In a bizarre twist the new cultural phenomenon taking the world by storm are Escape Rooms – where people willingly part with their hard earned cash to be locked in a room, having to solve puzzles and clues to make their way out.
It might sound a little extreme, but it’s not as weird as you might think. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Survivor and wanted to partake in one of the immunity challenges, seen Nicolas cage solve a clue in National Treasure, or watched kids scrounge for letters in the 90’s kids show A*mazing and thought “I could do that” – then this is your chance!
Opening in August 2014 Escape Room Australia has set itself apart from the multitude of escape rooms popping up in Melbourne by striking the balance between the physical and intellectual aspects of the puzzles. They currently have six rooms for you to try: Safari Jungle, Slaughter House,The Vampire Chronicles, Prison Break, Gallery, and The Mummy.
All these scenarios are completely different, but have one thing in common: You have 45 minutes to escape.
So basically how it works:
- Pick your theme / difficulty – each theme has varied levels of difficulty ranging from 1-5. If you consider yourself a resident Sherlock Holmes then by all means start with the hardest room, however mere mortals should consider beginning with one of the easier rooms to get the most out of the experience.
- Hints – If you get stuck on a particular clue you can push a button to receive a hint to keep you on the right path. Teams are allowed 2 hints (use them wisely).
- Padlocks – Each puzzle involves opening padlocks to unlock the next clue, so it often involves finding a hidden key or deciphering a code.
- Photo Wall of Fame / Shame – Escape within 45 minutes and you will forever be immortalised on the Wall of Fame; Fail and be humiliated on the Wall of Shame (not to worry, there’s 4 times as many people on this wall). Regardless there’s a large collection of props to use to: toy guns, pirate hats, plastic swords, quirky signages … there’s something funky for everyone.
All in all Escape Room Australia is the best of many escape rooms in Melbourne offering high quality satisfyingly tricky (yet solvable) puzzles that will leave your group disagreeing, splitting up, working together and shrieking with glee every time you get a step closer to escaping .
The experience is best in a group of 3 or 4, any larger and it would be crowded with some participants left with nothing to do. This is the perfect experience for a kooky first date, team building exercise, job interview (perhaps) and just a great challenge.
Escape Room Australia details
Escape Room Australia is a franchise of Escape Room International which currently has escape rooms in Australia, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Vietnam, with a promise of rooms coming soon to India, Indonesia, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates.
Shop 9 & 10, upper ground floor 108 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
Telephone 03 9636 9993 Price $32.00 Open Daily 10.30am-11pm