Escape room gaming has taken over Singapore by storm recently. If the concept sounds foreign to you, just image playing a virtual reality escape game and transforming that experience into reality. The idea is to immerse players into another world where players have to work with your fellow team mates to look for clues, solves puzzles and complete the task in a given time.
Alexis played something similar with his friends a while back and really enjoyed it so he was looking forward to give it another go at Roomraider with me and my friends.
Conveniently situated in Orchard Central, Roomraider offers 7 games of varying level of difficulty from the less intimating, Where’s Cuddles to the more hardcore, Prison Break, their latest and most challenging game so far.
Each room is crafted in meticulous detail by graphic designers, sound engineers and puzzle masters to give each game a heightened level of realism. The games are good for 2- 8 pax and for our team, we had 4 couples all ready to break out of prison.
Without giving too much of the game away, the 8 of us were split into two rooms where we had to look for clues in the cells that we were locked up and help the other team escape so that we can continue on our escape plan to clear our names for crimes that we were accused of. And to level up on the intensity of the game, the room that I went was in complete darkness.
We spend quite a bit of time in the room trying to figure out how we were going to look for clues when we couldn’t see a thing. We did got stumped at some points and the staff had to come in to drop us clues. But once we got the hang of it, it was easier to move along the challenges with the rest of the group. The key is to be observant. If something sticks out like a sore thumb or if there is no reason why a ___ will be there, then you should examine it closely because chances are, it’s going to be a clue. Being in a group of 8 means that not everyone can be involved to solve something. However, that said, more brains trying to crack a puzzle is always better than one.
At the end of it, our time was up before we could emerge from the last room. But in our defense, there was a technical glitch, hence we declared our challenge a SUCCESS! #notbeingsorelosers
Review of Roomraider
I was surprised that most of the rooms were rather simple in their set up. Not that I’m complaining since it also just means lesser distractions to keep us focused on the task at hand. It was a bum that some of the challenges at the start of the game was poorly executed. The other team that was supposed to be locked in another cell just walked right through it because it was not locked and the staff had to call them back, lock it and tell them to pretend it never happen 😛
Apart from that, the instructions from the staff was not very clear and their less than enthusiastic briefing for our mission added nothing to the excitement of the game. Nevertheless, it was still an overall fun experience for 45 minutes and makes for a fun group date with friends. This also makes for a great team-building activity as they have various rooms and everyone can play at the same time. Each session is priced at $22 on weekdays and $28 on weekends.
Address: 181 Orchard Road #05-45, Orchard Central
Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays: 12:30 pm – 11:00 pm
* A Juggling Mom was sponsored a game session at Roomraider to write this review however no monetary compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.