Xcape Singapore

December 14, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Xcape Singapore
158B Rochor Road

160A Rochor Road


11am - 11:30pm Sun - Thu, 11am - 1am Fri - Sat

http://www.xcape.sg/


Pioneer Of Real-Life Escape Room Games In Singapore

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Estimated Visiting Duration: 60 Minutes Per Game + 10 Minutes Miscellaneous
Service: 7
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $28 per person.


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Opening their doors to Singaporeans in June 2013, Xcape Singapore holds the distinction of being the pioneer; the first ever provider of real-life escape room games in Singapore. While the early days were simple lock-and-key puzzles paired with physical and intellectual challenges, Xcape Singapore has kept up with the times, regularly changing their technology and themed rooms. Today, their rooms feature moderately advanced / high technology, coupled with engaging puzzles. Repeat visits are worthwhile, as they change their themed rooms every year.

Xcape Singapore allows a total of 60 minutes of playing time within the rooms, with a further 10 minutes of miscellaneous time for briefings, phototaking, storing personal items, or waiting. Briefings are carried out by staff face to face, and they provide the background and story of the room you've selected. Some hints are given at the beginning of the game, though most of the information shared is safety related. Recommended team size for each room is between 4 - 8 people. There is a chronological sequence to the games that reveals a unifying storyline, revolving around the mysterious Dr. Hachi.

Rates at Xcape Singapore is SGD $28 per person during peak periods, and SGD $22 during off-peak periods, marginally more expensive than elsewhere. Xcape Singapore provides lockers for storing of personal items, but toilets are small, and inconveniently located. The game rooms are semi-immersive, as the story and settings sometimes don't mesh well. But you can still look forward to decent physical and intellectual challenges, clever room design and layouts, use of mood lighting, and a good mix of low and high technology such as lasers, unusual locks, trapdoors, audio tracks, mirrors, ultra-violet ink, or magnets!

Staff at Xcape Singapore are friendly and helpful, but asking for more than 2 hints is discouraged. This leads to teams being mostly self-reliant, though the ample time allows for a slightly relaxed game pace as compared to elsewhere. They have a reputation of starting the time even if you're late, reducing your overall play time. Best to arrive 15 minutes early. Xcape Singapore has a reputation for its horror themed rooms, but once you've played, you realise the scare factor is all in your head, a result of overactive imagination. Overall, I find Xcape Singapore to be pretty good in service and game quality, little wonder they've grown more popular over the last 3 years!


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Xcape Singapore Logo



This is where it all began. The Walking Dead Terminus Escape was their claim to fame, an outdoor real-life escape room game, based on horror / thriller / drama television series The Walking Dead. Teams were actually pursued by zombies in this event!

Xcape Singapore - The Walking Dead Terminus Escape Poster


Xcape Singapore - The Walking Dead Terminus Escape Game



Inspired by the movie of the same name, Catch Me If You Can is a high technology jail / prison break themed room. Possibly the easiest game in Season 1, it's most well known for its laser grid and mirror room. It requires teamwork, physical movement, strength, agility, speed, courage, lateral thinking, logical deduction, analytical reasoning, observational skills, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes.

Xcape Singapore - Catch Me If You Can Poster


Xcape Singapore - Catch Me If You Can Game



The Chamber Of Secrets is a homicide / murder mystery set within an old mansion. Said to be the most difficult game in Season 1, less than 10% of players have ever successfully completed this room designed to be the most classic, perfect, real-life escape room game. It requires teamwork, physical movement, strength, speed, lateral thinking, logical deduction, analytical reasoning, observational skills, attentive listening, patience, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes.

Xcape Singapore - Chamber Of Secrets Poster


Xcape Singapore - Chamber Of Secrets Game



The Whisper Of The Dead takes place over 2 settings, a classical mansion filled with art, and a creepy graveyard. Fun, immersive, and engaging, completing this Season 1 room cuts really close to the allocated time. It requires teamwork, physical movement, strength, courage, logical deduction, analytical reasoning, observational skills, attentive listening, patience, arithmetic skills, memorizing ability, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes.

Xcape Singapore - Whisper Of The Dead Poster


Xcape Singapore - Whisper Of The Dead Game



Inspired by the movie of the same name, Inception places gamers into an urban city / office building setting. Among the more brain draining of the Season 1 rooms, players start out in separate rooms, representing the various levels of the subconcious mind. It requires teamwork, physical movement, courage, lateral thinking, logical deduction, analytical reasoning, attentive listening, patience, arithmetic skills, accurate communication, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes.

Xcape Singapore - Inception Poster



The Tomb Raider is styled as an Asian burial ground, filled with treasures scattered amongst the bones of the dead. This Season 2 room is reputed for its many unlockable chambers and overt scary setting. It requires teamwork, physical movement, strength, agility, speed, courage, lateral thinking, logical deduction, analytical reasoning, observational skills, patience, memorizing ability, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes. Do note that crawling is required (not suitable for claustrophobics), and the symbol locks require effort and technique to open even with the correct combination.

Xcape Singapore - Tomb Raider Poster



Despite being inspired by the classic video game of the same name, the Resident Evil room, an evil science / laboratory themed room, isn't particularly scary. This high technology, season 2 room is only slightly creepy, and the puzzles rely more on physical ability and technique than intellectual ability. It requires teamwork, physical movement, strength, agility, speed, courage, logical deduction, analytical reasoning, observational skills, shooting accuracy, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes.

Xcape Singapore - Resident Evil Poster



Inspired by the television series of the same name, the Vampire Diary is a supernatural creature themed room with roleplaying elements. This season 2 room takes place largely in a single room with several sections, and is notable for being tedious and frustrating at the beginning, with a shocking, dramatic twist at the end. It requires teamwork, strength, speed, courage, strategic planning, crisis management skills, lateral thinking, analytical reasoning, patience, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes.

Xcape Singapore - Vampire Diary Poster



The Upside Down is a fantasy / magical themed room. This season 2 room is possibly the easiest, most relaxing game ever, and takes place largely in a single room. More fun than challenging. It requires teamwork, lateral thinking, logical deduction, observational skills, patience, arithmetic skills, and persistence, to solve the puzzles within 60 minutes.

Xcape Singapore - Upside Down Poster






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