Location: Keysroom, Pontevedra, Spain
Date completed: April 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!
Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 9.5 (10 for 2 players); Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 9
- Intermediate Spanish
- 2-5 players
- One player not colourblind
- One player with full mobility
When a nuclear disaster is about to happen, what do you do? You infiltrate your enemies headquarters, steal the plans and save the world, right? Not really. In La Fortaleza (“The Fortress”), you and your team try to do it and get caught! Now you are in double trouble: you need to find a way to unlock yourself AND avoid a huge explosion!
La Fortaleza is one of the most intense and puzzle-overloaded games we’ve played to date. It is really hard to finish in time with 2 people, not because the puzzles are ultra-hard (they are more on the medium level), but due to the enormous amount of them. We managed to unlock 2 minutes of bonus time and really needed it! But you know what? Loads of puzzles also mean loads of fun! We enjoyed every minute and blasted through the fortress, where Trapspringer’s perfect aim was really handy!
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Location: The Paradox Room, Area Central shopping centre, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Date completed: April 2017 (3 players). Succeeded escaping!
Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 8.5; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8
- Intermediate English or Spanish (Castillian)
- 2-5 players
- One player not colourblind
In a not-so-far-away future, people have the Smart Yourself app installed directly on their brain cells. It allows humans to access information, book activities, transfer data and chat via brainwaves, which is extremely handy. However, a hacker group which opposes the practice decides to expose its weaknesses in the most violent fashion possible: initiating the auto-destruction protocol of Smart Yourself and literally mindblowing the major part of humanity from the planet.
As scientists, you and your team mates have one hour to enter the HQ of the Corporación Pineapple (Pineapple Corporation), find the files of Dr. Raven, the lead scientist behind the app, and stop the auto-destruction protocol. Being such a dangerous set of codes, you will have to unlock many layers of security to succeed. It will not be an easy task! And looks like Dr. Raven is a big fan of a certain soft drink…
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Location: Enigmik, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Date completed: April 2017 (4 players). Succeeded escaping!
Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 9; Atmosphere: 7.5; Fun: 8.5
- No language requirement. Intermediate English, Spanish (Castilian) or Catalan for briefing/hints.
- 2-6 players (we recommend at least 4)
- At least one player not colour blind
Dr. Betsy Smith is a renown scientist, but for the last months there has been suspicion about the type of experiments she’s been conducting in her lab, known as The NW6 Bunker. You and your team got access to the place for one hour, to check what is going on and, if necessary, get information – and materials – out.
We decided to play Enigmik due to its good reviews in tourism websites and its convenient location. We were not disappointed! Our group of four had a great time in a cold Barcelona night, and teamwork was essential to guarantee a successful mission!
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Location: Escape Hunt Experience Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Date completed: Mar 2017 (2 players). Succeeded
Creativity: 6; Difficulty: 6; Atmosphere: 5.5; Fun: 8.
- Intermediate English
- 2-5 people
On the morning of 1 December 1948, the body of an unidentified man was found on Somerton Beach south of Adelaide. Investigations into the death of this individual gradually uncovered a strip of paper with the Persian words tamám shud (it’s finished). This piece of paper was subsequently identified to have been ripped off a copy of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a collection of poems attributed to the 12th-century poet Omar Khayyám. As the mystery deepened, the book itself had a phone number and what appeared to be encrypted text written on one of it’s covers. Under these circumstances, the Tamam Shud case, also known as the Mystery of the Somerton Man, became one of the the most famous cold cases in Adelaide folklore.
In Escape Hunt Adelaide’s Spy on the Beach, players are taken back to 1948 at the scene of where the Somerton Man was discovered and have one hour to solve the mystery surrounding his death. One hour to solve a 70 year old cold case? Sure, why not?
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Location: Captivate, Singapore Shopping Centre (Dhoby Ghaut MTR), Singapore
Date completed: September 2016 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!
Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 8; Fun: 8.5.
- Basic English
- Full mobility
- One player not colour blind
- 75 minute-room
- 2-12 players (we recommend 3-6)
In this very surprising escape room, you work for an FBI anti-terror squad and must enter a school which is under a bomb threat. A genius mastermind stole dangerous chemicals and intends to blow up the entire place! Not many rooms in Singapore develop characters and stories, but FBI Zero Hour presented a very singular “enemy” for us to fight against, with an unexpected background!
We began our game in a normal classroom, where we should gather evidence and track the culprit. But there is much more in a classroom than books and computers… What happens if we look into people’s past instead of inside their bags?
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Location: Escape Room Central Coast, Charmhaven, Central Coast, NSW, Australia
Date completed: Jan 2017 (2 players). Succeeded escaping!
Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 6; Atmosphere: 6.5; Fun: 8.
- Fluent English.
- 2-8 players
- Family friendly
When a journalist who had uncovered evidence of a global conspiracy network has disappeared from his apartment, Pa decided she could not leave a fellow journo’s fate in the shadows. The idea of spending some time in the Central Coast may also have appealed to her. So we took the car and started our journey towards Escape Rooms Central Coast. It was up to us to find out what have happened, preferably within one hour!
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Location: Adelaide Fringe Festival (17 Feb – 19 Mar 17), Adelaide, SA, Australia.
Date completed: Mar 2017 (7 players). Succeeded escaping!
Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8.
- Intermediate English.
- 2-8 players (public ticketing)
- Family friendly
Remember those Cold War-era nuclear test videos where these fake towns get annihilated? The source of some of these well known videos come from the Nevada Test Site, which has been used since January 1951. As Chrono-Cops, Pa and I as well as five strangers were sent back to late-1950 to change the past related to the establishment of these tests. Mission was successful, but trouble struck and our time travelling device was destroyed! We reached our safe house, a dinghy hotel room in Las Vegas, and needed to construct a time portal to return to the present and Escape the Past.
This mobile escape room from the US company Escape Room Treasure Hunt (ERTH) has been doing the rounds through Australia, initially with Perth’s Fringe World Festival (Jan – Feb 17) and will be at the Adelaide Fringe Festival until 19 Mar 17. We just happened to be in Adelaide at the time and simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play this room.
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