Monday, 4 December 2017
I recently learned that a new escape room business is opening soon in Manly.
They are called Room Eight Escape Rooms. They are a stand-alone business that plans to have 3 rooms ultimately, of varying levels of difficulty. Their room summaries are as follows:
Indisposed (Escape the Aussie Dunny)
Trapped in the outhouse of famous, if somewhat deranged Aussie celebrity Huge Axeman, can you free yourself before the Axeman returns. In an Escape Room like no other, you'll need to think and act quickly as a team to solve puzzles and challenges as the clock ticks down. Even if you can escape the Dunny, you'll still need to survive the Australian wild, and contend with an array of deadly Australian fauna.
Entombed (The Disappearance of Dr. Smith)
Amidst the dry arid deserts of Egypt a lone building stands. It was once the study of renowned archaeologist Atlanta Smith, who has been missing and presumed dead for several months, in his quest for the treasure of Khufu. Your search for answers has taken a turn for the worst, and you're going to need to draw on all your investigative nous and powers of deduction to solve this mystery, evade an ancient curse and escape this room alive...
Targeted (Assassin HQ)
On your way up to the Yum Cha restaurant on level 8 of an inner city skyrise, a power surge has resulted in your elevator stopping at level 7 1/2. Home to Sydney's most elite hired killers - Assassins Anonymous. You've got to scour the room and look for clues to an alternative exit, then get the heck out before you're discovered and added to their "to do" list.
Room Eight are also trying to differentiate their business by having multi-lingual rooms (which I'm sure tourists will appreciate, as well as some locals).
They hope to open up later this month with at least one and maybe 2 rooms.
I hope to get out their soon to check out their rooms and as always, I'll report back here once I have with a review.
You can check out their website here.
I learned recently online about an escape room/immersive theatre experience that is coming to Sydney in January. It is part of the Sydney Festival lineup and will be based at Carriageworks at Eveleigh (near University of Sydney and Redfern).
This experience sounds like it is unlike anything else in Australia. Each experience is only for one player at a time, not a group. You play the role of Frankie Monroe, a private detective who awakes with amnesia and a key to an office. According to their website, you need to solve puzzles, make phone calls and unscramble the past before your luck runs out. You will also need to sift through vital tip-offs and hot leads and identify red herrings and goose chases.
It sounds really interesting. There are only 2 other experiences in Sydney that have live actors in them (Jetpack Theatre's Art Heist which has finished its run and Second Telling Missions' Sabotage the Enigma). And whilst I have tried my hand at escaping from an escape room by myself before (Social Escape Rooms' Paris), this should be a very different experience again I think.
I am both intrigued and anxious about checking out this room - I have booked myself a ticket.
The tickets are on the pricey side at $89 per head, but if you consider that only one player can play at a time (and the fact that the experience is up to 90 minutes), I think it seems like good value. Time will tell.
I will report back here in January after I have checked it out. For anyone else interested, get in quick - there aren't many time slots left. You can find out more information about Monroe & Associates here.