Put on your thinking cap as these escape rooms are filled with puzzles and vexing scenarios all in the name of making your escape a challenging one. Without giving too much away, we clue you in on some of the best escape rooms Singapore has to offer. Be strategic about who you enter these simulations with – grab a couple of your brainier friends and work your way through our top picks.
Ambient lighting and gripping sound effects take centre stage at Lost, guaranteeing that participants have an immersive experience. We’ve heard that the doors of this escape room are fitted with voice-activated sensors so if you scream loud enough, they might just open up. So when all else fails, you know what to do – or you could press on by phoning in for clues. $21.90/person
TRY The Exodus
Loosely based on the biblical exodus, journey across the Sea of Reeds as you finally break free from years of torment and enslavement. The Egyptian-inspired artefacts contribute to a ridiculously convincing atmosphere that’ll have you believe you’ve been transported back in time to a mystical era.
Once you've entered this Victorian era-themed escape room, there's only one way out. Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew as you tackle a murder mystery of your own. A mystery solved is its own reward, but amateur detectives are also served hot tea and biscuits as a treat. Document your endeavor by striking a pose with chic detective outfits and quirky props. $28/person
TRY The Whitechapel Murderer
Confirm the identity of a notorious serial killer – Jack the Ripper – within the stipulated time or become his next victim. There’s nothing like a century-old murder mystery to get your adrenaline pumping.
Drawing on the expertise of professional puzzle designers, Captivate has refined each of its rooms to confound and confuse – ensuring that only the sharpest of daring participants make it through. Fortunately, each session at Captivate lasts a good 75 minutes, which is considerably longer than the usual hour afforded to patrons of other escape rooms. Put those extra minutes to good use as you race against the clock. $22/person
TRY Labyrinth: Dead Men Walking
Labyrinth has an intriguing local spin to it – making it chillingly relatable. Corpses of death row inmates are disappearing from the Changi prison morgue and it’s your job to unravel the truth behind the unsettling news. If that doesn’t get your attention, we don’t know what will.
This is currently the only facility in Singapore that houses two-storey escape rooms – for twice the fun. Ever wanted to save a city from a dirty bomb or rally a band of survivors during a plague outbreak? At The Escape Artist, you can do just that. Embrace the hero within you by choosing from a range of special powers that’ll prove instrumental in helping you save the day. $24/person
TRY Outpost X
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, put your survival skills to the ultimate test as you navigate through a zombie apocalypse in hopes of making it to the extraction point. This is by far The Escape Artist’s most crowd-pleasing simulation. Give it a go to find out why.
From the brains behind large-scale escape games in heritage precincts like Chinatown and Haw Par Villa, Lockdown has no doubt made its mark on Singapore's escape room scene. Scenarios range from eerily realistic murder investigations – think Cluedo on steroids – to uncovering lost treasures.
If you hit a dead end, appeal to the wise gamemasters for a hint or two. Did we mention that their Jurong East outlet even houses virtual reality escape rooms. $30/person
TRY VR Escape-Abandoned Mine
Escape-Abandoned Mine is Lockdown’s veteran virtual reality escape room. Following an unfortunate landslide, you're trapped inside an abandoned mine and getting an old elevator to work is your best chance at survival. To make things worse, the oxygen supply depletes by the second.