On the Australia/NZ Escape Room Enthusiasts Facebook page, I learned about a pop up escape room that BMW had arranged over a 2 day period at the Sydney Opera House (thanks Craig Whitmore!). Tickets were free and were all snapped up very quickly.
I managed to secure a time slot for 6 people on the opening day. The room is based on a space theme where players need to find a missing second moon. For this escape room, I brought along 5 of my work colleagues (only one of whom was an experienced escape room player - most though had never been to an escape room or at most had been to only one or two rooms).
The escape room had been constructed beneath the Sydney Opera House. To get there, we walked down some "secret" corridors near the Opera Bar. It was really cool and it assisted in setting the scene. I didn't appreciate how cool the corridors beneath the Opera House are - they are largely cut straight out of sandstone. Similarly, the pre-game briefing area was a room with a bar in one corner and sandstone everywhere. Below is a photo of the hidden corridors:
This was my 94th escape room in Australia and my 64th room in Sydney.
I went into this escape room really not knowing what to expect. I have been to some fantastic pop up escape rooms (Jetpack Theatre's Art Heist was a great example). I was hopeful that this would be a decent room given that it was being put on by BMW (who aren’t exactly short of money), but you never really know.
Before we went into the room, we were offered free drinks and were given some puzzles to play around with. Then, when it was our turn, we were taken into the rooms. The experience had been created inside an area surrounded by curtain walls. There were 3 separate rooms in total.
Themes: One pop-up theme