Friday, 3 November 2017

Next Level Escape - Review of Flash and Cyborg Room


Hi everyone

This is one of 2 rooms that we did back to back at Oz Comic Con.  You can read my review of the first of the 2 rooms here.

We weren’t our usual team of 4 adults for this escape, but we were instead my wife and I and our 5yo and almost 1yo daughters. 

This was our 47th escape room in Sydney and our 60th escape room in Australia.

A summary from Next Level of their Flash and Cyborg room is below:

Flash and Cyborg were seen together in this abandoned building.  We've put their security system into diagnostic mode so you can go in and investigate.  Cyborg has left a message with their current location, but he's encrypted it against prying eyes.

Decode it and get out before the security comes back on in twelve minutes!


Here’s what I really liked about the room:

·         as with Next Level's Aquaman room, we did this room with some strangers (a couple with their children).  It was interesting this time around as the other players weren’t quite on the same wave length as us (I really enjoyed the experience of again playing with strangers, as it gave me an idea of what it might be like in other parts of the world (such as the USA) where playing with strangers is really common;

·         the puzzles were all awesome.  They were of the very high quality that I expected from Next Level, based on their other rooms we had tried in the past;

·         there was a nice mix of low tech and high tech puzzles in this room (and in their Aquaman room come to think of it);

·         this room in particular had a reasonable amount of hunt and seek fun, which was great for kids (our 2 kids were in this room with us, as well as a couple of kids in the other family); 

·         as with their Aquaman room, the room was really cleverly designed to introduce new people to the world of escape rooms.  The puzzles were challenging but not incredibly difficult.  As with Aquaman, I am sure that many people who have been wondering what this escape room thing is about would have tried this room at the Con and would be booking in a full 1 hour experience in no time.

I have nothing to report on the negative side at all.  Next Level are a great outfit who really care about providing immersive and well-designed experiences.  It is truly impressive that they managed to put together such immersive experiences in such a short period of time for the Con.

I truly hope that the amount of word of mouth generated from their hard work really pays off for them (and that hard work will no doubt spill over into great benefits for the whole escape room industry). 

I was so intrigued by what it is like to play with strangers that I might post a separate blog entry on that issue (stay tuned). 


We were the last team to try the rooms at the Con.  Following us, Jason Momoa and some other Justice League actors were going to try their hand at the rooms.  I’ll have to check in with Next Level to see who got the better time ;-)
      
Also, watch out for Next Level's new room opening later this month.  It's called The Artefact and I'm really looking forward to checking it out!


Where:                   Oz Comic Con (Darling Harbour)

Duration:               
15 minutes

Themes:                 
2

Cost:                       
Included in purchase price of Oz Comic Con entry tickets

Overall Rating:
       A third brilliant 15 minute room from Next Level!


More details:          https://www.nextlevelescape.com.au/

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