Why Do An Escape Room:
I LOVE games, so as soon as I heard about the escape room experience, I scratched an item off my original list so this could be added. In all fairness, yes, I removed an item however, due to recent medical diagnosis I found out I was never going to be able to do it. This was item 11 on my 40 things to do before turning 40.
My sister and her partner were in town and when she suggested we do an escape room. I jumped at the opportunity. Locally (I live in Canberra ACT Australia) there are 3 escape room company’s. We went through ‘the Dungeon’ room at Riddle Room in Mitchell, Canberra ACT Australia. http://riddleroom.com.au/rooms/#thedungeon .
We arrive and are taken into a small theatre style room where our host went through the induction and explained how the game works. At the induction, we found out the room we were attempting (The Dungeon) was a harder room and had a 34% escape rate for a team of 4. My impression is that if everyone has not done an escape room before your odds are not in your favour. We are competitive and decided, it made the experience more of a challenge to have us work harder.
We were given 1 hour to escape from the room. I do not want to ruin the experience for you so I will not give too much away but the general idea is that you are in a room that is full of clues. Everything in the room seems to be part of a puzzle and is not always obvious. As you solve one puzzle another puzzle becomes apparent.
Pre conceived concerns:
As a team some of us were initially worried about not having much input. Don’t worry if you feel this way as the puzzles are so varied it can work to different peoples strengths. I found some things obvious to me was not for others but they found other puzzles easy that I didn’t. So to have a diverse team would be in your favour. You also have a dedicated host. The host watches you by camera and will give you hints using a computer screen. They give you hints if/when you ask for the help. It is a handy service for when you are going too far in the wrong direction or really stumped on a puzzle.
We found at the start of the game we were a little on the slow side as we didn’t know what to expect. As the game progressed we got quicker. We managed to escape with 1.28 mins left on the clock.
At the end, the host did a review with us as to how we went and compared our times to the rooms averages etc. The host was impressed with us as we have never done an escape room before and it was their hardest room – nailed it. She also confirmed the slow start and quick finish.
Our experience was fun. My sister and I are competitive but my sister is VERY competitive so it was funny to watch her ‘go all in’. She sacked her partner on a couple of the riddles which cracked me up. My husband had the final key to the lock to escape the room at 58 minutes. He stopped turned to all of us to make a long winded speech about team work and my sister was like nooooooooooooo. I thought she was going to thump him one there and take the key from his ‘cold dead hands’. I guess we were in a dungeon after all.