I've recently added a new addiction to my life and it is Escape Rooms. It's a fairly new idea to the Melbourne scene, where you have 45 minutes to find clues and solve puzzles to help you escape from a "themed" locked room.
Escape Room has been open for roughly two months and comes with six themed rooms - Slaughterhouse, Vampire Chronicles, The Gallery, Jungle Safari, Prison Break and The Mummy Returns. There is a gradual turnover with new rooms every six months or so, and one upcoming room is an "Up" themed room!
There are four steps to solving an Escape Room:
1) Find - Discover all the hidden clues and passages
2) Think - Give your brain a workout
3) Solve - Reach your lightbulb moment
4) Escape - Determination and persistence win the day
|Proud to be on the Wall of Shame
Sometimes that "lightbulb moment" can be almost impossible to find, so you are allowed two hints throughout the 45 minutes. Other than that, you are on your own, which can be frustrating as some of the puzzles are incredibly random in their solutions. However, once you get in the frame of mind of substituting numbers to letter or looking for patterns within numbers it does get easier.
The first one I tried with one friend was the Slaughterhouse, which we completed in 42 minutes and subsequently had our photo taken on the Wall of Fame! Being on a winning high, we decided to try The Gallery, which is apparently easier but were unsuccessful and ended up with our photo taken again but this time for the Wall of Shame.
I recently attempted The Vampire Chronicles with three friends and realised these games are best with 4-5 people as between us there were more puzzles solved and the collective energy and satisfaction as we solved them created a lot of fun.
I have already booked The Mummy Returns for next week and will definitely be going back for the other two. The game lasts for only 45 minutes, so you can even sneak in a quick one during the week, just make sure your brain is switched on 110%.
Escape Room can be found on Level 1, 108 Bourke Street and open from 10am - 10pm.