Xcapade: Project Indigo [Review]

xcapade_logoLocation: Xcapade, Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  November 2016 (2 players). Uncovered the mystery, but failed to escape!

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-6 players

In the third part of Xcapade’s escape room trilogy, the story concludes by tying together the mystery surrounding the missing journalist Sherlock from Apartment 73 and the morbid experiments of Dr. Frank from Laboratorium

The search for Sherlock continued and finally lead us to an old office belonging to Project Indigo, a covert ‘X-Files’ arm of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). For our overseas readers, ASIO is the equivalent of MI-5 (UK), DGSE (France), BND (Germany) and kinda like the FBI combined with the Department of Homeland Security (US).

Unfortunately for us, the office was rigged with a self destruct mechanism and we had only one hour to find uncover the mystery once and for all.

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Xcapade: Laboratorium [Review]

xcapade_logoLocation: Xcapade, Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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

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

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • One team member not colour blind
  • 2-6 players

Two hundred years ago, when a 18 year old Mary Shelley wrote the first drafts of Frankenstein, she could never have imagined that it would become canon for gothic horror literature (not to mention becoming one of the first science fiction novels).  She also probably couldn’t have realised that this masterpiece would inspire plays, songs, movies, and….. escape rooms. Xcapade’s Laboratorium gorges in references from the novel and will be especially interesting for those who appreciate the story of Dr. Victor’s creation.

However, Laboratorium is not a room about Frankenstein. As we mentioned before, all rooms in Xcapade belong in the same universe and follow a story. In this escape room, we infiltrated the Laboratorium of Dr. Frank in search of our friend and journalist, Sherlock, who was kidnapped from his home in Apartment 73. Sherlock was on the trail of suspicious activity related to the theft of corpses at the time. Is he in the lab? What is Dr. Frank actually researching, and how does it connect with Sherlock’s investigation? Why is the scientist so interested in the works of his Gothic namesake? We were really curious to find out.

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Xcapade: Apartment 73 [Review]

xcapade_logoLocation: Xcapade, Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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

Creativity: 7.5; Difficulty: 6; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8.5.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • One team member not colour blind
  • 2-6 players

As avid readers, old-school nerds and RPG players, Trapspringer and I really appreciate a good story. This fact is no exception for escape rooms: we tend to prefer those that make you feel like part of a narrative. When we found out about how all of Xcapade’s rooms are part of a larger plot, we had to try it!

We started by playing their easy-level game, Apartment 73. A journalist friend of yours, called Sherlock, has not been in touch for a while. He was busy investigating something for his newspaper, The Argus, and so you decide to stop by his place to see how he’s doing. Getting there, the door to Apartment 73 is open, as if he was waiting for you… but no! The door slams behind you! The race is on to find out what happened to Sherlock and to get out, because something weird is going on!

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Pop Up Playground: Room Service [Review]


puplogLocation:
Room Service, upper floor Preston Markets, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  November 2016 (3 players). Succeeded surviving!

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 8.5; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 7.

Requirements:

  • 2-6 players
  • Fluent English
  • 30 minute game

We found ourselves working a Room Service shift in a 1970s hotel. After getting a somewhat frantic welcome by our new employer, we were led into the kitchen of the hotel, where we soon found out that we were on the menu and we had 30 minutes to keep the guests out of the kitchen! After that, we were free to leave. If we didn’t keep them out though, the guests (in creepy masks) would turn us into their fillet mignon. Or casseroles. Who knows about rich cannibals?

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Pop Up Playground: Small Time Criminals [Review]

stcLocation: Small Time Criminals, Preston, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  November 2016 (5 players). Raided $1.5 million worth of loot!

Creativity: 10Difficulty: Varies; Atmosphere: 9; Fun: 9.

Requirements:

  • 2-6 players
  • Fluent English

Ever want to rob a bank? This is the very simple premise behind Pop Up Playground‘s massively immersive heist game, Small Time Criminals. Having wanted to play this for ages, we recently kickstarted an escape room marathon by taking in a team of five to raid the very questionable firm Eureka Futures. Think Ocean’s Eleven and the Italian Job.

Is this game actually a escape room? Not really. But labels are not important here. It has a story, puzzles, tasks to perform and a lot to explore. Let your raider side take flight and avoid the security guard!

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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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Orz Escape: Secret Invitation [Review]

orzLocation: Orz Escape, Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia

Date completed:  April 2016 (5 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 7.5; Difficulty: 9.5; Atmosphere: 5; Fun: 7.5.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • Good numeracy and mathematics
  • 3-6 players
  • 45min room

A Secret Invitation has been given for your investigation team to an abandoned laboratory connected with a serial killer. The team moves in quickly and somewhere along the way, things go awry. There are 45 minutes to escape the predicament.

After confronting evil clowns in the Vanished Carnivale and an odd Endless Dream at Orz Escape, we took up the Secret Invitation to find out more about this serial killer.

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