Have you ever wanted to be locked in a room where you would have to put your detective skills to the test in an attempt to escape? Well, we’ve compiled a list of the best escape rooms in Sydney which will prove whether or not you’ve got what it takes to be the next Sherlock Holmes. Each room boasts a different theme so it’s easy to find something to suit you and your level of horror tolerance. The clock is ticking so pick your fellow teammates carefully and try to crack the code before your time runs out. Do you have what it takes to escape?
Not everything is as it seems when you first enter the room and, as the timer starts counting down the sixty minutes you have to escape, team members scramble to find the clues that will help them solve this live-sized puzzle. Clock Locked manages to challenge even the brightest academic and will have your brain going into overdrive to finish in time. If you want to try something different with your group of friends, this escape room is the perfect team-building exercise and will actually make you feel accomplished – well if you managed to escape, that is.
The props really make it seem as if you’ve taken a step out of the 16th century with a few pieces coming straight from Da Vinci’s most famous accomplishments. If you were one of the many who enjoyed reading Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, this escape room will bring you into that world on a slightly smaller scale and will have you scratching your head, wishing you had Robert Langdon to help you on your escape. For those who have already attempted the room and want to try something new, Clock Locked has two other themed puzzles including a Dexter murder mystery case and a newly-opened Cleopatra arena where players will travel back to Ancient Egypt.
Where: Level 5 330 Wattle St, Ultimo
When: Mon – Fri | 5pm – 10pm | Sat – Sun | 10am – 10pm
Contact: 02 9212 4947 | Official Website
Every second counts when you enter a world brimming with creepy undertones which make it just that little bit harder to keep a cool head while completing the puzzles. ParaPark will take every brave player into an abandoned building with 60 minutes on the clock where you and your team will be left to your own devices – splitting up to cover more ground is always a good place to start.
With logic your best chance at escaping, you may want to bring along your best problem-solving buddies although, if you do get stuck on a particularly difficult part of the game, you can always ask for a clue to help your team out. ParaPark does limit your squad to five intelligent individuals (you can request six, but do so in advance), but their twin rooms will allow two different teams to battle it out in a head-to-head race against the clock.
Where: 2/119 Wicks Rd, Macquarie Park
When: Tue – Sun | 11am – 11pm
Contact: 02 9889 4455 | Official Website
Few moments in your life prepare you for being thrown in a real-life prison scenario where your only hope of survival is escaping the barred chamber before the guards arrive. This ominous escape room kicks off with your team being handcuffed then lead to your cell where your first task is to find the key to unlock your hands. From there, players must survey the room and find the codes that will open the remaining padlocks scattered around your cell.
You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled whilst searching the room, or else you may just miss the clue that will ultimately lead you to your great escape – beware, there are a few red herrings. With time running out, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s every man for himself or if you truly care about your friends as well (or at least their puzzle-solving prowess).
Where: 40 Gloucester St, The Rocks
When: Mon – Sun | 10am – 10:30pm
Contact: 0414 468 430 | Official Website
A missile facility has been built on the dark side of the moon by none other than the evil genius Doctor Disaster. He’s now threatening to destroy the world, but luckily you’ve been able to sneak into the launch centre through the help of an insider and it’s up to your team of specialized individuals to shut down the missile sequence before time runs out.
Feel the thrill as you solve puzzle after puzzle, only to tense up again when you realize that the clock is ticking and you’ve found yourself stuck at yet another problem. The room itself also has a few easter eggs of pop culture villains through the ages so keep an eye out for them – just don’t take too long appreciating the props, or else you might find yourself in a mad dash to escape.
Where: Suite 602, Level 6, 262 Pitt St, Sydney
When: Mon – Sun | 12pm – 10pm
Contact: 0423 890 215 | Official Website
Dr M. is brimming with creepiness as you enter the escape chamber filled with props more befitting for a high-tech mental asylum. To add to the atmosphere, Dr. M involves the story of a mad scientist who begins experimenting on humans after his son commits suicide, so you definitely want to make your escape before the 80 minutes are up.
Mission Room Escape manages to pull off one of the most technology-based themes around Sydney which all work smoothly to provide an exciting experience and some puzzles you have never seen before. With a 20% success rate, you may want to try your hand at a few other escape rooms – Mission Room Escape’s Vampire Castle is a great place to start – before you attempt this one, otherwise you will end up as Dr M’s next lab rat.
Where: 301/332-336 Pitt St, Sydney
When: Mon – Thur | 9:30am – 11pm | Fri – Sun | 9:30am – 12am
Contact: 02 8937 0205 | Official Website