We took our first steps into the Deadly Discovery Room. The door clasped shut behind us. Our eyes quickly darted around the room.
The countdown was ON.
We were met with a short corridor. One of the walls was embellished with lush grass. Directly opposite, there was an open pipe system. Beside our feet, there was a bucket and a locked box. At the end of the corridor was a mailbox with the number 18.
That was all.
Well, that was all at first glance. In actuality, the room was a maze of puzzles, codes and keys. With some unusual thought and team effort, the possibilities of the room were able to explode.
After some time, a hint of bickering and a touch of assistance from staff, we found a solution and slipped through a large door into another clue-ridden destination. This time, the room encompassed a messy office desk, a bookcase and some mysterious wall art.
As we had been briefed earlier, our overall aim was to uncover a formula for a penicillin-resistant bacteria. The formula was kept a closely-guarded secret and it was entirely up to us to destroy it before it could ruin the lives of innocent South Australians.
Finally, a mish mash of letters, numbers, X-Rays, bacteria samples and clocks allowed us to find the formula and escape the room in the nick of time.
Literally the nick of time - we exited the Deadly Discovery Room with merely 41 seconds to spare!
Though I was proud of my time, I don't think it would be either healthy or sustainable for me to become a real detective given how extreme my heart rate was upon exiting the room.
Aside from being a good test of the limits of your brain, Escape Hunt proves to be the ultimate test of patience and ability to stay calm in stressful situations. I can imagine there would be a large amount of torn friendships and arguing couples exiting the room!
In total, Escape Hunt offers a choice of five different escape rooms. The Deadly Discovery Room is regarded as a medium/hard difficulty room, along with the Murder at the Winery Room. There are lesser difficulty rooms available, or even trickier rooms. If you're feeling confident, I suggest giving the trickier rooms a whirl straight up, but if you want to ease into the detective lifestyle and gradually build up your abilities, there is no reason why you can't start on an easier room.
Whatever room you choose, the time limit will remain the same - one hour to escape!
One of my favourite things about Escape Hunt is that there is a bar situated in the lobby of the building. There is an array of spirits, beer, wine, cider and soft drink available, as well as some light snacks.
Take some advice from me: drinks are better served after your Escape Hunt when your mind no longer needs to be in perfect working order.
To make the experience more enjoyable, I was met with a bunch of dedicated staff who were just as excited as I was to be saving the world with my code-cracking skills. They were always only a button away if we required a hint or had any questions during the escape room adventure.