Captivate: Labyrinth Dead Men Walking [Review]

cativatelogoLocation: Captivate, Singapore Shopping Centre (Dhoby Ghaut MRT), Singapore

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

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

Requirements:

  • Basic English
  • One player not colour blind
  • 75 minute-room
  • 2-10 players (we recommend 3-6)

You are hired by the Chief of Police to go undercover as an inmate at the Wessex Prison to try to discover why death Row inmates are disappearing from the morgue after their execution. Gruesome stuff, right? It gets worse. Whoever is doing it finds out that you are a snitch, and brings YOUR execution forward. You have one hour to unravel the mystery before all your investigation (and your life!) goes to the bin.

Captivate’s Labyrinth Dead Man Walking is probably the most spacious escape room we’ve been to date and can easily accommodate 10 people, which can be good for parties. The game, however, is not hard and can be solved with two people. Independently of the number of players, you all start the cuffed in a very awkward way, and finding out how to walk around is the first step to your freedom.

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Captivate: FBI Zero Hour [Review]

cativatelogoLocation: 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.

Requirements:

  • 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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BreakOut: Magician’s Revenge [Review]

logo-bigLocation: BreakOut, near Chinatown, Singapore

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

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

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • One team member not colour blind
  • 2-8 players (we recommend 3-4)

One of the great things about the escape room hobby is meeting interesting people. During our trip to Singapore, we had the chance to meet Janice, the author of Escaping.SG, and play Magician’s Revenge with her and her friend at BreakOut. Talk about a  QUICK problem solver! If you are going to Singapore, make sure to check out her blog, as she is the local Escape Queen!

Magician’s Revenge is a sequel to a a previous room by  BreakOut, Magician’s Secret. While that room is now retired, you can still enjoy the new one even if you did not play the prequel. In the past, you were a young apprentice and uncovered the most famous trick of a great magician. He did not forget that, and now you are locked in his chambers. Who knows what kind of revenge he is planning to unleash upon you?

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BreakOut: The French Connection [Review]

logo-bigLocation: BreakOut, near Chinatown, Singapore

Date completed:  September 2016 (2 players). Failed to stop the bombing!

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 9.5; Atmosphere: 4; Fun: 5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-8 players (we recommend 4-5)

Following a series of what appear to be terrorist attacks on major cities around the world, the source of the mayhem has been tracked to a Paris-based organisation called the ‘White Society’. To investigate The French Connection, Pa and I infiltrated their hideout and had one hour to find out evidence of any wrongdoing and uncover where there next attack may be.

As escape rooms go, BreakOut certainly does a good job of developing hard puzzles and French Connection has a respectable sequence of intricate ones. At the same time, its intricacy highlighted how setting and game design have to be well balanced to maintain player engagement.

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BreakOut: Trapped in My Own Mind [Review]

logo-bigLocation: BreakOut, near Chinatown, Singapore

Date completed:  September 2016 (2 players). Succeeded escaping (with extra time).

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 8 (for two people, less with more); Atmosphere: 4.5; Fun: 8.5.

Requirements:

  • Very basic English
  • 2-8 players (we recommend 4-5)

Imagine how tiring it would be if every night you had the same dreams, filled with puzzles that do not let your mind rest. To break this cycle of being Trapped in My Own Mind, we took a more proactive approach to the problem by deciding to solve all the puzzles so they wont spin my brain anymore!

This scenario for an escape room is the result of a partnership between Singaporean companies BreakOut and Nomis Piy. Although Trapped in My Own Mind does not have a strong plot, it is a great puzzle room. The game is filled with a myriad of challenges to solve that range from the cute and easy to the mind-boggling, so there is something for everyone!

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Encounter: The Hospital [Review]

encounterlogoLocation: Encounter, Geylang Rd, Singapore

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

Creativity: 8; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 9.5; Fun: 9.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-8 players (we recommend 2-4)

The Hospital takes place after the events from The Apartment, where the Fong family vanished from the face of the Earth. Having experienced the supernatural horrors involved with their disappearance, the investigation continues in an abandoned hospital, where we had one hour to delve into this claustrophobic setting to investigate the mystery.

The Apartment was the most thrilling and engaging game we played in our first trip to Singapore. We could not leave without finding out more. We needed to enter The Hospital.

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Encounter: The Apartment [Review]

encounterlogoLocation: Encounter, Jalan Besar, Singapore

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

Creativity: 8.5; Difficulty: 5.5; Atmosphere: 10; Fun: 9.5.

Requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • 2-8 players (we recommend 2-4)
  • At least one person with full mobility

You ever curious to find out what it feels like to be in an Asian horror film? The story of an entire family disappearing from an old Singaporean apartment grips the local media who are most curious and determined to find out more about this mysterious case. This is the circumstance players are thrown into when they enter The Apartment, where they have one hour to find out what happened to the family and avoid their fate.

It does not take long for you to start doubting your own shadow. Bring at least one person who won’t be paralysed by fear. Read more to find out why.

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