Ultimate Roomscape in Malaga currently offers three different themed escape rooms, with varying difficulty (a fourth will be coming soon). Actually finding it is the first major challenge, as the address is on Bonner Ave, and while you enter the carparks from Bonner, the building itself is actually on the back of the complex and faces out to Beach Road. Here is my hint: look for the Tuppawaer building on Bonner and turn into the carpark immediately opposite. Drive all the way up towards Beach Road, past the markets and then turn right.
Games cost $35 per person and you have one hour to solve the mystery and escape the room. Of course, due to Health and Safety regulations, you aren't actually locked in the room, so if you suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety, it's good to know that.
The hall is non-descript... you never know what will lie behind the doors
The rooms are booked in groups of various sizes. Some games have a minimum of two players, other a minimum of four. The maximum is eight for all rooms, and you will not be placed with strangers even if you have a small group. You are asked to arrive fifteen minutes early, to psych yourself up and prepare. You are not allowed to take in smart phones or cameras, although they would not be of any help (except possibly as an extra light source).
All the clues are available in the rooms (if you know what to look for) and even when there is a certain theme, such as science or archaeology, you aren't required to have any specific knowledge - just common sense, an open mind and a keen curiosity. There are free lockers where you can place your bags and belongings while you are in the game rooms.
When your group has all arrived, you are blind folded and with hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you, marched to your room. Your host will read the first part of the story and then make their exit. If you're a first timer, you will probably see them again, as each room is allowed a certain number of clues. The easier games allow two free 'clues', the harder ones, three. There is a switch on the wall, which you simply press and your host will soon appear.
All roomers have their photo added to the wall of fame and shame
I suggest you don't wait out of pride or embarrassment before asking for help. We wasted fifteen minutes due to what ended up being equipment errors and malfunctions, and if we had asked for help sooner, we may have progressed further through our rooms.
Notice the plural? Yes, our excitement and celebration at finally unlocking the door was short-lived as we realised we were in a second room which we needed to escape from as well. We didn't make it in time, and died a miserable death after being exposed to a killer virus, but it merely made us more determined to return and try another room.
Ultimate Roomscape is a fun, frustrating and ultimately addictive way to spend an evening with friends or family. Whether you escape or not in your designated time, it will whet your appetite for more.
Individual passes are $35 and games can be booked online. Five game multi-passes are $140, saving you $35 and you have six months to play all five games (NB the website says they have five themed rooms, but there only seem to be three you can currently book via the website).
Ultimate Roomscape is open daily except Tuesdays from 10am to late (9pm/midnight).