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You GUYS!

Canberra just got its first puzzle room and it’s the best damn thing ever.

A puzzle room is a challenge: the organisers lock you in a room for a set amount of time and you have to solve a series of puzzles to let yourself out. The rules vary from room to room, but generally if you don’t get out within the set period of time, you lose; if you do get out, you win. There’s usually a story behind them that gives extra importance to getting out of the room, so I feel particularly guilty that we went eight minutes over (sorry Casey). The builders of Riddle Room, Canberra’s first puzzle room, have built something spectacular. An immersive, challenging, exciting, adrenaline-spiking series of puzzles all in a tiny, tense, dark little room.

The premise is this: you have volunteered to enter a little girl’s subconscious to find the cause of her endless nightmares. If you get out, her nightmares end and her sanity returns. If you don’t, you’re trapped in her feverish mind forever. Embrace the premise and have a blast.

I was a bit jumpy to begin with, because I just didn’t know what to expect — but once we cracked the first puzzle, thus releasing me from the little room in which I was locked, isolating me from my two companions, the three of us knew that all our years playing Monkey Island had finally come to bear. Each puzzle — and there were some doozies, using problem-solving skills I’d never used in real life before — helps you along the way and you can unlock the next set of clues, one by one whittling your way towards the secret of the little girl’s nightmares. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. We giggled and fumbled and squealed our way through, as well as jumping at every sound, creak and idea and occasionally shining our torches in each other’s eyes. It’s completely dark and the atmosphere is creepy as all hell (if you were one of those kids who couldn’t get enough of books with “real life photos of ghosts” and then couldn’t sleep for days, you’ll find this ominous place delicious), but if you love logic puzzles like codes, hidden messages, and association clues, you’ll have an absolute ball. The scariest moment for me was when I took a step backward and bumped into M, standing on his foot and terrifying myself. Yep. (There’s no way I should be running around in anybody’s subconscious, let’s be honest.)

One of the owners told us afterwards that they’re planning on opening more later this year and I’m SO EXCITED already.

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Riddle Room
DO IT. DO IT NOW!

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