Photo belongs to Lockdown Escape Room, Benidorm
What can you do when the children go silent and The Orphanage is suddenly empty? What are you going to do when the only ones who can save them are you and your team? Get your best team together and crack the code to save the children’s souls, before it’s too late…
We were lucky enough to try out The Orphanage at the Lockdown Escape Room on Calle Ibiza, near to the Yellow Brick Road and it really is an experience like no other.
If you haven’t heard of the new craze, Escape Rooms, yet then familiarise yourself, because it’s definitely a game that isn’t going away any time soon. Escape rooms are a fully-immersive real-life game, so if you’re into video games, then you’ll be into escape rooms. Small groups get together to solve a series of riddles, puzzles, codes and clues to get out of the chamber.
Needless to say, these rooms aren’t suitable for people with claustrophobia [fear of closed in spaces]. But, The Orphanage is also not suitable for people who are achluophobic [fear of the dark] as the room begins in complete darkness and there are intermittent moments of darkness throughout. This should also be kept in mind if you were planning to bring young children. Minors between 8 and 17 years can play, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult on the same team.
Our experience was, once again, a very positive one. From start to finish it was a memorable experience.
“The room raises your heart rate and makes you feel on edge. For younger children, it could be quite scary, when you hear the sounds you believe something to happen and especially when you can’t see because it’s dark it adds to the thrill.” – Oliver
“I enjoyed the escape room, it was scary at parts which added to the adventure and thrill. It was fun working out the clues. It was a challenging team-building activity and a unique experience to do on holiday. It is highly recommended” – Mum
“It was a good experience, I preferred it to the Cold War as it’s a more practical game as opposed to technical. We were much more switched on than before now that we’ve done an escape room before. It was rewarding solving the clues and a good game” – Dad
The introduction and briefing can make or break an escape room. At Lockdown Escape Room, the room masters definitely make it. A good introduction is the first part of the experience and the part that prepares you for the game. Let’s face it, if they don’t believe it, why should you?
The room masters aren’t reading from scripts or using a dull tone, instead, they’re in character, dressed the part and building upon the mood and atmosphere before you’re even in the room. They introduce the story behind the escape room and get you prepared to go in. They also debrief you on the important aspects of the room, like what not to touch, how long you have and some information about how to use the room safely. They really do add to make an awesome experience.
“The legend says that the director offered the orphan’s souls to the demon in exchange for his immortality. Shut off the portal before midnight because those who didn’t return before midnight… never returned.”
Then, you’re in the room. It’s up to you and your team to get back out again with a bit of help from your room master, the voice that comes from above. The clock starts ticking down and it’s time to scramble around searching for clues and working out how to get out again before it hits 75 minutes. Of course, if you feel you need to quit the game, you are able to leave the room and allow the rest of the team to continue playing.
The effects throughout were outstanding. There were sound effects, moving features and light play. It really tests your wit, your nerve and your ability to stay calm under pressure. There may be a few moments where you have to be brave, too!
We played The Orphanage as a group of 4, unlike the Zombies, you stay as a group the entire time. Working together to solve the clues and using one-use keys and objects to get yourself out of the room.
We managed to get out of the room in 72 minutes, 3 minutes spare. But, it definitely wasn’t an easy escape. We were given an awesome debriefing, highlighting what we liked and did in the room. We then had our photo taken in The Orphanage room.
Phones and equipment are prohibited in the room, so you are able to use the lockers that are readily available at no extra cost, which also include phone charging!
To book yourself into The Orphanage room, you can do so by going on the Lockdown Escape Benidorm official booking page here: The Orphanage Booking.
For more information about the escape rooms, FAQ and to book, you can do so by going to Lockdown Escape Benidorm official page here: Escape Benidorm.
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