Unexpected Exit - Escape Rooms

17 August 2016 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW, Australia

Hidden along Hunter Street and noticeable only by a fold out sign placed out front is the entrance 
to Unexpected Exits. Newcastle's only escape room. 

After Josh had returned from his trip to Melbourne having completed two escape rooms whilst away, I knew I had to also give one a try. Especially as our local one was only 5 minutes away. I grew up playing mystery puzzle games online so I was pretty keen to try my skills in real life. 

Unexpected Exit has three escape rooms, each with a different theme and difficulty level. I pretty much refuse to do anything horror related,  and Josh is the same. None of the rooms here were described as horror but the "The Terror Cell" is meant to be the freakiest as you start in the dark. 

The four of us decided to do the "Blast Radius" room. The setting is that Zamorians have held you and your friends captive for 27 days, a special operations group is now storming the building. You have managed to escape the room where you were being held and have gone in search of the rest of your friends. The last terrorist has activated something that started a timer and sealed the doors before taking his own life.

The "Blast Radius" room is actually two rooms, with one room starting completely in the dark with all it's occupants handcuffed to the wall. The other room is more of an office space with a large suitcase in the corner, handcuffed closed. There are red flashing lights visible through the crack in the case revealing that it's the bomb!

You have 50 minutes to rummage through everything in the room, finding keys, solving puzzles,  and opening boxes to help you complete your main objective, getting out of the room. You can only talk to your handcuffed friends through a comms system but neither one of you knows what's in the other room. You also both don't know what you need to tell the other to help them out. 

No spoilers here on anything else about the room, just a few tips that are relevant to all Escape Room scenarios.
  • Leave No Stone Unturned: Observe, pick up, and examine everything in the room. Not everything is a clue, but a lot are. 
  • Look for hidden compartments, keys stuck to objects, engravings etc
  • Communication is key! Don't leave your other team mates in the dark. Literally. Especially if you're separated. Make sure to tell them everything that you find and can see. It's a game that thrives on teamwork. 
For more information about the Newcastle Escape Rooms, "Unexpected Exit" you can visit their website to read about the rooms or to make a booking!

It was definitely something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, and I would love to return for a go at another room! 
Cya! xx


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  1. I've never tried an escape room but they do seem very very cool <3

    The Quirky Queer

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun, but I am claustrophobic in certain situations so I'm not sure if I should intentionally ask someone to lock me into a room I can't escape! Eventually it is something I would love to try though, as long as it isn't horror related.

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  3. this sounds very fun! I wonder if we have something like it in London :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  4. There are a few escape rooms places in Brunei, but I've never went there yet. It looks super fun though! Haha <3

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  5. I still haven't been to any here in Sydney! I feel like it would either be a blast, or destroy friendships haha.

    Jane / deluminators

  6. Sounds really interesting! I think I wouldn't have the brains for something like this, to be truthful :')

    Meg | Elmpetra

  7. I'd love to do something like this in the UK - solving puzzle games is so satisfying! I'm going to keep a note of your tips for if I find something similar. Communication is key will stick with me the most though; I have a feeling that it would be too easy for me to get lost in trying to suss something out for myself, when someone else may have the answer!

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