A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published March 13th 2019
Can you escape in time?
If you're a Melburnian who hasn't yet been to an escape room – you are missing out on a whole world of fun. If you're a Melburnian who hasn't even heard of an escape room – where have you been for the last five years? Melbourne first popped it's escape room cherry in 2014 and hasn't looked back since. A quick Google search will turn up dozens of these popular attractions. I have now been to escape rooms in two different locations, but this article focuses on Locked In Escape Rooms, where I have played two different rooms.
The owner of Locked In (a retired teacher) planned all of the rooms herself and worked out how all of the clues, puzzles and codes come together to create the games. This is truly impressive when you see how much attention to detail there is and how well everything works in the game. We had a very interesting chat with her before our session and she is a great host. You can find out about each of the different rooms here and choose whichever one most intrigues you.
My first visit to Locked In was fraught with excitement, anticipation and a touch of nerves. Were they really going to lock us in? What would happen if we couldn't get out? What was it actually all about? On arrival, everything was explained to us very clearly so we understood what our task was and what safety measures were observed. And no, for safety reasons, we were not actually locked in and could walk out of the room/s at any time should we wish to do so. Watching this video on the Locked In website will shed more light on how the games actually work.
That first visit, my husband and myself along with a couple of friends attempted a room based on the premise that a fortune teller had stolen a precious ring from our grandmother and we had to find the ring and find our way out of the room (a different entrance/exit to the one we had used to get in). The clues were hidden in a whole range of places and took many different forms; codes, puzzles, messages etc. It was a really fun room and I thoroughly enjoyed my first time (ahem!). Cameras and microphones in the rooms mean that staff can see and hear what you're doing at all times which sounds creepy but is actually very helpful. On the odd occasion we got totally stumped we were called on the internal phone and gently pushed in the right direction.
Can you be the first to get to the Carbine Diamond?
This particular room is no longer available at Locked In (sad face), but the second one we attempted is still going strong and there are now three other rooms available to play too. Wrongly Accused is the game we played on our second visit which begins with you being 'locked in' a prison cell. You need to find your way out and prove that you are not responsible for the crime of which you have been wrongly accused. This game was totally different from the first game we played but just as much fun. I personally found it slightly harder than the first one, but my husband disagreed – escape rooms clearly play on your individual strengths and weaknesses.
I highly recommend Locked In Escape Rooms and I am desperate to go back and try some of the other rooms (babysitting offers anyone?). In particular, the Carbine Diamond room sounds right up my street. This one sees you pitting your wits against another team in a race to seize a precious diamond. There's nothing like a bit of rivalry on date night, right? You can book a time slot here, but be warned – once you try one room you will be hooked!
Hi Lucy, thanks so much for your thorough and kind review. It is certainly a passion of mine and I am so glad you and your team had fun. Madame Jarvier will always hold a place in my heart for being the first room I designed. Breakout Bendigo Escape Rooms have actually bought the room design from me and it is currently operating there.
Owner of Locked in Escape Rooms.
Thanks so much for your very kind and detailed review. I am so glad you and your team had an enjoyable experience.
Madame Jariver, our fortune teller room has been purchased and moved to Breakout Bendigo Escape Rooms.
Owner, Locked in Escape Rooms, Mornington.