Jacq of all Trades, Master of Writing
Published June 29th 2015
The Escape Hunt Experience, Gold Coast
Are you looking for something a little different to do on a date night, or a night out with friends? If you enjoy playing games, but want a change from cards or board games, then The Escape Hunt Experience might just be the 3D new challenge you've been looking for. You really need your super sleuth skills, patience, persistence and outside the square thinking for this experience.
So, if you've ever fantasied about donning a Sherlock Holmes outfit, complete with double-capped hat and super sleuth cape, and venturing into your own crime-solving adventure, then give The Escape Hunt Experience on the Gold Coast a try. You'll get to solve codes, find clues and crack lock combinations. There are three crime-solving experiences to choose from, each with its own level of difficulty. Between two to five people can play the game. The more brain power between you the better the chance you'll have of completing the game in the allocated 60 minutes. Make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your booking time to allow for briefing on how to play the game. Each crime-solving game takes place inside a small room decorated and propped to suit the theme of each game.
Kidnapped on the Beach has a three star level of difficulty. I recommend starting at this level if you are completely unfamiliar with the concept. The success rate for this game is between 80 to 85%. In this game, a wealthy surf-loving heiress is kidnapped and held for ransom. You have 60 minutes to solve who the kidnappers are before the heiress is snuffed out.
Murder in the Cellar has a four star level of difficulty with a 50 to 55% success rate of solving the case within the 60 minutes. Your task is to solve who murdered the owner of a prominent Gold Coast Hinterland vineyard. Unfortunately, the wine bottles in the cellar are all empty, so if the stress of the clock ticking is getting to you, there's no relief.
Heist in the Art Gallery has a five star level of difficulty with a 5 to 10% success rate of solving the case within the 60 minutes. In this game you must solve who has stolen a large number of French impressionist paintings from the private gallery of a wealthy renowned artist.
There are surprises along the way as you work on unravelling the case. Clues are offered for those struggling to crack the codes via an intercom system. Don't be discouraged by the success rates of the games. If you don't succeed in solving the case within the 60 minutes, think of it as an opportunity to come back and try again. Some people become so addicted to the game that they continue to come back to challenge their record time and move on to the next level game.
I experienced The Escape Hunt, Murder in the Cellar with a group of five first timers. As we were all new to this experience we had no idea what to expect and were therefore quite lost throughout the game. We had to resort to buzzing the intercom for clues. We all felt that in order to avoid getting frustrated because we couldn't work something out, it would be more effective for first-timers to be well briefed in the progression of the game. Even when we cracked the first stage we didn't know where to progress to next because there were so many potential clues with no logical trail on how we were supposed solve the next stage. We wasted precious minutes trying to open a box that even the hostess said she found difficult to open. Things like this can cause frustration for the group and be off-putting for some. We did however manage to get through the game without murdering each other, or tearing the place apart.
All up, I feel that I would enjoy The Escape Hunt Experience more the second time around because I would know what to expect. I think that the better the hosts brief first-timers, the more enjoyable the experience will be. Once you get the hang of what you're doing and how the game works, there's a better chance you'll enjoy what the game has to offer. Of course, this may only apply to amateur sleuths, like me and my gang. For those more experienced super sleuth gamers who are addicted to online mystery-solving games, the 3D experience may be just the challenge they've been looking for. Try the challenge. You just may surprise yourself and find out a little more about the people you hang out with.