Loves going out and about in Canberra and writing about her adventures! Also addicted to coffee, high teas, escape rooms, and dressing up.
Published October 1st 2018
Will you find the cure before time runs out?
The year is 2022. A mysterious virus known as valerium has suddenly appeared and plunged the world into chaos. No quarantine could contain the virus as it spread across the world, killing thousands.
Genesis Laboratories is a major pharmaceutical company that wants to recruit scientists to help find a cure for valerium. You respond to their job offer. However, when you arrive, things are not quite what they seem. Can you find a cure to stop valerium before it's too late?
An escape room is an immersive, interactive, physical adventure game where you and other players are placed in a specially designed room. Each room has its own individual theme and storyline. The room has clues and puzzles which you need to find and solve together in order to get out. And you are given only one hour to escape.
First created in Japan in 2007, escape rooms can now be found in many cities all over the world, including Canberra. Toxic is offered by the newest escape room company in town, Revelation Puzzle Rooms.
Revelation Puzzle Rooms Revelation Puzzle Rooms co-owner Daniel is an escape room enthusiast. After having done all of the other escape rooms in Canberra and a few in Sydney, he made one in his own house! It was "super basic, but I really enjoyed the process of designing and building it," he tells me, "then I started to consider making a business out of it." He was enrolled in a Bachelor of Nutrition at the University of Canberra but wasn't really enjoying it so he began looking for a different path. After nine months of hard work, Daniel and his friend, Amiel, opened up Revelation Puzzle Rooms in Fyshwick.
Daniel and Amiel chose to call their business Revelation Puzzle Rooms for two reasons. "Firstly, the best thing about an escape room is the 'aha' moment you get when you solve a puzzle, or in other words, the revelation," Daniel says. "Secondly, we went with 'puzzle room' rather than 'escape room' since we felt that the word escape room tends to alienate people who may think it's something really weird or creepy, and it doesn't really define us well in terms of our future plans for Revelation."
Toxic Toxic is Revelation's first adventure. "There's lots of science-y and lab themed puzzles," Daniel says. "However, don't be scared off if you don't enjoy science! There isn't any real science in the room. You won't be writing up 20 000 word lab reports about your findings about Valerium! We designed Toxic to be a kind of intro into escape rooms. It covers most of the major puzzle types and has lots of puzzle variety."
A group of friends and I tried Toxic and we found it to be a very unique and exciting adventure, with enough challenging puzzles to keep us on our toes and get our hearts racing and our brains ticking fast. It was a truly immersive experience, and we did feel like we really were scientists desperately and urgently racing around for a cure for valerium. But I don't want to reveal too much to our readers-you'll have to experience this adventure for yourselves!
While Toxic is their only adventure so far, Daniel says that soon they will be releasing their newest room called Doomsday. "It will be a completely different experience to Toxic, however, it utilises the same space. This 2 in 1 style is a first in Canberra, and perhaps Australia. We can't say too much about our other rooms at this stage, so stay tuned to our social media for more updates!"
The achievements of the best teams with the fastest times of completing TOXIC are proudly displayed
You may never have heard of escape rooms before, or you may already know of them but are unsure about what they really are and perhaps a little afraid of trying one out! Well, I can assure you that I was very unsure indeed when I first heard about them, and it took quite some time before I bravely agreed to try one. And when I did, it was actually one of the hardest (and certainly the creepiest!) escape room adventures in Canberra. But since then, I've done eight other escape rooms (including Toxic) and I have absolutely enjoyed each and every one.
So for a truly unique and absolutely enjoyable experience, whether it's for a group of friends looking for something different to do other than eating or drinking their way around Canberra, a family group wanting to bond or celebrate a birthday, couples on a date, or workplaces wanting to do a bit of team building, then go on an escape room adventure.