Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Review of PANiQ ROOM - Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks theme

My group of friends (4 adults) checked out PANiQ ROOM's 'Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks' room in March 2015. This was our thirteenth escape room in Sydney so far.

This was the second room that we have tried at PANiQ ROOM, having previously tried their Supercell 117 room.

We were given a briefing by the lovely owners, Akos and Martina and then we went into the bunker.

First off, I'll say what I enjoyed most about the Abandoned Military Bunker on the Rocks at PanIQ Room:

  • it was a heap of fun - there were lots of puzzles of varying difficulty for all 4 of us to work on at the same time;
  • they have a really good mix of high-tech puzzles and low-tech puzzles, many of which are home made and original (which I always appreciate);
  • every puzzle works perfectly, which is great (you would think that this should be a given, but after having done so many escape rooms, trust me when I say that not all rooms have puzzles that work properly - and there is nothing more annoying than puzzles that don't work or are ambiguous);
  • the theming was excellent - 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 - although they did have some red herrings, those red herrings still worked perfectly with the theme.  I really appreciated that there was so much attention to detail with the props and theme;
  • 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;
  • we got out with about 14 minutes left on the clock, which shows that it is not an easy room by any means.  I think some beginners would find this room challenging, which is a good thing in my honest opinion (and newer players could of course ask for more clues if needed); and
  • the owners are very passionate about their rooms and it shows from the quality of the room.

As for some of the negatives with Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks at PanIQ Room, I don't think there are any - it's a really great room with a variety of interesting and challenging puzzles. The only reason I have scored this room 4.5 instead of 5 is that we really loved the room design of PanIQ Room's Supercell 117 room, which we scored a 5.  By comparison, my group all liked Supercell 117 a little more - but Abandoned Military Bunker on the Rocks is a great room.

To put this into perspective, of the 13 escape rooms that we have tried in Sydney so far, all 4 in my group agree that Supercell 117 is the best room of all.  So 4.5 out of 5 for PanIQ room's Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks is still a very high score. 
Try both of their rooms - I promise you will love them!

Where:                    40 Gloucester Street, The Rocks (entry Cambridge Street)

Duration:                60 minutes

2 themes 

$35 each (4 players) (Watch out for "Our Deal" discounts)

Overall Rating:      4.5 out of 5 stars

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  1. thanks for the review! Have a big group of 8 which is too big for supercell but after reading about this room, I guess I'll give it a try!

  2. Thanks for your posts. Based on your reviews, I decided to do this room with 5 friends recently. We were all first-timers and we doubted that we'd get very far, but we ended up escaping (a few seconds after the timer finished, but they were gracious enough to let us feel like it was a victory). We had so much fun! We couldn't stop talking about it for the rest of the day. They gave us plenty of clues when we needed them but also let us work things out for ourselves. I can't wait to go back and try out the other room.

    1. Hi

      I'm glad your team enjoyed Military Bunker. Let me know how you go with their Supercell 117 room (or their new Sen3es room which is about to open in the next week or so).