A whole new level of adventure to Brisbane's escape rooms
Escape Rooms are physical adventure games where you are locked in a room with a small team of people and you have to solve a series puzzles to escape. Quest Rooms in South Brisbane has opened recently with 2 great story based escape rooms designed to take Brisbane to a whole new level of puzzle based escapes.
Escape rooms are a recent development with the most commonly cited date of invention being that one opened in Japan in 2007 and have since taken the world by storm. The classic concept is that you need to solve several puzzles to unlock the main door and escape. The simplest is just a room and puzzles, with more elaborate ones having a a story, sometimes with the goal to achieve something other than just escape.
Quest Rooms was started by two Russia guys living here in Brisbane. After returning to Moscow, where there are over 500 escape rooms with a wide range of themes, concepts and puzzles, they wanted to bring these deeper experiences to Brisbane with story based escape scenarios.
When we went there we tried the Sherlocked room which is obviously a classic Sherlock Holmes themed room, where your task is not so much to escape but to locate and defuse a terrorist bomb.
This is easier room that they have with a wide range of different puzzles. I promised not to talk too much about the room but the process involves working as a team, looking for clues, and really trying a range of different things. The puzzles are generally fun with the process involving working out which clues go with what to create a solution.
There were a couple of puzzles that did stump us, but luckily you can get hints on what to do to solve each puzzle. Most of the problems we had with puzzles is looking in the wrong spot, trying the wrong technique or ignoring a clue. These were solved by trying something else and ending up with the solution.
Overall it was a great experience and we are thinking of brushing up on our puzzle solving skills and then going back and trying the slightly harder Jigsaw horror escape room. We are also looking forward to seeing what they will do with their next planned room which they are still working on.
Overall, Quest Rooms take a great deal of care and attention in creating a great escape experience. The two rooms that they have at the moment are very different, with each one being its own unique immersive experience. You really do need a team to escape. Each of you are looking around and finding clues to the puzzle and putting them together..
The rooms attract a wide range of escapees, and are a great experience for a group of friends. While most people who go to the escape rooms are younger, between 25 and 35, this is something for everyone. Though the youngest age allowed is 16.
A note on parking and transport. Quest Rooms is located in South Brisbane. There is no big obvious sign out the front, but it is still easy enough to find. Parking is not really a problem and there is even a couple of car parking spots out the front and more on weekends and evenings in front various businesses that are closed.
However other than office hours, there is little problem in finding car parking spots near the venue. It is far enough away from the main strip of restaurants that you can find parking easily in the evening from after 4 pm, but near enough that you can walk to restaurant or cafe for food and drinks before or after visiting Quest.
The author attended the escape experience as a guest of Quest Room.