- their website is first rate and I’ve yet to see a better designed escape room logo. I think both really match their room well and their overall style;
- the location was really easy to find. This is one of very few escape rooms in Sydney that has a real street presence on a very busy street. We found nearby parking easily on Bray Street (only about a 100m walk);
- TCR’s style and theming begins when you approach their front door and window display on King Street. They have a really cool, curiosity-inducing window display that sets the scene beautifully for what’s to follow. Their front of house is equally mysterious, old-worldly and charming, as is their hallway that seems to go on forever, bringing the promise of many more escape room adventures in the future no doubt;
- the theming in the room (and in fact the theming in the whole operation - the window display, front of house, etc) is the best we have seen to date in Sydney. I won’t divulge any spoilers, but let’s just say that all of the props make sense in the space, as do the puzzle elements and the room has a real sense of identity as a result;
- there is a really great mix of puzzles in this room. Some are fiendishly simple; others require some out of the box thinking. There is also a really nice mix of low and high-tech puzzles and mechanisms within the room. Again, it’s a 1940s themed room, so the high-tech elements are completely hidden out of sight, as they should be;
- the craftsmanship behind the puzzle pieces, the props and other aspects of the room blew us away. You really get a sense of the vast amount of time that has been spent in designing and then creating all of the elements in this room;
- I get asked a lot via my blog for recommendations for child-friendly rooms. I'm pleased that I can add this one to the list. As is often the case with my wife and I, there are many other adventurers who find it difficult to get a babysitter and instead prefer to bring their young children with them to escape rooms. I can report that this room is not scary at all and is perfectly suitable for children of all ages. That being said, if a team of kids (without any adults) wanted to have a go at escaping from this room, I think it would probably suit children of say 12 or older; and
- owners Marise and David are truly enthusiastic about their business, which shows from the amount of work they have put into it. They have set out to create a truly immersive experience and they have been very successful in that endeavour.
I would describe this room as a medium difficulty room. We escaped with a bit of spare time, but we were all very engaged and challenged throughout the whole experience. It’s a non-linear room, which really allows you to break off and solve puzzles separately. I think this is one of the rare rooms that would suit newer players and experienced players alike.
Their website allows you to book for teams of between 2 and 6. Based on all of the rooms I have tried in Sydney (and in other states), my view is that the best number of players for each escape room we have tried is 4 (perhaps 5 if some of the players are kids). In order to have more players, a room needs to have adequate space for 6 bodies and enough puzzles to keep all 6 players fully engaged. Whilst this room is no exception to my view that 4 players is the right number, this room does comfortably accommodate 6 players on all fronts.