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“Surveillance - Division 5 - fantastic!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Escape Room Melbourne (ERM)

Escape Room Melbourne (ERM)
Ranked #2 of 69 Fun & Games in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Escape Room Melbourne is Melbourne's original live room escape game! Working in a team of 2-6 people, you have 70 minutes to unravel the mystery of a hidden room, working together to solve a variety of quirky and inventive puzzles to escape. We have three rooms available - Melbourne's original Escape Room, Mine Escape , and Kellar's Magic Emporium. We can't give away too many secrets here, but to get an idea of what to expect you can check out our website for reviews and articles by Broadsheet, Timeout, The Age, and others, as well as features by SBS, Channel 10, ABC radio, and Fox FM (warning: may contain some spoilers!) Bookings are essential and can be made through our website. Please note we are a small independent business that is not affiliated with any of the Escape Room franchises operating in Melbourne, however we are happy to try and accommodate corporate bookings and larger groups where we can. Please feel free to contact us via email if you have any questions about availability, bookings, or the rooms themselves.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Surveillance - Division 5 - fantastic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

We had the opportunity to do a trial run of Surveillance: Division 5 (a.k.a., Escape the van) today, and it was a mindblowing experience!!

We've done all the other escape rooms ERM has (Mine Escape, Burlesque, etc.), and we loved those (even 25+ escape rooms later!), so even though this was a trial run, we came with high expectations.

We obviously won't spoil the surprises (of which there were many), but suffice to say that it was probably one of the most innovative experiences we could have imagined. It's not exactly fair to call it an "escape room", as it covers a lot more ground than just a room (or a van, in this case). You can practically feel the love, care, and thought that go into every step of the adventure. Do be prepared, though - there is a fair bit of outdoor exploration, so wear comfy clothes and shoes.

Owen was the most thoughtful host every single step of the way. Even though it was just a trial run, he took steps to ensure we still had a great experience and flow, for example by letting us go ahead and try the puzzles - and interjecting at the right times.
He also explained what would happen once the experience was fully ready. We can definitely see this being an incredible experience -

Visited November 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A magical experience in the magical emporium”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

We came here for a work outing and enjoyed escape room Melbourne quite a lot.

Something we have always noticed with the rooms that they create is that there is a fantastic storyline. This was once again this was the case with Kellars Magic Emporium.

We really enjoyed some of the personalised touches within the room too.

The one thing that stuck out among the rest as the best part of the experience was our 'Room Runner' Katherine she was an absolute boss!

Many thanks again!

Team Rush

Visited December 2015
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“First escape experience, hard to beat ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

First escape room. Did the mine in south Melbourne. Success! Just. Haha. Very much touch and go for a while. Clues range from tricky to creative and we got lucky sometimes. Really well set out and Roger was an amazing host. Very prompt with his answers but never gave too much away.

Positives:
Clean puzzles, very engaging and you get so excited when you figure out each one. Time to really invest, get stuck and then find your way again.

Drawbacks:
Not really a drawback, but sometimes puzzles had a few too many clues or the answer given a bit too easily.

Overall:
So much fun. Great host, well organised, beat value for money of what's around and mega fun. Would love to do all other escape experiences with these guys, except they are always booked out and I'm not that organised to book weeks in advance. Haha. But definitely will get there again.

Difficulty 3.5/5
Creativity 4/5
Organisation 5/5
Time 5/5
Price 5/5

Total experience
90/100

Visited September 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Best escape room yet yet!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

My friends and I scope out escape room games at home and abroad, having done 2 in Auckland, 1 in Sydney, and 1 in Malaysia between us. ERM was great fun, with well executed puzzles, detailed ambient setup, and some surprises! It was hard to secure booking at short notice, so we were disappointed not to have been able to try out more rooms during our two-week stay. We would definitely recommend and return when next in Melbourne!

Visited November 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Second review - Surveillance, Magic & Mine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

This is my second review, since last review, I have done all the "rooms" by ERM, and let me tell you, it never disappoint.

The Magic and Mine rooms both located at South Melbourne, they are well designed and the room decor and atmosphere is just phenomenal! Me and my friends had heaps of fun and a lot of "Ah-hah" moments when we were solving the puzzles.

Sureveillane, on the other hand, is completely different from all the other escape rooms, you don't actually start in a room but on the street! It is not escaping from a room but more like partly orienteering and partly puzzle solving. Such a different experience. Me and all of my friends really loved it. That said, we did it on a beautiful sunny day, weather may have a big influence on your experience as you need to do some walking around the area, bring water and necessary clothing to have a greater experience. Also, they allow more time for this activity to accompany people with different physical fitness.

Thanks Katherine (Catherine? sorry I am not sure how to spell your name...) for being our host/game master for Magic & Surveillance, she is so nice and helpful. Adding so much to our experience.

After doing so many rooms in Melbourne, I still stand on my first review that this is one of the best, if not the best, escape room in Melbourne. Don't miss out this wonderful experience with a few of your mates!

My preference for the rooms: Escape Room (Fleminton) -> Surveillance -> Magic -> Mine.
(The puzzles is mine is more changeling, my friends found the puzzles in Magic "too easy", however, I like the atmosphere and approach of the puzzles in Magic. My personal choose only :P)

Visited December 2015
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