An exciting, fast-paced team game that gets the brain buzzing and the adrenaline rushing is bound to be a big hit with Kids in Australia! First introduced in Japan in 2010, escapism quickly caught on all over Asia and is now taking off around the world. And Australia is certainly keeping up with this fast-growing trend, with escape rooms opening up across the country.
Escape Rooms Explained
An escape room game is a challenge in which a team of people are locked in a room and have to figure out how to escape within a time limit, usually of one hour. It’s a race against time to find clues, crack codes and solve riddles and puzzles to get out of the room before the clock stops ticking!
In most escape rooms, the search is ultimately for a key or keys to unlock the room’s door, but the challenges and experiences differ in every room and many have interesting themes, from murder mysteries and jail breaks to secret gardens and treasure hunts.
Why Take the Escape Room Challenge
Doing an escape room challenge is a great way to spend time with family or friends. It’s a fun activity that mixes mental challenges with time pressure to create an adrenalin-filled exhilarating experience that’s great for building teamwork skills and quick thinking. We think everyone will enjoy the exciting, bonding experience of taking the challenge together, and best of all, you could get the satisfaction of beating the clock and escaping the room!
Who can take part?
Team sizes range from two players to ten, depending on where you go. The age limits for taking part also vary, but because the experiences are designed to be quite challenging, they often tend to be more suitable for older kids, usually from around thirteen up. Younger children usually have to be accompanied by an adult.
Most escape rooms are great for birthday parties and many venues also offer customised experiences for larger groups.
Where to Find Escape Rooms
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Riddle Room (coming soon)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Labyrinth Escape Rooms at Suite 3/85-93 Victoria Road, Paramatta
Clock-Locked at Suite 101, Level 5, 330 Wattle Street, Ultimo
The Escape Club at 24 Gardeners Rd, Kingsford
Escape Hunt at Level 4, 393 George Street, Sydney
Escapism at Strike at 22 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney
Mission at Suite 301, 332-336 Pitt St, Fortuna House, Sydney
No Way Out at Suite 3/57 Denison Street, Camperdown
Paniq-Room at 40 Gloucester Street, The Rocks
ParaPark at 2/119 Wicks Road, Macquarie Park
The Enigma Room at Suite 602, Level 6, 262 Pitt Street, Sydney
The Mystery Puzzle at Level 1, 37 Bligh Street, Sydney
Escape Hunt at 77 Russell Street, West End
Escapism at Strike Wintergarden, Level 1 Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall
Fort Locks at Unit 12 / 887 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley (entrance from Wandoo Street)
Puzzled Room Escape at 2/1177 Logan Rd, Holland Park West
Solve & Unlock at 3 Zamia Street, Sunnybank
Escape Hunt at 2/162 Scarborough Street, Southport
BreakOut the Room at 564 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan
Escape Room Oz at Shop 10a, 51-55 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
Escape Hunt at Shop 3, 190 Queen Street, Melbourne
Escape Room at Shop 9 & 10, Level 1, Paramount Mall, 108 Bourke Street, Melbourne
escapeXperience at Level 1, 38-40 Eaton Mall, Oakleigh
Escapism at Strike at Cnr Lonsdale Street and Russell Street, Melbourne
Exitus at 23 Salmon St, Port Melbourne
Orz Escape at Level 3, 180 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Rush Escape Game at Suite 4, 230 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Escape Realm at 3 Riverside Avenue, Werribee
Mystic Clue at Unit 7/ 1451 Albany Highway, Cannington
Escape Hunt at U29A/36 The Piazza, South Terrace, Fremantle
Are you up for the escapism challenge? If there isn’t an escape room near you yet, there will be soon!