With a lot of things happening in a person’s life, it isn’t surprising that one may want to “escape” everything, even just for a while…inside escape rooms.
Horrendous traffic, a handful of responsibilities, and piles of work to do is more than enough to make someone want to escape life general.
Everyone needs a breather with little bit of simulation to help relieve the stress and aid better, faster and wiser decision-making.
Of course, one must enjoy the process to the fullest. And what’s the best way to relieve stress, but at the same time, enhances your decision-making skills on critical situations? Escape rooms.
The concept of an escape room may have come from the desire of people to simulate investigations just like how the authorities conduct an operation. However, what makes it different is a normal person who is temporarily confined in a room is directly involved with the investigation. He or she has to play as a detective to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape the room within an hour or less.
Ideally, this situation presses a lot of pressure to solve the mystery quickly and escape since the activity is time-bound. If you didn’t solve the puzzles within the time limit, you’re bound to stay in the room (at least ideally.)
You get to be like Sherlock Holmes or Detective Conan? Challenge accepted!
With that, the escape room concept has become the newest trend. Since these simulation rooms are all over Metro Manila, we’ll let you know the best escape rooms you can go to.
Here are 6 escape rooms in Metro Manila to unleash your inner Sherlock:
Being the first live role-playing game in the Philippines, Mystery Manila challenges people’s imaginations through their elaborate mystery rooms. In an hour, participants will solve the mystery in their rooms and get out. More than that, they give a special prize to those who can solve the mystery and give a discounted rate for another chance.
What makes them stand out is their interconnected themes like Rebecca’s Room and Rebecca’s Revenge: Sinister Sensorium. They don’t have any official answer to the puzzles. They try to give each player a unique game experience since they are constantly changing the clues, suspects, and details every now and then.
2/F G.A. Yupangco Bldg. Jupiter St. and Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Reposo St. Brgy. Bel Air, Makati
Founded by the minds behind Outbreak Manila (the group behind the annual zombie run), Breakout Philippines is the first real escape game room in the country. Like in every escape room, the goal is to solve the puzzles designed according to various storylines and themed rooms. However, the time limit is only 45 minutes.
Their themed rooms are sometimes based on TV shows and movies (like The Walking Dead, Hush) so you can actually fangirl or fanboy all you want.
They also have membership cards you can avail for several benefits like discounts on rooms and merchandise. The fastest team to finish the rooms gets to be on their Hall of Fame.
G/F Paragon Plaza EDSA cor. Reliance St. Mandaluyong City
315 Katipunan Ave., Quezon, City
2/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Monday-Thursday (private bookings/corporate team building)
Friday-Sunday (open to general public) 10am-11:30 pm
Escape Hunt Manila
Present in 24 countries, Escape Hunt is the largest franchise of escape rooms to date. It all started in Bangkok, Thailand, where participants are playing as a famous London detective (aka Sherlock Holmes) to solve the mystery of the rooms. They opened their branch here in the country last February 2015.
If you like competitions, they have “six games are twinned to three pairs with identical mysteries to solve” where a team of three can compete with another team in the same mystery. Themes change every nine months to have variation.
5773 Ebro St. Poblacion, Makati City
A group of six must solve the puzzle under 50 minutes. This is Totem Philippines’ challenge to everyone who wanted to try their escape rooms. With their two intense rooms, you should muster all the brain power you have to escape.
Suite 302, 3/F McKinley Park Residences Condominium, Crescent Park West, 31st Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Left Behind PH
Left Behind PH is not for the weak hearts. They pride themselves as an “immersive and intense escape room” where players must navigate and look for clues and solve puzzles before the time limit.
The place have two themes: The Institution, which is the hardest and The Sinking which is relatively easier. It is limited to only 12 years old and above, and for people who doesn’t have heart conditions. The quickest room solvers will be posted on their Hall of Fame.
2/F Mandala Park, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
If you’re living in the South who loves escape rooms, Conceptrum got you. Customers flock Conceptrum because of its mission-based challenges. They have real life game rooms that simulate hard situations (like the player’s hands being tied).
Conceptrum has student and birthday promos, you should definitely check them out if you want to avail their discounts.
G/F Entertainment Complex, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
These escape rooms help people relieve stress, analyze things under pressure, and have fun! It helps us strategize and improve our decision-making skills. Also, this proves that sometimes, “escaping” is not a bad idea once in a while.
What was your first escape room experience? Share it with us in the comments below!