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The Mystery Rooms

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by Mon's Adventure (subscribe)
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Published May 20th 2016
Escape rooms shot up in popularity a year or two ago and now one has appeared on a mysteriously dark corner of Fitzroy.

As you walk past a pub, you may think you've taken a wrong turn until you see the barred door waiting for your arrival with a sign indicating you've reached the "Mystery Rooms". I guess the fact that we arrived for an 8.45pm night session added to the dark mood!

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Look out for this entrance!

After walking past a wall with a picture of Ned Kelly, you'll find yourself in a dim reception area before your escape room. I loved that even this area fit in with the mood of an escape room, almost making you feel like you are in an olden day prison.

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The Ned Kelly wall on the way to reception

There was also a Ned Kelly helmet replica to try on, which was quite heavy once you wear it!

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Try on the Ned Kelly helmet!

The team were very lovely, as they offered water and had a blackboard with a welcome message up for our team (we added the Rice Girls part!)

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Our little welcome sign

The Ned Kelly theme actually aligns with their second escape room, due to open at the end of this month. We were there to try the Footsteps of Pharaohs, an Egyptian themed room.

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The Footsteps of Pharaoh Entrance

We were given a puzzle before we entered the room - which my friend solved quite quickly, utilising skills we learnt back in high school.

We were then taken into the room, which was beautifully decorated to match the Egyptian feel. It's quite sandy so either wear open shoes or take your shoes off.

We were also accompanied by Cleopatra herself, acting as a guide and source of help in case we got stuck in the 60 minutes that we had to solve our way out of the room.

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Celebrating our escape

The puzzles in this room had a lot of variety - a sign before we entered the room indicated we would have to use senses such as hearing and smelling.

This made the whole experience very enjoyable, as each puzzle was quite different from the next. Some people had more strengths in areas than others - we did have to help our colour blind friend out in some instances too.

The variety also made the entire experience quite challenging. There was one team-building activity towards the end that really tested us and took a long time - making us think we'd never finish in time.

We did escape eventually - after going a little over time. The creative thinking that has gone into the puzzles made the room unpredictable but memorable, and the variety made it a true test of working in a team.

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Prison door

We had a peek of their upcoming escape rooms, the Ned Kelly one being the next to open and even included a prison door from a prison that housed Ned Kelly. The last room holds a Camelot theme and Jodie (one of the owners) seemed pretty excited about this one, so look out on their social media as they gradually open all rooms! They are also setting up an area where corporate teams can debrief after their session to discuss how they worked as a team.

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From the upcoming Ned Kelly room

If you love escape rooms and solving puzzles, you'll find this a lot of fun. Don't be fooled by the dim entrance on a quiet street (they are looking to get it lit up), because inside you'll find welcoming hosts and a unique indoor activity for the upcoming cold weather!

Another sneak peak
Another sneak peak

You can find out more and book online here.
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Why? To try your hand at some fun and challenging puzzles
When: Wed-Sun - check their online booking for available sessions
Phone: 0420566128
Where: 303 Napier St, Fitzroy
Cost: $37.50 per player
Your Comment
An interesting concept and so much better for socialisation than sitting a a computer games console.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7870) 1377 days ago
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