- the theming was pretty strong. For the most part, the puzzles and props all suited the room (see below for the exception);
- there was a pretty good variety of puzzles – one puzzle in particular worked flawlessly and used technology I had never seen before, which was pretty cool;
- they have listened to earlier feedback and now use walkie talkies to communicate with players (rather than ruining the immersion by walking into the room to provide clues/guidance);
- there was lots to do for a group of 4 people, which was good; and
- for the most part, it was clear from the puzzles as to what we needed to do (although not always).
- · a couple of the puzzles were a little clunky (but not as clunky as their other rooms, like Avatar for example, which is easily their worst room) – I think the instructions could be tweaked to improve this quite easily;
- we had a technical issue while we were there. Without giving any spoilers, there is something out of reach which is supposed to come into reach upon solving a puzzle. The puzzle didn’t work, but we were able to reach the certain something and we then progressed through the game (without having solved the non-working puzzle). This needs to be fixed;
- their standard pricing is simply too expensive for the quality of this room. There are much better escape room outfits in Sydney that are far cheaper;
- there is one relatively cool puzzle (again, no spoilers) but it was poorly designed – we have seen similar technology at Enigma Room which was much better designed and worked flawlessly (and very logically) – the solution to the puzzle in Da Vinci was similar but pretty illogical and poorly designed; and
- my biggest gripe with this room by far was one particular puzzle, which is the seoncd last puzzle for the room. We managed to get to this puzzle in about 35 minutes, so we were tracking pretty well. However, this puzzle was simply too difficult for non-musically trained people.
Where: Level 1, 741 George Street, Haymarket, NSW
Duration: 60 minutes
Themes: 6 themes (which will apparently change often)
Cost: $180 (for a team of 4) (although we had a Groupon for $80)
Overall Summary: Requires skills not held by the average person in order to escape – avoid this room.