10 sacrificial cages out of 10
If you haven’t done an escape room before, I honestly don’t know what you do for fun.
I recommend Mission Escape in Sydney. (Mainly because I’ve done two of their rooms recently and another one a few years ago that was soooo much fun.) They’ve got a good range for escape virgins up to experts and big ol’ rooms for groups. They also do more than just “find a key, open something, find a key, open something”. I’ve dodged lasers, gone in a hamster wheel, been put in handcuffs, and got forced into a sacrificial cage by my so-called friends.
PLEASE NOTE: AS MUCH AS I LOVE ESCAPE ROOMS, I REFUSE TO DO ONES WITH PEOPLE IN THEM THAT WILL JUMP OUT AND SCARE YOU! NO! WAY!
I’m also very easily scared so if you don’t want someone grabbing you every 2 minutes or screaming when there’s a noise, I don’t recommend having me as an escape partner.
I worked in an escape room for a few months and it was the best job ever. Not only running the rooms, but we also got to try out new rooms, and I helped set up a room which was so much fun. The best part for sure was getting to watch people try to get through the room, it was even better when people were struggling and would say things like “we’re intelligent people, we can figure this out”.
I had this bitchen idea for a tv show called “Celebrity Escape Room”. As the name suggests put a bunch of “celebrities”, mainly like comedians so it’ll be funny, in an escape room and watch them try to get out. Brilliant! I thought so anyway. The two people I told about it said it was stupid, so I didn’t pitch it. Fast forward a year and I was innocently perusing YouTube and what comes up…. “Celebrity Escape Room (Full TV Special)”. I almost died. It was a special thing raising money for Red Nose Day and it had people like Jack Black and Courtney Cox in it. Full disclosure, it was pretty boring, so I didn’t finish watching it BUT, I think that’s more to do with the American style and non-comics. I would have done it a bit differently. Still… missed opportunity.
Anyways, feeling happy? Escape room. Feeling a bit glum? Escape room. Feeling spontaneous? Lock yourself in a room for an hour and by the time you get out that spontaneous feeling will be gone.