Last weekend, one of my old school friends breezed into town and we were planning the usual meet up with the Usual Afternoon Tea and the Usual Chit-chat, when she suggested that we shake things up a bit and try a session at Roomraider!
Roomraider is one of the few escape games that have been popping up in Singapore in the last year or so, and is essentially a live-action puzzle game combining riddles and simple physical tasks, with the aim being to escape from a locked room (think Crystal Maze!). Teams of up to 8 people get 45 minutes to make a successful exit from the room (with the option of calling in hints from the Roomraider Game Masters if you get stuck!).
At the moment, there are four themed rooms, each with a different story and objective. Each room has been put together with painstaking detail by the Roomraider graphic designers, sound engineers and puzzle masters, in order to create a truly immersive experience. I talked to the Roomraider Dudes (who happened to be old schoolmates of mine! Small world!), and they intend to expand their collection to seven game rooms, and then rotate the games to keep it fun and exciting.
I really liked the idea of being able to step into a different dimension for an hour and have a little adventure with my friends (and live out all my Lara Croft fantasies), so I was really excited about it. I mean, we could be part of a SWAT team or professional cat burglars! I made babysitting arrangements for J and Little E, then off I went to Orchard Central for funtimes and adventure.
When I got to Roomraiders, I found out that Hyperion (the game where you get to explore a space station) was already booked out by a family with two pre-teens in tow. We had the option of sharing the room with them, which would have been really fun in different circumstances, but since our primary objective was to have a fun girly afternoon out, we decided to be antisocial and try a different room.
The room that we went with in the end was ‘Where’s Cuddles?’. Where you get to enter the magical, magical world of teddy bears and find your favourite teddy who has gone missing.
Teddy bears? Really?
My initial reaction was to look at the Roomraider Dudes suspiciously (because I am a very suspicious person) and ask them pointedly, “Are you offering us this room because we are girls???” The Dudes just laughed in my face and told me not to underestimate the awesomeness that is Teddy Bear Land.
And yes, they were absolutely right.
It was awesome.
Working together and solving the puzzles as a team was so much fun, that at the end of the game we all wanted so much to head straight for another go in a different room. In fact, we were this close to ditching our poor pregnant friend who was waiting patiently in a cafe downstairs for our Usual Afternoon Tea and Usual Chit-chat! (Sorry for keeping you waiting, S!)
I really think that Roomraider is brilliant fun for groups, families with school-aged kids or teens and even for couples looking for something different to do on a date! I can imagine that the rooms are brilliant for parties or corporate team-building events.
I am now trying to convince my husband to take me to the moon or maybe steal a precious jewel with me for our anniversary this year. At SGD$22 a person (SGD$28 on weekends), I think that it’s worth every cent.
Address: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #05-45, S(238896)
Opening Hours: Daily from 12:30pm – 10:30pm