Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Escaping from the Escape Room (Sutera Mall)

What can you do within 45 minutes? Have a meal? Watch a documentary series or drama? How about trying to escape from a locked room within 45 minutes?

Real life room escape games are the latest indoor entertainment adventure game where participants are locked in a room to find clues and solve a series of puzzles and riddles in order to escape from the room within a set time limit. It is a test of your logic, intuition, intellect and team work with your team mates to find the key and break out in the fastest time.

Since last year, there has been an influx of escape room games sprouting in Malaysia providing another entertainment alternative. We decided to be adventurous and go for the games in Escape Room which is conveniently located on the 4th level within Sutera Mall, where shopping, dining and entertainment are house under one roof.

Most of the game posters on the wall looked scary and we began to feel concern that the children may have nightmares or even develop a phobia of being locked up in a confined space. The helpful staff at Escape Room recommended their "UP - Bon Voyage" room, based on the comedy-adventure film by Disney-Pixar. It is family friendly, colourful and suitable for the little ones to participate. A great game room to start with especially if you are a first timer.

While there is no minimum age requirement for all the games, it is recommended for participants under the age of 16 to bring along an adult guardian.

During game play, no mobile phones or portable devices are allowed. Strictly no photo-taking, recording or disclosure of the clues and puzzles as this will spoil the fun for subsequent challengers.

To abide the rules and regulations, we kept our belongings in the locker provided before stepping into our first Escape Room!

Denver & Gladys were extremely excited as we put all our brain juice to work trying to look for clues all around us and solving it. Initially, we thought it would be a piece of cake but our confidence started to shake as we found ourselves not progressing and precious time is dwelling away!

Since every game is entitled to 2 helplines, we decided to call for HELP! It was a nerve-breaking experience as we were competing with time! After our combined efforts and using up all our helplines, I am ashamed to say that the outcome was 'disappointing'. Our group of 7 FAILED to escape from the room. Sobz!!!

Attempt to escape from UP room - FAILED!

Fine.. Maybe we lacked of some experience on our first round. To proof our worth, we decided to go for Round 2 - The Abandon Factory. Each room has a different theme, layout and scenario but our kiddos are loving it so much that they decided to go another round even though the upcoming room is not as cute and lovable as compared to the first one!

Once again, we were led into another locked room feeling totally clueless! This room felt even harder than before and soon enough, we used up our 2 helplines. It is funny that once you got the hints from the staff that you start to fill the gaps and see the puzzles fitting in nicely. However, it was too late as precious time has been wasted.

YES! We FAILED to escape from the abandon factory within the 45 minutes time limit.  

Despite losing on both rounds, we had a great bonding time. A time without mobile devices and handhelds, a time away from the outside temptations, a time where I find myself not busy taking pictures and a time where we are talking to each other, cracking our brains to solve every single piece of puzzle. A 45 minutes WELL SPENT! Will we be back again? Sure! We hope to hold the WINNER banner on our next challenge! Are you game to give it a try!?

Address: L4-029 Sutera Mall, No. 1, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300. Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS: 1.517663, 103.671464


Normal/Weekend/Public Holiday: RM36
Offpeak: RM32

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