- their website is first rate, as is their location and their style in general. They have a really cool, curiosity-inducing window display that sets the scene beautifully for what’s to follow. Their front of house is equally mysterious, old-worldly and charming, as is their hallway that seems to go on forever;
- the theming in their Espionage room is truly awesome. But the theming in The Cabin is just off the charts – as escape room enthusiasts, we spent a considerable amount of our time in the room simply admiring the theming and the props. Within minutes of entering The Cabin, we felt like we were transported to a cabin in the woods and were a million miles away from King Street in Newtown. The sounds, the lighting, the set decoration and props were all so well-considered and clearly SO much work had gone into not only their design, but the craftsmanship of all of the aspects of this room. All of these aspects were hand-made by Marise and David themselves, which is incredible. The Cabin is the best themed room in Sydney hands down in my humble opinion (narrowly beating The Cipher Room's other room, Espionage, which takes second place). Clearly these guys know what they’re doing);
- the theming was so good in fact that at one point, we were enjoying the theming so much that we were distracted from the story of the game (and some of my team missed a vital part of the story line);
- there is a truly great mix of puzzles in this room. They are all hand-made and there were many puzzles throughout the room that were of a type that we had never seen before (and after 50 rooms, that is getting pretty rare these days). There is also a really nice mix of low and high-tech puzzles and really cool mechanisms within the room;
- this is not a children-friendly room – if you are after a great family-friendly room, definitely check out Espionage rather than The Cabin. The Cabin is definitely eerie and creepy, but there are no “jump scares” at all. I think we escaped in about 40 minutes or so (and I don’t think we asked for any hints by memory), which puts it towards the more challenging end of the spectrum. It’s definitely not impossible, but there are certainly some challenging puzzles in this room;
- owners Marise and David are truly enthusiastic about their business, which shows from the amount of work they have put into it. They have set out to create a truly immersive experience and this is certainly again the case with The Cabin.
I would describe this room as a pretty challenging room - I suspect most teams might need a hint or two to escape within 60 minutes. The game masters at The Cipher Room are always at hand to help guide players, so don’t be put off on trying this room if you’re an escape room newb.