Powerhouse Museum: The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes [Review]

SherlockLocation: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney CBD,  SydneyAustralia

Date completed:  August 2017.

Creativity: 6.5; Difficulty: 3.5; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 7

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • Adult: $27; Concession: $25; Child (4–16): $16

I’ve always liked visiting Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum since I was a kid. With it’s enormous displays on all manner of transport, space travel and other technology, I was never bored. Over the last decade, the museum has had a number of interesting exhibitions which cater to my geeky side: Star Wars, Harry Potter…  and now, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. 

Admittedly, interest in the Great Detective was always a thing with Pá but I’ve come to appreciate Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation through the last few years if for no other reason than the mysteries being set in one of my favourite settings – Victorian England. This exhibition takes visitors back 200 years to the era of the Industrial Revolution, rampant crime and incredible developments in science through an interactive adventure. Time to put on a quaint accent, a hat and a carry a walking stick.

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Social Escape: Paris Escape [Beta Test Review]

sociallogoLocation: Social Escape, Alexandria, Sydney , NSW, Australia

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

Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 4; Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 8.5.

Requirements:

  • 1-4 players
  • 1 team member not colour blind
  • Basic English

People who follow this blog may have noticed we travel a lot. So when Mark from Social Escape invited us to test his rooms, I immediately got interested in both games, themed around Paris and London. In Paris Escape, we saw ourselves in a situation we would rather not experience: you are about to take a flight home and cannot remember where you placed your return tickets! If you do not find them in one hour, you will lose the flight!

Although the idea of being stuck in Paris would not exactly be horrible, Paris Escape was a very fun game! This beautiful room has an interesting proposal: to be suitable for beginners, kids as well as keeping the interest of more experienced players. This room can also be played with only a single player! In our opinion, Social Escape nailed it. If you want to introduce friends to the awesome hobby of escape rooms, this can be a very good start.

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Roomraider: Where’s Cuddles? [Review]

logoroomraiderLocation: Roomraider, Orchard Road, Singapore

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

Creativity: 5; Difficulty: 3.5; Atmosphere: 5.5; Fun: 7.5.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-10 players (we recommend 2-3)
  • Full mobility
  • At least one team member not colour blind or tone deaf
  • 45 minute room

Oh, no! Your favourite teddy bear, Cuddles, disappeared! What should you do? Go to Teddy Bear Land and look for him, of course! How can anyone be happy without Cuddles?

It had been some time that I (Pá) have been looking for a cute room to play (something  we’ve even mentioned to Essa from Intervirals). Where’s Cuddles? by Roomraider in Singapore is a very simple, easy and kids-friendly room. It’s not glittery and sparkly, but it is definitely colourful! It was quite a relaxing game during our trip to Singapore, and was stacked with plushies!

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