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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Location: Unexpected Exit, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Date completed: Jan 2017 (2 players). Failed to save the day!
Creativity: 7; Difficulty: 7.5; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 7
- Fluent English
- 2-10 players (we highly recommend 3+)
- 50 minute game
The Zamorian terrorists are planning to strike Newcastle again! They really have a beef with the city! 🙂 After our previous failed attempt to prevent the attack on the city in The Terror Cell, Pa and I recently returned to Unexpected Exit to confront the terrorists from the fictional state of Zamoria once more.
This time around, we were trapped in another of their hideouts. Pa was kept hostage in a separate room from me and we had 50 minutes to find the bomb, defuse it and get out. It seemed like we were in big trouble!
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Location: Riddle Room, Mitchell (North side Canberra), ACT, Australia
Date completed: Jan 2017 (2 players). Test successful, bomb improved!
Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 7; Atmosphere: 7; Fun: 8.
- Fluent English
- 2-6 players
- One team member not colour blind
- Acute senses
- 35min room
- Not recommended for first time players
We may be at the edge of incurable, as escape room enthusiasts. The other day, we were home late at night after a tough day at work, in pajamas, after shower, and saw a little post on Facebook: “Would anyone be able to test an escape room now?” In 5 min we were awake, properly dressed and driving down to Riddle Room in Canberra. Nothing else mattered – there was a bomb to be disarmed!
Bomb Defusal is a 35min game with a straightforward story: you are agents of the bomb squad and a device was located. You must enter the location and use the right tools and techniques to avoid the destruction of the city. This game starts the moment you enter Riddle Room’s venue – locating your defusal kit and the room with the bomb is actually part of your mission!
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Location: 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
- 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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