I had an awesome weekend last week as me and my partner tried Escape Quest: A unique live escape game experience.
So here’s the drill: you are trapped in a room with no idea of what to do. Basically you have to find clues, , solve puzzles(I think it has at least 20 puzzles or maybe more?) and put lots of information together to work your way out in under an hour. Forget Google and forget Wikipedia as it will not help you. This is a real life brain teaser, a test of brainpower and a test of willpower.
Escape Quest reminded me of those escape games online I used to play before (college computer laboratory days haha… those simple flash based point and click games where you need to click around to find clues e.g Doritos’ HOTEL626 and SINTHAI’s The House ). But in real life it was my first escape game experience so I really don’t know what to expect.
Just a tip: don’t take clues unless you really need them, challenge yourself. I’m highly recommending this activity for team building exercises or it could be a great idea for a first date as it allows you and your partner to enjoy each other’s company while working together. In our case, I was quite amazed how escape quest showed me and my partner’s teamwork skills and it made me appreciate him more. I was amazed how we trusted each other and we didn’t argue at all. I also love the adrenaline rush while we’re solving the clues under time pressure. We were running around the room finding and solving clues like crazy little kids. We felt so accomplished after solving the game with still 10 minutes time left remaining. It left us with a feeling of achievement and we can’t stop talking how awesome our experience was even days after.
P.S. I would love to get my hands on the Mensa Puzzle Box and that DaVinci Cryptex once again!
Thank you very much Steve and team! We heard there’s a new Mad Scientist themed room comin’ up and we can’t wait to try it.
Escape Quest is open seven days a week from 10am to 11pm, and prices range from Dh90 to Dh120 a person, depending on the size of the group. They are located at Office 2004 (20th Floor) HDS Business Centre, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. You can book online here.