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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Secret Rooms: Nightmare [Review]

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

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

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English or Italian (only for hints)
  • 2-5 players
  • At least 1 team member with full mobility/acute senses

 

We found out about Secret Rooms while looking for things to do in Milan on Trip Advisor. Looking at rooms in there is a bit of a hit and miss, for reasons well discussed in this post by  Escaperoomer. However, this one was certainly a big hit: Nightmare was a very elaborate, complex and bold room. Thankfully, not TOO scary! 😀

The story is simple. You wake up and you find out that you’re not in the real world anymore. Your spirit is trapped in some sort of nightmare. You must use the power of five mystical medallions and your wits to escape this creepy realm. This room makes excellent use of technology and does not require language for the puzzles – you only use a bit of English or Italian if you need hints.

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Trap Milano: The Tomb [Review]

logotrapmilanoLocation: Trap MilanoMilano Centrale region, Milan, Italy

Date completed: March 2016 (2 players). Failed!

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English or Italian (for hints)
  • 2-5 players

A series of disappearances followed by the kidnapping of a little girl in a dark alley of Milan is the background story to The Tomb, certainly the darkest themed room we’ve played in months. As you progress in the game and investigate the area where she was last seen, the secrets and information that unfold will make the kind-hearted gasp.

Trap Milano created a large, intense and extremely well equipped room in The Tomb. The first area is a recreation of a dark alley with residences to explore, mailboxes, benches, trash bins. There is a lot to do, and playing with only two players, we ran out of  time as we reached the final puzzle. So, grab a team of 4 or 5 before entering The Tomb. According to Trap, only 20% of groups manage to reach the end.

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Trap Milano: The Pyramid [Review]

logotrapmilanoLocation: Trap MilanoMilano Centrale region, Milan, Italy

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

Creativity: 8.5;  Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 7.5

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English or Italian (for hints)
  • 2-5 players
  • Full mobility

We surely lost count of how many locks we have opened since we started playing escape rooms, a bit more than a year ago. So, when our gamemaster in Trap Milano said The Pyramid had no locks at all, we were quite surprised. “Not even one?”. Nope. An entire room with a lot of puzzles, but no keys and no number locks to open. Wouldn’t it be enough to call your attention?

Besides that, The Pyramid also has a very interesting story. A pharaoh named Hor had no descendants, so he built a pyramid full of challenging enigmas. Whoever could get out of that mysterious trap would be worth of the throne of Egypt and would become the next pharaoh. Those who perished had their souls lost in the underworld forever.

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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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Fox in a Box Firenze: Florence Central Bank [Review]

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

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

Creativity: 7.5;  Difficulty: 6.5; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 9

Requirements:

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

You and your band of rogues are informed about a ‘behind-the-curtains’ room in the Florence Central Bank. Its vault guards a deposit of beautiful, sparkling diamonds, and the only person with access to that room is stinky Mr. Pig. You manage to turn the alarm off for 60 minutes while he’s away. Will you go in and take those beauties to yourself? If you do, better do it right, because the police is right behind you!

Fox in a Box’s Florence Central Bank allows you to be the bad guy for one hour – better in a escape room than in reality, right? On the way, be prepared to disarm and unlock a lot of fun traps and tricks!

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Lost Space: Looking for Venus [Review]

logo-lostspaceLocation: Lost Space, Historical Centre, Florence, Italy

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

Creativity: 4; Difficulty: 3.5; Atmosphere: 1; Fun: 6.5

Requirements:

  • 2-6 players
  • English, Italian or Chinese (Mandarin)

It’s hard to write a harsh review. Any player would prefer to experience only good rooms and write good things about them. Looking for Venus was an awkward experience for us. We were extremely well treated by a lovely gamemaster at Lost Space – and that’s the reason we ended up having fun. However, the room was so bare… It was..’meh’.

In this room, Venus, the Roman goddess of love, is angry with humanity because they forgot the true meaning of love. In your dreams, you go to her temple to recover this secret and appease her wrath. And that’s what we found…

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Adventure Rooms Firenze: The Black Queen [Review]

Logo-AR-340x80Location: Adventure Rooms Firenze, Historical Centre, Florence, Italy

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

Creativity: 6.5; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 6; Fun: 8

Requirements:

  • 2-6 players (we recommend 2-4)
  • Basic English or Italian (for hints)
  • Acute senses

Adventure Rooms is a very popular Swiss franchise of escape games with venues all around the world. We heard about them when they opened in Adelaide (South Australia), but we have not had the chance to go there yet. So, when we found out they had a venue in Florence (where we were spending a few days), we decided to give it a go.

In the Black Queen game, the challenge is to use your senses to solve the puzzles around you and escape from the Queen’s prison. Of course, if you firstly manage to get rid of the handcuffs tying you and your team mates to the wall.

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Escape Rome: Bodies [Review]

Location: Escape Rome, Via Carlo Botta (Termini region), Rome, Italyescape_rome_logo_small

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

Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • 2-5 players
  • To be unafraid of the dark
  • English or Italian (for the hints)

Before we started Bodies, our third room at Escape Rome, our gamemaster Daniel asked us two questions: “Are you afraid of the dark?” and “Can you think like a madman?”. As my sincere answers to these questions were “a bit” and “I hope not!”, I could foresee some difficult times ahead. Thankfully Trapspringer was by my side. He’s not a madman at all, but at least he’s fine in dark places!

Bodies is the hardest room in Escape Rome. Evil Professor Carmelo is doing experiments with living human specimens  and you were trapped in his lab. To escape, your team will have to decipher his insane logic and take some hard decisions to see the light of day again.

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Escape Rome: CSI [Review]

Location: Escape Rome, Via Carlo Botta (Termini region), Rome, Italyescape_rome_logo_small

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

Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 6.5; Atmosphere: 6; Fun: 7

Requirements:

  • Basic Italian or English
  • A team member with good eyesight
  • 2-5 players

A major diamond was stolen and players have one hour to find out who is the culprit. To do that, you will need to do some basic CSI forensics, access databases and, of course, solve some puzzles along the way.

As a forensics based game, CSI requires methodical searching. You start your game in an office with simple furniture, shelves and the normal equipment you find in a place like this. Do not rush and look at everything. Make sure a person in the group has eagle eyes, they will come handy!

Escape Rome gave us quite a challenge in this escape room although a lot of the difficulty was of our own making! Continue reading “Escape Rome: CSI [Review]”