- Played October 2016
- 15 minutes
- 1-4 players
- What People Say
The Blitz Room is unlike most other escape rooms. Instead of trying to find your way out of a locked room, your main focus is subduing your adversary while solving as many puzzles as you can. The plan for Blitz Room is to change themes every few months, and Game of Thrones was the theme during my visit (YAY!).
Next Level Escape is located in the heart of Sydney, only a short walk from the iconic Sydney Opera House. Located on the second floor of an office building, access is restricted after hours, but the staff are on-call and waiting for your arrival, as long as you book your time slot! Once the team arrived we called in, and minutes later were greeted at the door by a man in a black cloak relieved at our arrival. Fully in character, the man (one of the company founders) explains the scenario that we are headed into, and ensures that we are prepared (belongings locked away and Ledger of the Hand in hand) before entering Blitz Room. Another point to note was that our host also sent us a follow-up email, which is a much appreciated customer service tool that is rarely encountered.
Blitz Room is quite small but has adequate space for the suggested maximum of 4 people, especially since you don’t need to move too quickly in this room. The room is decorated beautifully, and fully in line with the chosen theme. The passion and love of the owners for their creations definitely shines through their props and set, almost all of which is handmade. The 2-symbol system that is used to differentiate items that are not in play from items that are in play from items that are in play but are not to be removed from the walls is effective, but it takes a little while to remember what colour means what.
What Blitz Room has going for it when it comes to Immersion, aside from the in-character host and the thematic set design, is the time limit. With only 15 minutes to solve as many puzzles as you can to earn the top score, you really feel the time crunch. This fact, added to the theme working its way into each puzzle, you are never pulled out of the world that Blitz Room sets forth. There was constant discussion within my team about each puzzle that we were working on, and a cheer rose up when we defeated our adversary. Not much more could have added to that experience.
Blitz Room is a puzzle room, so it’s main focus should be puzzles, right? RIGHT! As much as the Room Quality and Immersion factors were enjoyable, the puzzles were the highlight of this room. I have not seen a room with more diversity in its puzzles (yet). Each puzzle was different, drawing on observation, logic and pattern recognition, and the best part of all was there was not a single lockbox to be found! The only issue that may arise would be if no one on the team had any knowledge of the room’s theme. A few puzzles could be completed, but they wouldn’t be able to go for gold.
Oh yeah, this room is FUN! From the moment that we were able to get into the building to the moment that the 15 minute time limit expired, my team was communicating, cooperating and laughing. Our host was excited, passionate and hospitable, and made our visit special. We were also given the opportunity to complete the puzzles that we didn’t quite get to within the 15 minutes, which was VERY much appreciated.
Quite simply, I recommend this room to anyone and everyone!