Have you done an escape room yet? Evolo Room Escape is the perfect excuse to bring your friends, family or colleagues together. Hello Hobart chatted with passionate owners Nick & Lauren about their love for escape rooms and how they also managed to lock themselves in their own building!
First up, what is an escape room? A timed scenario where you and a team need to work together to solve a variety of puzzles in order to ‘escape’ the room. Escape rooms started in Budapest and Japan and were an evolution of the haunted house and other games.
‘Escape rooms are like a movie, but you actually get to play it out’, said Nick.
Lauren and Nick’s story starts in 2014 when they discovered an escape room on TripAdvisor during a holiday to Sydney. They loved their first experience so much that they went back the following day to do another room!
From here, the couple begun researching other escape rooms and the potential to open one in their home state of Tasmania. They both had big gaming experience; Lauren grew up in a video shop and Nick played a lot, so the two of them had a passion for fun, games and puzzles.
‘We work on the room designs together and there is lots of back and forth to really build a room that has something in it for everyone.’
‘We have different puzzle styles between us. Nick is much more the logic and maths brain, whereas I am the more physical puzzle person’, says Lauren.
The record for the fastest time they have seen? 20 minutes! Lauren tells us that the average time though is 55-70 minutes. Each team is equipped with a walkie talkie so that Lauren and Nick can ‘nudge’ you into the right direction if you get stuck.
‘There is absolutely no judgment on anyone’s performance in rooms because you can have a great day and then you can have just an off day, as with anything in life’, says Lauren.
‘We take great care to maintain our props well. We want people to come back time and time again’, says Nick. They have even coined their Mondays as ‘maintenance Mondays’!
Book your next activity at the escape rooms via their website evoloroomescape.com. And if you are looking for a good gift idea, they have beautiful bamboo gift vouchers, which are a gift in themselves.
Located at 187 Campbell Street, Hobart.