Escape rooms are one of the most immersive experiences and are the next best thing to living vicariously through fantasies from exciting books. We had a great time when we got to see them first-hand at Captivate Escape Rooms, leaving with lots of fond memories.
A well-spent afternoon of fun with friends couldn’t be better than with a trip here. Solving the mysteries of each place is more fun when done with buddies, especially since you need lots of brain juice to figure them out.
To start off, you’ll have to pick a room with a theme you like, although you might find it difficult with all these intriguing choices!
FBI: Zero Hour puts you in the shoes of anti-terrorist squad agents who’re investigating a case of homemade bombs being constructed from stolen chemicals. Your job is to discover the mastermind behind it all before any bombs go off.
You start the game in a classroom made to resemble those of old school days and we were told that, peculiarly, people who try FBI: Zero Hour have the tendency to sit on the chairs as if they were having a lesson. I guess old habits die hard, eh?
Labyrinth: Dead Men Walking is not about zombies, although its name sounds like it does. You do however, have to brush shoulders with the idea of mysterious dead people because for some reason, corpses from Changi Prison’s morgue have been going missing after inmates have had their turn on the death row.
Something goes wrong after you’re placed undercover as an inmate and you find yourself on the execution list too. That gives you a limited amount of time to figure out who the culprit is before you too fall to their misdeeds.
Labyrinth is one of the harder puzzles here and would be perfect for those who are very familiar with escape rooms.
Black Out (Amnesia) has quite a dramatic start, in that you wake up with no memory or purpose other than getting out and surviving a sudden chaos that has taken over the streets.
The seemingly pristine room looks innocent enough but you can’t trust its looks if you want to find your way out before it’s too late. Black Out is of moderate difficulty and will pose a decent challenge to both beginners and experienced players alike.
Elixir is set in a beautifully crafted room fashioned after an old-style bungalow in Singapore, one that belonged to Oscar Lee, in this case. Lee disappeared 50 years ago and so did his son, 25 years after he did.
In this game which is supposedly easier than Labyrinth but harder than Black Out, you play the role of an investigator hired by Lee’s grandson to solve the case – but you’ve got to do it before whatever caused them to vanish goes for you next.
In Kellar’s Magic Emporium, you take part in the most unusual job interview to earn a place as a stage assistant for Kellar, a magician who has devoted himself to learning all of Houdini’s tricks – most particularly, the illusion of self decapitation.
From our personal experience here, we can assure you that you’ll want to remain calm and keep your head on (pardon the pun) as you try to figure out the many clues left around.
We spent lots of time puzzling over small details, discovering random facts and being totally sidetracked by what we thought was important. To think that this is estimated to be the easiest room too!
The story behind this escape room is based on real magicians and you can expect to be bewitched by the intricate thought put into crafting the room once (or if) you manage to figure it out.
Bonus Sneak Peeks
To tempt you a little further, we’re going to show you bits and pieces of what you can hope to see when you visit Captivate Escape Rooms. The intricate details in the decor and props are really magnificent.
If you haven’t noticed, most of Captivate Escape Rooms’s scenarios take place in local settings, which makes things more relatable and realistic when you’re picking your brains to solve them.
I personally love the euphoria that comes after solving a tough mystery. You can get that feeling too by booking a slot with Captivate Escape Rooms to secure your unforgettable adventure.
Prices: from $22 per person onwards
Captivate Escape Rooms: Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Ave, #06-28, Singapore 239924 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 9.30pm (Sun to Thurs), 11.30am – 10pm (Fri & Sat) | Tel: +65 6837 0870 | Website | Facebook
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