I have made this blog to provide my opinion on various escape rooms that have opened up, predominantly in Sydney but also beyond. I have been to almost all escape room outfits in Sydney and a total of 128 different rooms so far in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns), as well as 14 in person in California and a bunch of virtual rooms worldwide (for a current total of 153). My aim is to help you to spend your hard-earned money on awesome rooms, not crappy ones...
Friday, 3 November 2017
Next Level Escape - Review of Flash and Cyborg Room
This is one of 2 rooms that we
did back to back at Oz Comic Con. You can read my review of the first of
the 2 rooms here.
We weren’t our usual team of 4
adults for this escape, but we were instead my wife and I and our 5yo and
almost 1yo daughters.
This was our 47th escape
room in Sydney and our 60th escape room in Australia.
A summary from Next Level of
their Flash and Cyborg room is below:
Flash and Cyborg were seen
together in this abandoned building. We've put their security system into
diagnostic mode so you can go in and investigate. Cyborg has left a
message with their current location, but he's encrypted it against prying eyes.
Decode it and get out before the
security comes back on in twelve minutes!
Here’s what I really liked about
·as with Next Level's Aquaman room, we did this room with some
strangers (a couple with their children). It was interesting this time
around as the other players weren’t quite on the same wave length as us (I
really enjoyed the experience of again playing with strangers, as it gave me an
idea of what it might be like in other parts of the world (such as the USA)
where playing with strangers is really common;
·the puzzles were all awesome. They were of the very
high quality that I expected from Next Level, based on their other rooms we had
tried in the past;
·there was a nice mix of low tech and high tech puzzles in this
room (and in their Aquaman room come to think of it);
·this room in particular had a reasonable amount of hunt and seek
fun, which was great for kids (our 2 kids were in this room with us, as well as
a couple of kids in the other family);
·as with their Aquaman room, the room was really cleverly designed
to introduce new people to the world of escape rooms. The puzzles
were challenging but not incredibly difficult.
As with Aquaman, I am sure that many people who have been wondering what
this escape room thing is about would have tried this room at the Con and would
be booking in a full 1 hour experience in no time.
I have nothing to report on the
negative side at all. Next Level are a great outfit who really care
about providing immersive and well-designed experiences. It is truly
impressive that they managed to put together such immersive experiences in such
a short period of time for the Con.
I truly hope that the amount of
word of mouth generated from their hard work really pays off for them (and that
hard work will no doubt spill over into great benefits for the whole escape
I was so intrigued by what it is
like to play with strangers that I might post a separate blog entry on that
issue (stay tuned).
We were the last team to try the
rooms at the Con. Following us, some of the people behind the Justice League movie were going to try their hand at the
rooms. I’ll have to check in with Next Level
to see who got the better time ;-)
Also, watch out for Next Level's new room opening later this month. It's called The Artefact and I'm really looking forward to checking it out!
Con (Darling Harbour)
Duration: 15 minutes
Included in purchase price of Oz Comic Con entry tickets
Overall Rating: A third brilliant 15 minute room from