Looking for intellectual things to do in Singapore? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of mind-boggling escape room centres in the city
If you’re looking for something new to do other than the usual late night supper hangs or movie in the theatres with friends, you could always consider the option of being trapped in a small room with them. We’re talking about escape rooms. Interesting plots, a plethora of puzzles, mysterious clues and a nerve-wracking time limit, if you’re an Escape Room rookie, it’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Intrigued? Check these out…
The Escape Artist
Conveniently located at Harbourfront, The Escape Artist offers four different scenarios, with more on the way to provide a whole new experience. Each of these scenarios is tailored to offer an experience best suited to your preferences, whether you’d prefer to rack your brains on challenging puzzles or stretch your brawn with a bit of crawling or climbing. Within the spooky surroundings of a dim room or the bright surroundings of a grand adventure, you’ll find yourself drawn into this immersive setting bit by bit.
The Escape Artist, 52 Telok Blangah Road, Telok Blangah House, #01-01, Singapore 098829
Escape rooms have been around in Singapore for a while, so it’s important to switch things up and raise the bar in 2018. The worlds created in Living Legends are so highly original and exquisitely developed that even the rooms are put-together with true-to-period and custom built set pieces. Each world is a story beautifully told and like a novel, is designed to completely engulf your imagination and usher you into a new era of escape rooms with tech-augmented live experiences.
Living Legends, 1 Sophia Road Peace Centre #02-07, Singapore 228149
Imagine being stuck in a crypt, or kidnapped to a mysterious facility where you and your friends will have to face something called the Human Trials. Make use of clues, props and gadgets stashed in all the escape rooms, and find secret doors and compartments leading one step closer to freedom. They’ve also recently stepped up to take puzzle-solving quests to the streets of Singapore.
Room Raider, 1 Selegie Road, #B1-06, POMO, Singapore 188306
Situated at the youth hub *SCAPE, Trapped is one of Singapore’s family friendly escape rooms. With hardly any strenuous physical stunts to do or dangerous props around, Trapped welcomes everyone – be it the little ones (as young as seven years old) and even seniors who are young at heart. If pop culture’s your thing, some of the rooms here are designed according to blockbuster Hollywood films. Psst… it closes as late as 2am on Friday and the weekend, perfect for some fun after grabbing a hearty supper with friends!
Trapped, #02-20, *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
Break free from Lockdown by searching for clues from your surroundings and solving witty riddles. Creating thought-provoking entertainment for all, this international brand provides a selection of shrewd challenges that are cleverly weaved within interesting concepts – The Forgotten Temple, and Circus of the Dead, just to name a few. Calling all CSI fans: here’s your golden opportunity to unleash your inner investigative alter-ego and try out its CSI: A Good Night to Die room. But if you’re more of a Nancy Drew kind of girl, Top Secret might be your thing.
Lockdown, Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-33, Singapore 059817
Singapore’s biggest escape room – 8000 sq ft with 52 game chambers, Xcape Singapore is the most popular spot to put your intelligence to the test. Horror-genre buffs will love the Xcape Haunted series, offering the eeriest haunted house escape game experience ever. But if spooky’s not your cup of tea, you can always opt for its current 10 themes such as Kungfu Panda X – The Return of Tai Lung, Shanghai 1943 and Resident Evil. The also offer outdoor puzzle solving quests if being stuck in a small room is too much for you.
Xcape Singapore, 152B (level 3), 160A (level 2) & 158B (level 3), Bugis Village, Rochor Road, Singapore 188435
A huge hit in Hong Kong, this escape room eventually made its way to our sunny island, providing various enigmatic themed escape rooms like Japan’s infamous suicide forest, a prison island or a haunted mausoleum where you need to try your best to outwit the Terracotta Army. LOST SG is a high-tech, top-rated 60-minute escape room game in Singapore where players put their heads together to make sense of thought-provoking clues, and seemingly abstract puzzles to escape from a locked room. But keep your head in the game; don’t get too distracted by its impeccable attention to detail, from brilliant high-tech settings to its selection of music that creates fitting ambiances.
LOST SG, #03-01/02/03, Peace Centre, 1 Sophia Road, Singapore 228149
Priding itself as Asia’s highest-rated escape room, Captivate in Singapore is an international outpost of its Melbourne flagship edition. If you have a penchant for great tales, you’re in for a treat as Captivate is recognised for its mind-boggling original story plots, interjected seamlessly with quirky and innovative puzzles. Choose from scenarios where you’re a magician’s assistant, an investigator or a Changi Prison inmate.
Captivate, #06-28, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239924
You don’t have to wonder what it’s like to be a slick, crime-solving, Sherlock Holmes-type hero any more thanks to Escape Hunt, which is also an international brand. Trapping you in different rooms according to various themes and difficulty, the only way out is to solve its assortment of mysteries. The rooms are admittedly dark, with antiques and oddities everywhere to add to the creepiness, but nothing too dark and twisted that would trigger your worst nightmare.
Escape Hunt, #02-43/44/45/46 Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall, 100 Orchard Road, Singapore 238840
Challenging brains rather than brawn, Freeing SG takes inspiration from video games and web-based browser games to provide players first-hand puzzles to solve in order to escape its rooms. You will be pitted against a countdown timer as you work your way out. Each room is designed differently with varied themes, plots and levels, making you feel like you’re part of a film set. Brain all fried? There will be clues in the rooms to help you solve the mysteries and escape in time (or face the consequences).
Freeing SG, two locations including The Cathay and Plaza Singapura
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