The door shuts. The timer starts. As 60 minutes starts to tick away you're left with a handful of things: puzzling clues, locked doors and a mystery that only you can solve. This is the concept that has drawn would-be detectives to escape rooms around the world; and it's what you'll find at The Escape Hunt Experience Adelaide.
Based in the centre of Adelaide (enter from Twin Street, just off Rundle Mall) in a gorgeous old building decked out in antique furniture, it's no wonder that Adelaide's Escape Hunt explores some of our own local historical mysteries. Opening in late 2015, players were presented with three unique mysteries set in five different game rooms.
After arriving in the decked out lobby and lounge bar area, you're escorted down the old wooden steps and debriefed on your task.
Those who caught on to the Escape Hunt craze early were able to play Kidnapping at the Zoo, one of the easier rooms where budding detectives could cut their teeth. Racing against the clock, you had to find out who kidnapped the Adelaide Zoo's most famous resident, Newsboy the Hippo.
Most escape rooms are always updating and changing. While Kidnapping at the Zoo has been retired there are still three rooms to explore.
Murder at the Winery is your ticket to Adelaide's Barossa Valley Wine region without the long drive. Although it's not all wine tastings and lounging in the sun. A famous winemaker has been murdered and your mission is to find his killer before is death is blamed on a dodgy bottle of wine.
Spy on the Beach takes it's setting from one of Adelaide's greatest mysteries - the Somerton Man. A real life case, where a man was found fully clothed on Somerton Beach with no clear cause of death and a mysterious note in his pocket. This escape room explores the story further and uncovers a potential explanation for the mystery as you investigate his death and the strange details surrounding it.
[B]The Collector's Curse[B] The Collector's Curse is the newest escape room at the Escape Hunt Adelaide. Your team of detectives must enter the old Adelaide Hills mansion of a strange man known at the collector. As well as a passion for antiques, he's also a dark arts aficionado. Filled with lots of logic puzzles, this is a room that will really make you think. The decor is also so realistic, that you could easily believe you'd stepped into someone's grand lounge room.
Each room can hold up to five players, but Murder at the Winery and Spy on the Beach each have two identical rooms so groups can go head to head to see who solves the mystery first. Pricing is based on the number of people in the room, starting at $36 each for two players down to $30 each when you've got five players.
The nature of the game means that we can't give too much away. Part of the fun is the mystery surrounding what you're going to uncover and how you're going to solve the various puzzles and clues that you'll discover.
These three rooms are going to stick around for a while, but like most Escape Rooms there's eventually going to be a complete makeover and you'll have three new mysteries to test your detective skills on.
As well as the game rooms, upstairs is also decked out with a bar filled with local wine, beer, cider and spirits, and plenty of chesterfield lounges adding to the vintage vibe. There's a cupboard full of boardgames and puzzles on every table, but you can also just pop in to enjoy a drink in a beautiful setting.
The Escape Hunt Experience Adelaide is open 7-Days a week from 10am till late. Rooms are often booked out, so to avoid being disappointed it's best so book in advance. As well as being a fun activity, the Escape Hunt space can also be rented out for events and parties and the game rooms are popular team building activities for corporate events.
Once you complete all three rooms you'll be hanging out for more.
The building in the top photo has steps long enough for long feet and they don't appear to be too deep either. They should be safe for a lot of people with above average size feet and people who have difficulty lifting their feet high enough - including young children.