PAX Australia 2016 Panel: The Past, Present and Future of Live Action Escape Games [Commentary]

Location: PAX Australia 2016, Melbourne Convention Centre, VIC
When: 6 November 2016
Panel: Joan (Labyrinth), Jesse (Riddle Room), Matt (Enigma Room), Tom (Cubescape), Robert (Pop Up Playground)

After completing an escape room marathon in Melbourne, we rushed from Xcapade to PAX Australia 2016 to hear about ‘The Past, Present and Future of Live Action Escape Games ‘. There was a solid turnout from the audience and given that this was the very last panel of the event, it was very encouraging to see. Another positive sign was that, different from last year, most of the audience had experience with escape rooms as well. Upwards and onwards for the Australian live escape game industry!

The main areas discussed by the panel mainly revolved around the future of the industry and how technology could affect it in the coming years. We’ve taken the liberty to sum up some of the key points below.

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EXITUS (formerly Escapism) at King St Wharf: The Garden [Review]


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EXITUS, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD, NSW, Australia

Date completed:  Jan 2016 (5 players). Succeeded escaping.

Creativity: 4; Difficulty: 3; Atmosphere: 3; Fun: 2.5.

Requirements:

  • 50min
  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players. We recommend no more than 4.

Quite simply, The Garden had the potential to be a pretty decent escape room but was let down in some key areas. Set in a magical garden which has trapped the players, this room was well decorated but a number of issues constantly reminded you that you were in an escape room co-located with a bowling alley. We really tried to have fun, but it was a frustrating experience. We’ll get onto this in the review below.

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