Next Level Escape: Ex Libris [Review]

NextLevelEscape-LogoLocation: Next Level Escape, Centre Point, Sydney , NSW, Australia

Date completed:  May 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 10Difficulty: 9; Atmosphere: 8.5; Fun: 9.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-10 players
  • Acute senses
  • 1 team member not colour blind

If you ever checked the About Us page, you will see that I describe myself as a bookworm. Before I became a puzzle-lover, little Pá was already a book lover, always with her eyes on some fantastic story. When we were invited by Next Level Escape to try their room, Ex Libris, I was immediately excited. A room about literature? In which you are trapped inside the book world? Why would I even want to escape from there? 😀

The risk of great expectations is that if they are not met, you can get really disappointed. That was not the case in Ex Libris, which was a beautiful, great escape room, with a myriad of tasks and puzzles of various types that fitted beautifully in its literary theme. Maybe people who are not so fond of literature may not feel as excited. But for me, who had Hercules, Frodo and Narizinho as some of my best childhood pals, it was a delightful experience.

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Barcelocked [Review]

Logo_Definitivo_Sombra_120x120Location: Barcelocked, El Born, BarcelonaSpain

Date completed:  April 2017 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 9; Difficulty: 8; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.5

Requirements:

  • No language required; hints in English, Spanish (Castillian) or Catalan
  • 2-7 players
  • One player not colourblind
  • Full mobility

To start this escape room review with an understatement, the Spanish Civil War was a very confusing time. Fascists versus communists, versus other communists, versus anarchists, versus other factions…. I’ll leave the history lesson to the Wikipedia link and just cover off by saying that this bitter conflict, which affected the course of history in the lead up to World War 2, continues to be a contentious topic in Spain now.

In Barcelocked, two major influences on Barcelona in the early 20th century were combined into a single plot – the Spanish Civil War and Antoni Gaudí, the brilliant architect behind the Sagrada Familia. Your team finds out that George Orwell (yeah, that Orwell. 1984, Animal Farm…) stole the plans for Sagrada Familia to impede its construction. Players have one hour to find the plans inside Orwell’s office and save the pride and joy of Barcelona. But what does George Orwell have to do with Barcelona? A fair bit, and turns out he wasn’t a fan of the famous basilica…

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