and have fun.

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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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Escape Hunt Sydney: Extortion in the Dockyard [Review]

Logos-for-website_0028_ESCAPE_HUNT_SYDNEY_LOGOLocation: Escape Hunt Experience Sydney, Sydney CBD, NSW, Australia

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

Creativity: 5; Difficulty: 4; Atmosphere: 6; Fun: 6.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-5 people

As it is traditional in most Escape Hunt venues in Australia,  Escape Hunt Sydney uses historical areas of the city as background. In Extortion at the Dockyard, the captain of a ship named Hercules, docked at Sydney Harbour, is being blackmailed, and you have to find out who’s doing it and why in 60 minutes.

This was the ‘medium difficulty’ room, according to the website, but we actually had an smoother run than in Robbery in the Cottage, their ‘easy’ room, and finished with a fair few minutes to spare. Remember your Geography classes at school? Some basic knowledge in that subject will make you save precious minutes here!

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Escape Hunt Sydney: Robbery in the Cottage [Review]

Logos-for-website_0028_ESCAPE_HUNT_SYDNEY_LOGOLocation: Escape Hunt Experience Sydney, Sydney CBD, NSW, Australia

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

Creativity: 5; Difficulty: 5; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: 6.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • Basic arithmetic
  • 2-5 people

Located in Sydney CBD, Escape Hunt Sydney uses The Rocks, a historic ‘old town’ of the city as background for its escape rooms. In the ‘easy level’ Robbery in the Cottage, a gold coin stash has been stolen from The Rocks’ largest workers’ cottage. You play the part of detectives trying to solve the mystery and catch the culprit before he disappears from the area forever. Whodunit?

We played this room on a Saturday afternoon and the place was just buzzing. We were a bit overwhelmed by how busy the place was, and we have to recognize the hard work of the staff. This room was fun but there were a mix of good and bad points which we’ll get to in the review below.

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