Sunday, 15 March 2015

Review of The Enigma Room - Dr Disaster Theme

My group of friends (4 adults) checked out The Enigma Room's 'Dr Disaster' room in March 2015. This was our eleventh escape room in Sydney so far.

We found the place very easily, thanks to an email they sent us the day before with directions and photographs of their entrance.  We were given a briefing by the owners, Matt and Barry before embarking on our attempt to defeat Dr Disaster.

They currently have two rooms, Dr Disaster and In Memoriam.

First off, I'll say what I enjoyed most about Dr Disaster at Enigma Room:

  • it was fantastic.  The room design is very clever and contains many different elements, both high tech and low tech;
  • every single puzzle is well considered, well designed and works perfectly;
  • the theming was fantastic - the props were all perfect, they made sense and really added to the overall feel of the room.  Every single item in the room made sense - we really enjoyed how they had paid homage to various villains from movies, TV, video games, etc.  We all really appreciated that there was so much attention to detail with the props and theme;
  • the pre-escape room video is great and really got us in the mood for the escape;
  • the use of a tablet for communicating and obtaining clues was also perfect;
  • there were some puzzles that we had never seen before and which we all really liked - it's always nice to see something new and different; and
  • the owners are very passionate about their rooms and it shows from the quality of the room.  They also took the time out to show us every element of the room, the thinking behind the puzzle design, theming and various 'easter eggs' hidden throughout.

I have nothing negative to say about Dr Disaster.  

Unfortunately for us, the puzzles were too good for us on the day.  Although we did manage to escape with 4 seconds on the clock (technically we escaped!), we had to ask for lots of clues to get out in time.  This was a shame (and completely our own fault in not being able to solve what were completely solvable puzzles).  The real shame was that we had to rush through the last 10 minutes and didn't get a chance to stop and enjoy those last few puzzles - we instead were madly running around.

I personally think the puzzles are pretty tricky.  I think first-timers would be pretty hard-pressed to escape this room (unless they ask for lots of clues).  It might be best to warm up on some easier rooms (at other escape room outfits) before tackling this one - but you should definitely give it a go.  It is an excellent room.

My group really enjoyed Dr Disaster and we all agreed it was a 5 out of 5 room.

Where:                    Suite 602, Level 6, 262 Pitt Street 

Duration:                60 minutes

2 themes 

$35 each (4 players) (We got an opening special)

Overall Rating:      5 out of 5 stars

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1 comment:

  1. Love this room too, my fourth ES and though we didn't make it out (partially one prop was missing in the envelope and we had to call the watchers in the give us the prop, but still I doubt we would of made it out in time) I love the introduction and we almost fluked our way out with the colour puzzle, but when I went the elevator was out, 6 flights of stairs, not easy!!