Unravel: The Ouija

NOTE: This escape outfit has sadly closed down. I’m posting the review anyhow, as it was a really enjoyable room and was part of our escape room marathon day.

In planning for our escape room marathon in Singapore, we were keen to try escape room outfits that reflected local legends, puzzles or storylines. All of Unravel’s rooms ticked that box but unfortunately due to timing, we could only try one. This was our 24th escape room (and our 4th Singaporean one).

Theme

From their website:

CASE FILE #243

THE OUIJA

October 15th, 1985

The headlines were unreal: “School Cleaner Missing After Student Found Hanged”. The police initially thought the student, Judy Lim, committed suicide as she was found hanging in one of the toilet cubicles. Post-mortem revealed that she was actually strangled and the killer made it look like a suicide. The biggest suspect is the school cleaner who had not reported for work since October 15th. Police spoke to his family and he had not returned home since the night of October 14th.

Are things really that simple? What will the Ouija board reveal to private investigator Kai?

This is a great immersive and fairly scary experience. Props, storyline, atmosphere and background music was on theme. I jumped and scream a few times throughout the game – very enjoyable 🙂

Game breakdown

Unravel entrance

Once we located  the place (take the lift up to Level 5), we met our game host, stored our bags away into the provided lockers and got our briefing. This included a briefcase with a number of ‘case notes’ to help us through the investigation and flashlights.

We were lead into the starting spot, where you start outside the school and need to get into the school. I found that the starting puzzle was probably one of the hardest in the entire game, which is strange as most rooms tend to warm you up with a puzzle that you can complete fairly quickly. We spent a fair amount of time trying to solve this one, which really added to the anxiety as we had no idea how big or small the game was.

There were a nice mixture of puzzles including hunt and seek, logic, maths and hands-on puzzles. The tech elements were nicely done (with one of the elements making me scream twice!). You’ll also need to be fairly mobile for one particular area of this game.

Hints are done via a walkie talkie. You can unlimited hints and the hints were timely. Unfortunately we didn’t make it out on time, as we had lost significant time on the starting puzzle (and I was a bit scared at certain points which slowed me down – but added to the fun).

The out of game experience was ok. The outfit seemed to be short staffed that day, which meant that once we finished, we didn’t get much of a chance to debrief (something that good escape room outfits in Australia generally do)  or get a photo without me asking for help.

This was one of our favourite rooms on our Singapore holiday. I’m really sad that this outfit has closed down as it’s such a wonderful experience for locals and visitors alike. If this room is still running, it is highly recommended as it’s a creepy but fun and immersive experience.

Alastair & Ruth in front of the Unravel sign

Summary

  • Overall: 4.2/5
  • Fun: 4/5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5/5
  • Difficulty: 3.7/5 (with 2 adults)
  • Creativity of puzzles: 4/5
  • Game duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: From $17.80-$21.80/person (different prices non-peak and peak periods)
  • Team size: 2 – 8 people (we recommend 4 people)
  • Escaped ? No (so closed though!)
  • Played: 14 September 2016.

Check out other reviews of this room by Escaping.SG and S-capegoats.

About Unravel

Unravel poster at the front door - with 4 different games listed on it

Website: Unravel

Cover photo credit: Unravel, other photos: Ruth Ellison

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