Tired of the usual weekend activities? Looking for something fun and exciting to do especially during the rainy season? How does getting locked in a room and solving puzzles to escape sound to you?
If you’re a fan of murder mysteries or ever wanted to participate in the reality show The Crystal Maze, then it’s about time you tried your hand at room escape games.
Real-life room escape games are interactive scenarios where people get locked in a room and have to find clues to crack codes, solve puzzles and brainteasers and escape within a set time limit. Playing puzzle video games or watching mystery movies is one thing, but having to solve the puzzles under time pressure in real life is so much better.
Here’s a spoiler-free look at some of the room escape games in the Philippines where you can unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes!
1. Breakout Philippines
Breakout is the country’s premier escape room game where you have to plan as a team, solve puzzles and escape from locked rooms in just 45 minutes. The concept comes from the same team behind Outbreak Manila, which popularized zombie-themed fun runs in the metro. The rooms are elaborately designed with props, hidden puzzles, and clues that will have you and your friends racking your brains.
Breakout Philippines currently has five themed rooms in Mandaluyong with varying degrees of difficulty.
In Adarna’s Lair, you play a detective investigating the house of Dr. Adarna, who is rumored to have been involved in creating a virus during the initial spreading of the Zombie Outbreak in Manila.
In Prison Room, you take on the role of a distinguished police officer locked up after being wrongfully framed and who now gets his chance to escape during a prison riot.
In Room 13, you and your friends have to escape from a creepy motel in the middle of nowhere after experiencing car trouble.
In The Heist, you and your friends get to step into the shoes of thieves on a mission to steal a priceless art piece from a maximum-security museum.
In Limbo, you and your friends are subjects of a social experiment which suddenly go haywire.
Three new rooms are also set to open soon in Breakout’s second branch in Katipunan in September.
Rates for Breakout Philippines start at ₱600/pax for 1 to 2 persons, ₱500/pax for 3 to 4 persons, and ₱400/pax for groups of 5 or more. Team size: Maximum 5 to 8 players depending on the scenario.
Breakout Philippines is located at the Paragon Plaza, Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines and open from Mondays to Sundays from 10am to 10pm.
2. Mystery Manila
Another pioneer in the live escape room games in the Philippines is Mystery Manila. Founded in December 2013, Mystery Manila believes in “challenging people to experience new things and look for creative solutions to difficult problems.”
Guests get to immerse themselves in engaging and elaborate mystery rooms and find a way out in 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the scenario.
Mystery Manila currently has 11 rooms spread out in three locations in Quezon City, Makati, and Boracay.
In Buried Bodies, you and your friends have to escape from a graveyard after being challenged by a psychopathic killer.
In the futuristic scenario Reversed Reality, you are hired to extract plans from the mind of psychopathic killer Enigma using a method called dream snatching.
In Ticking Timebomb, you get a taste of what it’s like to be part of Metro Manila’s elite bomb squad on a mission to disarm a bomb hidden in the heart of the city. This scenario isn’t room-based and involves going on foot to nearby areas. You have 90 minutes to disarm the bomb before it explodes.
In Rebecca’s Room and Rebecca’s Revenge, you play a group of spirit questors hired to solve the mystery of a woman’s strange disappearance from her room and give her soul peace.
In World of Wizardry, you play a trainee wizard tasked to steal a magical time turner and stop Sidius from his evil master plan that will change the world of wizardry.
In Order of the Oculus, you must prove yourself worthy by completing a series of challenges and steal a valuable item in order to join a prestigious secret society.
In Villainous Vault, your mission is to steal information from an evil spy organization’s high-security vault within an hour.
In Chained Chamber, you and your friends are given an hour to escape a deadly room filled with riddles, puzzles and clues devised by a psychopathic serial killer.
In Aztec Adventure, you’re on a mission to search for an ancient Aztec artifact and a missing Archaeology professor in a ruin on the island of Boracay.
In the outdoor mystery Tainted Treasure, your mission is to find cursed treasure left by unknown pirates and break the curse within 90 minutes.
Rates in Mystery Manila start at ₱550/pax for 1 to 2 persons, ₱500/pax for 3 persons, ₱450/pax for 4 persons and ₱400/pax for groups of 5 or more. Team size: Minimum of 2 to 3 to a maximum of 5 to 6 players depending on the scenario.
Mystery Manila has four locations:
- Mystery Manila – Quezon City is located at Unit 9A, JW Plaza Building, 195 E. Rodriguez Jr Ave. Brgy. Bagumbayan, 1110 Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines and open Mondays to Fridays from 1 PM to 9:30 PM and Holidays/Saturdays/Sundays from 9am to 9:30 PM.
- Mystery Manila – Jupiter is located on the 2nd floor, G. A. Yupangco Building, Jupiter St. and Gil Puyat Avenue corner Reposo St., Brgy. Bel Air, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines and open Mondays to Fridays from 1 PM to 9:30 PM and holidays/weekends from 9 AM to 930 PM.
- Mystery Manila – Century City Mall is located in Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila
- Mystery Manila – Boracay is located on the 3rd Floor Alexandrea Building, Main Road, Station 1 Boracay, Brgy. Balabag, Malay, Aklan , Philippines and open Mondays to Sundays from 1 PM to 9:30 PM.
3. Escape Hunt
As part of a leading global franchise, the Escape Hunt Experience offers excellent game design, a luxurious lounge with refreshments and free WiFi, and special high-quality souvenir merchandise. It offers a unique experience where players get transported to another era and play the part of famous London detectives trying to solve a mystery.
Escape Hunt has a “mini-theme park feel” to its branches since customers can use the lounge before and after games, dress up in themed costumes and props, and take souvenir photos over refreshments.
Escape Hunt Manila opened its doors in February of 2015 and currently has two rooms each of three different scenarios, allowing groups to compete head to head.
In Jewel Heist at the Resort, you play a famous London detective out to retrieve priceless jewels that have been stolen from a German socialite.
In Trapped at the Spa, you have to escape after being locked up in a massage room in a spa resort.
In Murder at Home, the game locks you in the middle of a classic murder mystery set in the 1970’s.
Rates at Escape Hunt Manila start at ₱1000/pax for 2 persons, ₱850/pax for 3 persons, ₱750/pax for 4 persons, ₱650/pax for 5 persons. Team size: Minimum of 2 players and maximum of 5 players per room or book duplicate rooms to compete head to head with up to 10 friends.
Escape Hunt Manila can be found at 5773 Ebro St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City. They’re open Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM and Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Aside from being a fun barkada activity, these escape rooms are also great for team-building, corporate events, or even birthday parties!