I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published March 25th 2016
Welcome to The Garden
Recently I was invited to try out one of the Exitus puzzle rooms to at Strike Bowling Bar in the Wintergarden shopping mall in the CBD. This was my fourth trip to a puzzle room and based on my previous three experiences I was pretty keen to give this one a go.
We arrived a little early to the venue, so we all headed to the waiting area, which was positioned quite perfectly... next to the bar. We enjoyed a drink each in this special zone set up for the exclusive use of puzzle room attendees. The tables we sat at were covered in little puzzle boxes and games to help get participants in the right state of mind. I enjoyed sipping my lovely drink and watching my husband and brother battle it out in an epic game of Jenga.
Practice your problem solving skills before heading up and in.
I'm not sure whether the group before us were extremely gifted puzzle-doers but our lovely bubbly host was back must quicker than expected to tell us the room was ready. We quickly finished off our drinks and followed him up stairs to the preparation room, where we locked up our electronic items (no sneaky photos allowed inside) and blindfolded up.
This is my family, a little more blind, ready to enter the room.
Previously we had given the Forensic room a go but this time we were visiting The Garden. Inside this puzzle room we were met with what appeared to be a beautiful little scene. There is no denying that the Exitus games have some major aesthetic appeal. The designers attention to detail is really quite remarkable. However you don't have too long to admire the craftsmanship of the venue, because upon closer investigation of our pretty little space it was clear that something was amiss, and once that door slams shut behind you… you only have 50mins to solve the clues and find your way back out.
I think what makes these games so great is that you have to engage so much of your brain to problem solve your way through the clues; you need your math brain, your arty brain and your wordy brain all switched on 100%. Plus it is a team game. There is no way just one person would escape in the time allotted, you really do have to work together in some places, and divide and conquer in others. But most importantly it is actually a lot of fun. I really thought being locked in a room undertaking such a time-pressured activity would make me want to ditch my family for good. However after our first trip to the forensic room with my mum, dad, husband, brother and close family friend I was super thrilled to bring them all back for our second trip.
Make sure you pack your camera or a mobile with a good flash, because although you can't take electronic devices into the room, you need one to take a goofy post-challenge group shot with all those talented people who helped you escape.