ESCAPE IQ – NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED!
The Hoi An Now team were put to the test and scared witless at Hoi An’s only escape room, Escape IQ. There won’t be any tips or spoilers because it would be a shame to ruin the fun!
‘Ellie Susan, 23 years old, last seen in Hoi An. After a number of children and locals have gone missing, the local police have located a mysterious house, and sent in their top investigators. After entering the house, three detectives have immediately quit, two have come out of the room only able to utter two words: “doll” and “mannequin”. Ellie Susan’s family have called on YOU to try and solve the case…’
OK, for those who don’t know how escape rooms work … you’re locked in a room until you’ve solved enough puzzles to unlock all the locks in the place and get out. There’s plenty of them and it works best with 3-5 people. Even if you don’t get out in time you’ll get plenty out of the experience.
I’ve been to quite a few escape rooms but this time the room was genuinely creepy and real live actors added plenty to keep us on our toes in a very fast-paced and thrilling event.
A Welcome Shot of Adrenaline
Oh and ladies, a sartorial tip – I wore a loose dress, and at one point ended up exposing myself rather dramatically: unless it was me being particularly inelegant, I’d recommend shorts!
The room’s designer, Chris Love, was bitten by the escape room bug in Scotland, before trying other rooms in Italy and elsewhere in Vietnam. He wanted to create something different and finally chose the horror theme, one that has been executed very well. Alongside his business partner, he’s been crafting the puzzles and plot of the room for the last three months: “We really wanted to afford the visitors to Hoi An a truly unforgettable experience and we believe that we have accomplished that.”
Escape IQ really does fill a gap in the market in Hoi An – when you’ve exhausted all the cooking classes and food tours, and you’re finally sick of looking at lanterns, this provides a welcome shot of adrenaline without travelling too far afield. And it’s an excellent choice for those rainy days, or even an escape from the burning sun.
Go now, you won’t regret it!