Location: South Yarra, Melbourne
Date played: 10 May 2015
Players: 2 (Rush Escape Game allow 2-6)
Hints: Unlimited via walkie-talkie
Crackingly clever code-breaker challenge.
Mysteries of an Italian master…
Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to play a character from one of Dan Brown’s novels? Well, then you should grab a couple of buddies and head down to play Da Vinci Down Under at Rush Escape Game.
Rush Escape Game have put together an excellent room to get your crypto-senses tingling. As a movie-esque soundtrack hums along in the background, you madly begin to search for clues and hints to get you going.
If asked to think of an old-world thinker and innovator, Leonardo Da Vinci would no doubt spring to mind. An escape room based on that mystery, playfulness and creativity is a safe bet to bring in crowds, and Rush certainly deliver. The scenario is spacious, the puzzles diverse and the atmosphere spot on. Da Vinci Down Under is, at times, a full-body experience and a lot of fun.
Da Vinci Down Under was the second room we’ve played at Rush Escape Game, and have since played their third and final room. With the benefit of hindsight, we think Da Vinci Down Under takes the cake, with Mission: Possible a close second. That’s not to say we don’t rate Lost in Paradise – it sat in our top 5 of rooms reviewed for ages – it’s just that these two are a step up. Layout-wise, they’re both different to Lost in Paradise, but feature a funky door-in-door innovation where they way you enter is the way you exit, but the way out is through a locked door set into an unlocked main door.
If you are yet to book in a Rush Escape Game, don’t wait any longer. Head on over – you won’t regret it.
Da Vinci Down Under has a great variety of puzzles that don’t always use locks and keys. They were all low-tech, but given the overall theme, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. Like all puzzles, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when trying to nut out how you’re meant to solve it, but thankfully there’s a helpful person on the end of the walkie-talkie to get you into gear.
We’re not always a fan of off-the-shelf puzzles, but two used in their room were either super apt for the theme (think of Dan Brown’s books) or a really fun and clever tool for decoding data. Everything is quite linear, so we’re not sure how things would go if you had a large group of players.
As Rush mentioned on their website, you’re in a studio searching for the map a would-be thief was willing to kill for but couldn’t find. And in the room, it feels very much like the study/studio of a very wise person. The room is decorated really well, the ambiance fits the theme superbly and the soundtrack adds to the drama. Given you’re supposed to be having a snoop around behind the police’s backs, some sirens and other associated sound effects piping in occasionally wouldn’t go astray in helping to set the scene, rather than dictate a mood.
The game masters at Rush were as enthusiastic and friendly as we’d experienced when playing Lost in Paradise. We knew the secret to getting in (but it was still fun the second time around) and waiver-signing process as painless as possible. Hints were promptly supplied when needed, and we were even welcomed out of the room when we finished! (That might sound like an odd thing to say, but unfortunately we’ve surprised too many game masters when we’ve completed rooms before).
Want more from Rush Escape Game? Check out our review of Lost in Paradise.
About Rush Escape Game
Rush Escape Game opened their doors in December 2014 and have three rooms on offer – Lost in Paradise, Da Vinci Down Under and Mission: Possible. Keep an eye out on their bookings page for promo codes for discounted games.
Suite 4, 230 Toorak Road, South Yarra VIC 3141