Expedition Escape Rooms: Da Vinci’s Secrets [Review]

Location: Expedition Escape Rooms, Civic (Canberra CBD), ACT, Australia

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

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

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players

With only one hour to find a secret map containing the location of Da Vinci’s never before seen inventions, players are thrust into a race against a nefarious evil power who also seeks to gain this most prestigious and mysterious of prizes.

Da Vinci’s Secrets is Expedition Escape Room’s fast paced adaptation of RUSH’s Da Vinci Down Under from Melbourne, albeit with minor alterations.

We recently took advantage of a limited time discount deal with Expedition to revisit this escape room and see how Canberra’s newest escape venue performed. We were not disappointed!

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Unravel: The Wish [Review]

logo-1Location: Unravel, Bugis Junction, Singapore

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

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

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-10 players (we recommend 2-4)
  • Full mobility

Note: Unravel unfortunately closed it’s doors for the last time in November 2016.

In Unravel, players take on the role of a private detective Kai and his team to tackle mysteries and horrors inspired by Singapore’s history and folklore. Pá and I have always liked the idea of escape rooms based on local stories so this venue piqued our interest.

In The Wish, the grandson of a man named Lim requests Kai’s assistance to locate the family heirloom, which was taken from his grandfather by the invading Japanese forces during World War 2. Word has it that the Japanese stored valuables in a secret chamber of an automotive factory where Lim worked. Players have one hour to locate the heirloom and get it to the grandson in time for Lim’s 91st birthday.

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Escape Rooms Canberra: Mr. Keller’s Magic Emporium [Review]

ercLocation: Escape Rooms Canberra (ERC), Phillip (South side Canberra), ACT, Australia

Date completed:  September 2016 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 9.5Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 9; Fun: 9.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players
  • At least one person not colour blind

We found ourselves applying for a position with an old fashioned toyshop named Mr. Keller’s Magic Emporium, where Mr. Keller had left us with a series of tasks and puzzles to solve in one hour. The door locked behind us and we were treated to a shopfront that was odd and looked like it belonged to the turn of the 20th century.

If the description for this room sounds somewhat familiar for readers who have been following this blog for some time, it should. Escape Room Melbourne (ERM) have licensed one of their more successful games out to Escape Room Canberra (ERC), a new escape room venue which opened the start of this month in Australia’s capital. This adaption from Escape Rooms Canberra is as enjoyable as the original, with some special flavour. Read on to find out how!

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ClockLocked: Da Vinci [Review]

clocklogoLocation: ClockLocked, Ultimo, Sydney , NSW, Australia

Date completed:  July 2016 (3 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 6.5; Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 7.5.

Requirements:

  • 2-6 players
  • Full mobility
  • Fluent English

ClockLocked opened in Sydney in 2014 and Da Vinci was among the first escape rooms in the city. A lot of other venues have opened and closed since over the last two years, however, that game remained. We finally had the opportunity to play it some weeks ago and quickly realised why it is lasting: Da Vinci ticks all the basic boxes. Puzzles were well-done, props worked, gamemaster were quick and attentive. We were very glad that it was not a dated game at all!

In Da Vinci, a cardinal grows suspicious of a fellow religious colleague and hired your team of detectives to find any secrets that may affect his relations with the Vatican. You have a one-hour window to enter his office and find the truth.

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PANiQ-ROOM, The Rocks: Sens3s [Review]

paniqLocation: PANiQ-ROOM, The Rocks, Sydney , NSW, Australia

Date completed:  July 2016 (3 players). Succeeded escaping!

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

Requirements:

  • 2-6 players
  • Acute senses
  • 1 team member with full mobility
  • Fluent English

I tend to enjoy ‘magic‘ rooms and was really keen to try Sens3s in PANiQ Room, given the quality of their escape rooms. Some people think that ‘magic’ is a silly theme, overused and an easy way for designers to include whatever puzzles they want in a room (as anything can fit in a ‘magic house’). I prefer to think of it is an opportunity for out of the box thinking and creativity. PANiQ Room took this opportunity to do something different and included a lot of unexpected puzzles and tasks in Sens3s. It’s slightly on the creepy side, but what a fun room!

Players start in a visit to the house of Mr. Magician, and in a blink, ta-dah! You are locked in. Or is he locked inside your mind? Whatever happened, it’s no good and you have to get out – or have your senses twisted forever.

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Mission Room Escape: Vampire Castle [Review]

mission-real-life-room-escape-logoLocation: Mission Room Escape, Sydney CBD, NSW, Australia

Date completed:  May 2016 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 6.5; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-6 players (we recommend 3-4).

You and your friends are in a remote area when it begins to rain. For some reason, your group thinks it’s a good idea to seek shelter in a mysterious dark castle situated on a hill. Night sets in as you enter through the main door, just to find out you entered the lair of a vampire! The door magically locks the door behind you and you soon find yourselves caught in the middle of a full blown vampiric civil war. There’s only one hour to solve the mystery of this ancient conflict and escape.

Since we started playing escape rooms, we heard a lot about Mission Room Escape in Sydney. We finally managed to get rooms on a Saturday, which required booking one month in advance. The place is indeed very popular! We were curious to find out what the fuss was all about and started with their beginner level challenge, Vampire Castle.

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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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