Can you break out of a locked room in 60 minutes or less?
Reviewed at Adventure Rooms, Rundle Mall on 4 March 2019
Presented by Adventure Rooms Adelaide
Most escape rooms follow a similar formula – a series of codes and clues that need to be cracked within an hour to escape – but there’s an endless variety of ways to approach them. AdventureRooms have recently expanded to include five different rooms, and while the regular Fringe offering is Gaol Break, they were kind enough to allow GlamAdelaide to try one of their new rooms.
The Speakeasy has a slight twist on the usual theme because we’re not trying to escape at all. Instead, we have an hour to find the entrance to a 1920’s speakeasy that’s well hidden from prying eyes. But the general format remains unchanged and after we’re put in handcuffs and the clock starts, we have to work together to free ourselves. Next, we need to turn our attention to the huge range of small puzzles (and in some cases figure out what the puzzle is) to move the action forward.
There are plenty of period furnishings throughout The Speakeasy and deciding which ones are props and which contains clues is difficult, especially with the clock ticking. But every idea is worth trying, and when we’re able to work together well, we make good progress.
Because the action takes place over multiple rooms, it’s impossible to know when we’re getting close to our goal and as the clock ticks down our pace becomes more feverish. The gamesmaster is happy to offer a few clues when we get stuck, but not too many – the success rate is still under 30% and that’s what makes it so rewarding when we emerge with a few minutes to spare, satisfied with an hour well spent.
Reviewed by Alexis Buxton-Collins
Venue: Adventure Rooms Adelaide, Level 1, 51-53 Rundle Mall
Season: until March 13
Duration: 60 minutes