So what is this escape room thing, anyway?

We’re glad you asked! An escape room is a room, or series of rooms, where you’re locked in with a time limit. The only way out (apart from an emergency escape button or key) is to solve puzzles in the room, unlock a series of locks, and get the final key or combination to get you out of the room. It’s a lot of fun!

Who on earth came up with the idea of locking people in rooms for fun?

The concept’s actually been around for a long time. But back in the day, you experienced it through video games. (Do we sound old for saying ‘back in the day’, or young for 'back in the day' having had video games?) Except in video games you weren’t necessarily confined to a room, but an entire level where you had to solve a series of puzzles to move on. Think Myst, or a whole slew of point-and-click adventure games.

Now we’ve graduated to real life! Who said video games discouraged social interaction?

Yeah, but isn’t it creepy?

We admit, a lot of the themes tend toward the sinister and mysterious—you are, after all, trying to escape. That said, we’ve seen some non-creepy themes as well. There’s In Memoriam by The Enigma Room, where you’re digging through someone’s memories, and The Bear’s Surprise Party by InsideOut Escape Games where you’re trying to unlock the door so a friend can come in and help decorate the place for a surprise party!

I’ve read some of your reviews, and they’re harsh. You MONSTERS!

We’re truly passionate about escape rooms, and their potential to introduce a much larger cross- section of people to the fun of puzzle solving, critical thinking, and all that head-scratching goodness. In order to get these people coming back for more, we believe the quality of an escape room plays a large part.

We’ve been to amazing, bad, and quite a range in between. We feel that it’s our responsibility to our readers (*wave*) to be honest about our thoughts and opinions. Hopefully, our reviews will help you make a more informed decision about where to spend your hard-earned money! And in the long-term, our dream is that we can contribute in some small way to raising the standard of escape rooms.

Why don’t your reviews have ratings out of five or ten or one hundred billion? I want numbers, dammit!

Though the concept of all escape rooms are the same at heart, they can also be very different.

It’s like comparing LoL to DOTA Monkey Island to King’s Quest apples to oranges (there, everyone understands that, right?) It just didn’t seem right to compare one to another numerically, as the experience can be so subjective. So we decided to describe the rooms instead, with pros and cons, and let you, dear reader, decide for yourself.

I run an escape room, and your review was worse than what my cat threw up. I demand you remove it!

We’re sorry your cat is throwing up, does he/she/it need to see a vet? lexi can recommend some good ones.

Our policy is not to remove reviews unless the group believes we’ve spoiled their puzzles. Those requests are handled on a case-by-case basis, and you can contact us at escaperoomreviews [at] gmail [dot] com

I run an escape room, and your reviews are awesome! Can you come and review our group’s room (or rooms)?

Of course we can! We’re located in Brisbane and Sydney, if you’re in either city or we’re heading out your way we’re more than happy to. Just be warned that we will be honest in our reviews (any games provided in an exchange for a review will be noted in a disclaimer). If you’re still interested, you can contact us at escaperoomreviews [at] gmail [dot] com