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 150 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 163). My aim is to help you to spend your hard-earned money on awesome rooms, not crappy ones...
Thursday, 12 July 2018
ELUDE Escape Rooms - Beat the Box Review
team returned to Elude in June 2018, having previously escaped from their
Perpetual Motion room in December 2017. You can read my review of
Perpetual Motion here.
Julia and Darren had invited my team back to try their new room,
Framed. Separately, Elude had recently
run an event at Relay for Life, to raise money for The Cancer Council. The event was a Beat the Box challenge, where
Elude had set up a number of large chests which were full of puzzles, with the
aim being for players to break into and retrieve an item from the box.
I thought it might be a nice idea for our team to try to Beat the Box as
a warm up before trying our hand at Framed.
Julia and Darren were kind enough to let our team try to Beat The
Box. They suggested that we try 2 teams
of 2 people (one box per team), but I thought it would be fun for us all to
split up and try separate boxes each.
Beat the Box was our 96th escape room experience in
Australia and our 66th escape room experience in Sydney.
As always, I'll start off with what I liked most about Beat the Box:
·the box is very cleverly designed.
It contains a number of separate sections. I was genuinely surprised at how many puzzles
were crammed into the box;
·the craftsmanship of the elements of the box is really impressive;
·as you would expect, the Beat the Box is a linear experience. I was genuinely impressed with the quality of
puzzles, most of which were really unique;
·I was really impressed with the adaptability of the Beat the Box. Julia and Darren explained that they had
recently run the Beat the Box challenge for a corporate team and they had tailored
aspects of the box to suit the particular corporate team;
·I think the Beat the Box is the future of escape room corporate team
building events. Elude has a heap of
Beat the Box boxes, which would allow them to come to a corporate team building
day and host groups of 50 or more employees.
I am often asked for recommendations for corporate team building events. Currently, there are VERY few rooms that I
can recommend for corporate team building in Sydney. Most corporates seem to go to Escape Hunt
Sydney, which in my view is a below average outfit and should be avoided. I really like the idea of the escape room
coming to you – it makes logistics so much easier for corporates;
·although I was off to a strong start, I ultimately got caught on one
puzzle (being a puzzle type that was not my wheelhouse (and which ordinarily I
would pass to one of my other team members)).
So I ultimately came in fourth place (of 4). Impressive I know. Whose idea was it to play individually rather
than in teams of 2 anyway…. ;-)
Beat the Box was was a really enjoyable escape room experience. We
used it as a warm up before we tried our hands at Framed – it was a great way
of getting our brains into gear.
I highly recommend Beat the Box to any corporate teams who would like to
try an escape room experience, but who would like the escape room to come to
Mid Dural Road, Galston, NSW
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Themes: 2 traditional rooms
so far (as well as this Beat the Box experience)
TBA (but we provided a
donation to the Cancer Council)
Overall Rating: A great escape room in a
box – perfect for corporate events!