Dimensis: Deep Space [Review]

dimensisLocation: Deep Space, Brunswick (Melbourne), VIC, Australia

Date completed: January 2018 (4 players). We survived!

Creativity: 9.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 10; Fun: 9.5.

Requirements:

  • 2-4 players (we recommend 4)
  • 70 minute room
  • Fluent English
  • Acute senses
  • Full mobility

As advertised in the Dimensis website, when players venture into Deep Space, they may find themselves having to deal with inexplicable spaceship malfunctions, a friendly onboard AI, and trying to survive while something else makes its way onto the ship. Earlier this year, four of us ventured on board the Ishtar VII to explore a new star system.

One of our players had already tried the game before and indicated that there were several endings for Deep Space. Intrigued by this, I wondered whether we would be able to get the ‘perfect’ ending. Instead, what we found was that this game operates within nuanced moral grey zones and that there were no real ‘right’ choices, only consequences which determined our chances of survival. Houston, we had so many problems!

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Next Level Escape: The Artefact [Review]

NextLevelEscape-LogoLocation: Next Level Escape, CBD, Sydney , NSW, Australia

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

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

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-7 players
  • Acute senses
  • 2 team members not colour blind
  • 75 minute room

It was just another normal day in our escape room enthusiast life when the FBI came got me and Trapspringer into a facility to check out an alien artifact. Sounds interesting, why not? Then we were told that all scientists disappeared and the artefact was doing something strange. Okay…. Then they locked the door behind us and left us with a crazy AI computer compulsively trying to destroy Tasmania. Yep, this is bad – but why Tasmania?!

In late-2017, Next Level Escape opened their new escape room, The Artefact. As we had an excellent experience in their first room, Ex Libris, we were curious to see if The Artefact would keep up with the high standards. The theme was very different from their previous room: out with the magical fantasy, in with the crazy sci-fi. But the complexity, the creativity and the hilarious unexpected moments were still there. Yay!

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