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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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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Roomraider: Where’s Cuddles? [Review]

logoroomraiderLocation: Roomraider, Orchard Road, Singapore

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

Creativity: 5; Difficulty: 3.5; Atmosphere: 5.5; Fun: 7.5.

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English
  • 2-10 players (we recommend 2-3)
  • Full mobility
  • At least one team member not colour blind or tone deaf
  • 45 minute room

Oh, no! Your favourite teddy bear, Cuddles, disappeared! What should you do? Go to Teddy Bear Land and look for him, of course! How can anyone be happy without Cuddles?

It had been some time that I (Pá) have been looking for a cute room to play (something  we’ve even mentioned to Essa from Intervirals). Where’s Cuddles? by Roomraider in Singapore is a very simple, easy and kids-friendly room. It’s not glittery and sparkly, but it is definitely colourful! It was quite a relaxing game during our trip to Singapore, and was stacked with plushies!

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