Where: 2B The Corso, Manly
How Much?: $40 p.p
How Many?: Billed as suitable for 2-5 people (I’d suggest 2-3 for experienced, 3-5 newbies)
Difficulty: House rates it Beginner / Intermediate. As with Entombed, I’d rate it intermediate, but see my comments regarding the hint system that makes it first-timer friendly.
First-Timer Friendly?: Yes
Kid Friendly?: Yes. Several puzzles the kids could assist with. One element that may scare young children (or they might find it funny!)
How we did: Completed May 2018. Team of 4, including 2 children. Escaped with a few minutes remaining.
Trapped in the outhouse of famous, if somewhat deranged Aussie celebrity Huge Axeman, can you free yourself before the Axeman returns. In an Escape Room like no other, you’ll need to think and act quickly as a team to solve puzzles and challenges as the clock ticks down. Even if you can escape the Dunny, you’ll still need to survive the Australian wild, and contend with an array of deadly Australian fauna.
This was my eighth room in Sydney.
If you’ve read my review of Entombed, you’d know how much I enjoyed the first Room Eight escape room I attempted a few months back, so I was really looking forward to trying Indisposed and having a chance to compare the two rooms. This time, I brought Mechanic and the two flowerchildren, who were all ready to help mum and dad crack another escape room!
Due to some gusty weather, we forwent the ferry ride this time and instead drove into Manly and were lucky enough to find parking nearby. A cup of strong coffee for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids, and we were all ready to go!
As I mentioned in my previous review, Room Eight is conveniently situated on The Corso across the road from the ferry terminal. Once again we were greeted warmly and given a safety chat before watching another cool opening video, this one about Huge Axeman and his outback dunny. The same playful humour we’d encountered in Entombed was apparent from the outset – the owners of Room Eight really appreciate a good joke, and so do we! It definitely lightened the mood of the room – and took away from a ‘wolf creek’ feel. (I was initially worried from the pictures that this room would be too scary for the children, but after communicating with the owners I was assured it was far more ‘humour’ than ‘horror’ and that’s exactly what it was!)
We put on our blindfolds and were lead into the first room which was, of course, (and I don’t think I’m giving away spoilers here) the toilet! We got off to a bit of a shaky start with a pretty hard puzzle first up, but I have to mention the theming of the first room which was just spectacular – so well done!
As I mentioned in my previous review, Room Eight uses a hint/point system, with an Ipad offering a series of clues for each puzzle in a linear sequence. The first clue is cryptic, with easier clues available if you get stuck! I really liked this system in Entombed, and Mechanic loved it in Indisposed. It made some very difficult puzzles just that little bit easier!
Once again, the rooms were fairly low-tech with lots of padlocks, but they contained a good mix of physical and spatial puzzles which everyone really enjoyed, especially the kids. There were some really innovative puzzles, and several I haven’t seen before – you will need to use several of your senses to escape this room, and definitely bring your lateral thinking skills and teamwork!
There were so many elements of this room to love, but above all, I really appreciated that this room didn’t take itself too seriously – that playful element permeated the entirety of gameplay – and there were plenty of moments of laughter along the way! The theming remained consistent throughout, and the puzzles were well integrated into the storyline, giving this room a really enjoyable sense of immersion.
If I was going to compare Entombed to this room, I’d probably say Indisposed is just that little bit better – I think it’s the tongue-in-cheek gameplay of this room which made it just that bit more fun
Location / Outside the Room
Room Eight is located almost on the corner of the Corso, across the road from the ferry terminal. They’ve got plenty of signage outside and are easy to find. Being Manly, cafes, restaurants and drinking holes abound in every direction for your post escape room debrief. While you can park in and around Manly, I’d suggest if you’re coming from the city and the weather is good, make a day of it and head across on the ferry.
This was a really fun room, and definitely humour not horror, with a wide variety of interesting and challenging puzzles. We had plenty of laughs as we solved this room, and the children really enjoyed the physical aspects of several of the puzzles. Highly Recommended, especially if you’re looking for a room you can bring the kids to.