I have made this blog to provide my opinion on various escape rooms that have opened up in Australia. I have been to all escape room outfits currently open in Sydney and a total of 105 different rooms so far in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns), as well as 14 others in California (for a current total of 119). My aim is to help you to spend your hard-earned money on awesome rooms, not crappy ones...
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Paniq Room - SEN3ES Review
Hi everyone! My usual fellow
escape room buddies and I (4 adults in total) tried this room in April 2016.
This was our 28th room in Sydney (and our 38th room
in Australia) so far…
It’s no surprise to anyone who has read this blog that I love Paniq Room’s rooms. Supercell 117 is my favourite
room in Sydney when it comes to truly genius room design and I really enjoyed
the sheer number of puzzles on offer in Abandoned Military Bunker on The Rocks.
Akos, one of the owners of Paniq Room Sydney, first told me about SEN3ES last year, but it took my team ages to find a
babysitter and a night that suited us all to check it out. We finally did so in April 2016.
The theme of the room is that you and your friends are entering the mysterious
house of a famous magician, in search of his lost secrets. As you continue through the rooms of the
house, the doors close behind you and there doesn't seem to be a way back. Is
the magician still around? Don't let yourself be tricked or let him screw with
your mind. You need to overcome the magician's tricks and escape using your
senses. You may lose your sense of time, but remember that you only have 60
minutes to get out! If you don't, the magician will be stuck in your mind
As always, I will start with what I liked about Paniq Room’s SEN3ES:
1.It was a truly excellent room that lived up to our very high
expectations. It was
very different to either Bunker or Supercell - I really like that Paniq Room offers 3 very different rooms.
2.Paniq Room do not make easy rooms!
I think Military Bunker has the most individual puzzle elements of any
room in Sydney (at least it did at the time that we tried it) and anyone who
has tried Supercell knows that it is a really challenging room (for beginners
and experienced players alike). SEN3ES is no exception – it was really
challenging, but unlike Military Bunker or Supercell, it really does require
you to use your other senses to escape, which was awesome.
3.As always, Paniq Room has designed a room with a really good mix of hunt
and seek fun and puzzle solving. The
puzzles are challenging but definitely solvable. Our team went pretty well – I think we
escaped in about 48 minutes, without any hints.
I understand some teams have managed to escape in as little as 40
minutes, but we hold the record for escaping in the fastest time with no
hints at all (which we all know is what really counts ;-)
4.The communications system is truly perfect. A dark voice simply speaks to you. Unlike many other escape room operators, Paniq Room
always has a dedicated game master who is watching your every move, ready to
provide hints to ensure you have a fun experience. Akos, our game master also added his own
element of magic to our experience, which really helped to set the scene (and
still has us wondering how he did it ;-)
5.This room was so much fun. All
parts of the escape were different, often requiring a different way of thinking
compared to most other escape rooms.
6.The room design is excellent. There
are some elements that really do play with your mind – from sensory overload to
7.As always, the theming was great.
A benefit of having a theme situated in the home of an eccentric (or
crazy) magician is that you can have fun with designing the room and can
include all kinds of props, which will all fit the theme.
As for the parts that we didn’t like so much with the room, I have
nothing at all to report here.
We loved this room! All of the
puzzles were great and some were completely unlike anything we have seen before
in Australia. SEN3ES is challenging, at
times confusing, it will make you work up a sweat, but you will definitely have
a great time.
These guys really know how to design and operate an escape room.
PS – Congratulations in advance to Akos and Martina on the impending
arrival of Sydney’s newest (and youngest) escape room game master. I’m looking forward to trying your fourth,
fifth, sixth, etc rooms under the guidance of Akos Junior ;-)
Gloucester Street, The Rocks (entry Cambridge Street)
Themes: 3 themes
$140 for 4 adults (but we played at the kind invitation
of Akos and
Overall Summary: A truly
excellent room that tests all of your senses!