Wood­bury Es­cape Rooms

Try not to scream...

Time Out (Melbourne) - - THINGS TO DO -

‘ LEAPER’ IS THE fourth of Wood­bury’s rooms, and the high­est on their ‘Dif­fi­culty’ and ‘Fear’ scales. Buoyed by re­cent es­cape suc­cesses, our team de­cides to take it on. The con­cept is bril­liant: we’re de­tec­tives in the fu­ture who can ‘leap’ into the minds of crim­i­nals us­ing ex­per­i­men­tal crime-fight­ing tech­nol­ogy. The only prob­lem is, if we don’t get in and out in 60 min­utes, we could stay trapped in his mind for­ever. The four of us are blind­folded and led, sweaty palm to palm, into the room. The timer be­gins, the blind­folds come off, and we re­alise that we’ve been sep­a­rated into teams of two in sep­a­rate room. Quickly, it dawns on us that to be re­united, we’re go­ing to have to solve puz­zles by yelling ver­bal in­struc­tions to each other. Once we find our way out and into the next room, we re­alise that things are only go­ing to get scarier. It’s one thing to fill a space with creepy props and fake blood; it’s an­other to cre­ate gen­uine, heart-stop­ping ten­sion. Leaper packs plenty of hor­ror movie freak-out mo­ments (al­ways when you least ex­pect them), and clev­erly saves some of the big­gest re­veals un­til last. As far as es­cape rooms go, ‘Leaper’ is the big­gest adren­a­line rush we’ve had yet. Try it, if you dare.

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