My team of 4 played Escape Room Canberra's House on the Hill on the last day of our long weekend in Canberra in March 2021.
House on the Hill (also known as "Salem") was our final room for the trip. The summary of the room is as follows:
There is a heavy cloud that covers the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Livestock have been struck down by sickness and townsfolk complain of molestations from the invisible world. They fear the occult; arts of malignant evil and wicked vengeance, and all fingers seem to point to The House on the Hill. Rumour has it that the widow who lives there is using witchcraft to try and summon a portal from the natural world to the unnatural one.
They have sent you to the house to investigate. You have 70 minutes to find your evidence and escape the house. But be forewarned, if a portal does open, then you will need to shut it quickly, for the demons that have been in there the longest will be the most eager to escape.
Salem was our 9th and final room in Canberra and our 176th room to date. Here’s what we thought:
- the theming and production value in Salem was brilliant. Personally, I loved the theme, which always helps, but I think it would have been hard to not have liked the theming and immersion. The sounds, lighting and quality of the fit out was excellent. There were a few dark moments and jump scares, so the room isn't suited to younger audiences (but it certainly was not ridiculously scary like various other rooms we have played);
- the puzzles in Salem were excellent. There was a really nice variety, with some lower tech puzzles and some much higher tech puzzles in the mix. The puzzles all made sense in the space and were perfectly suited to the room's theme. There was one puzzle element that we thought could be improved (we stopped progressing that particular puzzle because because we thought the particular puzzle piece required more pieces to be added to it, only to finally realise that it was whole) - I think that piece could be improved (the piece itself looked either unfinished or not whole); and
- the only issue we had with the experience again came down to there not being a dedicated game master at Escape Rooms Canberra. We were having difficulty with a particular puzzle - I jumped on the walkie talkie to ask a question - the game master asked if I wanted a hint and I said "no, I just want to know if when the lights are all on (on a particular puzzle) does it mean that we have solved it or we have not yet solved it?"). The game master then told me that I was doing the puzzle wrong that I needed to pull not push. Anyway, long story short we escaped in record time and the other game master (Bronte) who hadn't been on the walkie talkie denied us the record because I had "asked for a hint". I really hadn't, and the experience left a sour taste in our mouth, which was a real shame because it was such a fantastic room. For the record, our time was 33:10.
Where: 2/24 Dundas Court, Phillip ACT
Duration: 60 minutes
Themes: 2 themes
Price: $40 per person
Overall Thoughts: Excellent theming and excellent puzzles – a great room
More details: https://www.escaperoomscanberra.com/