Do you have what it takes to solve the mysteries?
If you are looking for some challenging and brain-busting experiences, that are both fun and interactive, look no further than Escape Break Bangkok, the latest real-life escape game in the city. It’s a place where both intelligence and teamwork are equal partners. Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes by playing the part of detective, as you go about solving a series of mysteries that will eventually allow you to escape from a completely locked room. But you only have 60 minutes to do so!
Teams as small as two, or as large as seven, can choose from four uniquely themed and decorated game rooms—Relic Rush, Ghost Ship, Kowloon Captive (all for beginners), and Outbreak (for experienced players)—and each has its own set of circumstances, clues, and puzzles. There are six working rooms in total. Two of the four room themes are duplicated, and this allows groups of seven or more to be split into two teams and then compete against each other (two different rooms but with the same theme).
Within the one-hour time limit teammates need to exhaustively investigate the room, searching for any clues, and making use of whatever objects they find. The room holds many secrets, but not everything is a clue and you might be misled and distracted by some of the red herrings. Also, teammates need to communicate extensively and work as a team—once you find something, let others know. But don’t despair if you get stuck in the middle of the game and find yourself overwhelmed by the confusing mountain of riddles, as the personal ‘Escape Master’ is watching from outside (via CCTV camera) and will provide some useful hints if you and your team are floundering.
Perched on the 3rd floor of the NST One building (a stone’s throw from BTS Sala Deang, exit 2), Escape Break is suitable for ages 6 and up, but kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. So whether you’re seeking a little adventure with friends, a fun-filled activity for family members, a corporate team building session, or an exhilarating sixty-minute dating experience, these grey matter games guarantee players some mind-bending fun.
Because the five of us were beginners, the first game we played was Relic Rush, where the game scenario places you amongst the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The pre-game instruction video told us we were a group of amateur archaeologists searching for the long lost golden artefact, and had to escape from the ruins before the doors shut forever. As the 60-minute countdown began we started searching all over the room to find the clues to solve the various mysteries which in turn would unearth more puzzles and eventually allow us to escape. The room was decorated with all sorts of faux Indiana Jones style props, and the clues were well hidden. It was also not very easy to figure out what were clues, and what was merely decoration. Every time, we hit a dead end, the Escape Master saw we needed help and came into the room, pointing out one or two clues that we’d overlooked or misunderstood. Then we’d have a “yes!” moment and were back on track. Eventually, one after another we solved all the puzzles and finally got out of the room with both a sense of achievement and a lot of laughs along the way.
After our huge success at cracking the codes of the Relic Rush game, we immediately wanted to try another game, and so we chose Ghost Ship (another entry level game room). Here we travelled back in time to 1872, somewhere in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. We were there to investigate a ghostly shipwreck floating in the ocean, but—according to the instructional video—we were stuck in the cabin and had to escape before the oncoming storm arrived. We started this game pretty well, since we had a better understanding of what to do, but it wasn’t exactly easy either. The room was filled with many locked treasure boxes, and loads of pirate-themed items, but it was always hard to tell if they were useful or useless. However, once again we successfully completed our quest, thanks to our wits, teamwork and just one useful prompt from our helpful Escape Master.
By Pongphop Songsiriarcha
Escape Break Bangkok
3F, NST One, 281/19-23, Silom Soi 1
Tel: 02 631 1668
Open daily: 11am-9am (Last game 8pm)