Break the Code: Ghost Bomber

It was my birthday and hubby had planned a surprise birthday weekend in Sydney involving a range of secret activities in October 2015. We showed up to a specified location with two other friends, where I was delighted to find out that we were about to tackle my very first escape room.

Theme

Ghost Bomber is an outdoor escape room. The story is that a serial bomber is on the loose and aims to kill civilians at all spots at major cities in Sydney. You have 90 minutes to hunt for clues to locate the bomb, find the suspect and defuse the bomb.

Game break down

You start the game at the Break the Code reception. Belongings go into a locker (recommended as you’ll be literally running around). This game is played within the Chinatown district. Although I’ve been to Chinatown numerous times, it got us looking at it with new eyes. As it was our first time playing this type of game, we had no idea what to expect.
The game is linear – you find each clue to proceed to the next. The game is more like being a participant in the Amazing Race, than a traditional escape room. Some of the clues were quite obscure and would have needed a hint (which we didn’t realise at the time that we were supposed to ask for a hint – newbie mistake!).
The hint system is through SMS, although the game host was happy to use WhatsApp when we asked. The hint system is also the same system that you use to prove that you have achieved certain checkpoints.
As a whole, our team had an enjoyable time.  You spend a lot of time roaming around the Chinatown district and I discovered some places that I never knew existed. The price point seems a bit steep compared to other escape rooms but you do end up with a few goodies.
Customer service was good. Our game host was friendly.

Summary

  • Overall: 3.5/5
  • Fun: 3.5/5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5/5
  • Difficulty: 4/5
  • Creativity of puzzles: 2.5/5
  • Game duration: 90 minutes
  • Cost: $45/person
  • Team size: 4-8 people
  • Escaped ? Unfortunately no.
  • Played: October 2015
  • Tips: Wear good sensible shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of running and walking.

About Break the Code

Break the Code opened their doors in 2015. They have four indoor rooms and one outdoor “room”.

Where: 1/741 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Website: Break the Code

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