I experienced my first escape in sg on 5th March 2017 (the last day of recess). It was actually a substitute plan for a trip to Batam which will never come true 😥 because of a reason which I will discuss in paragraph 2. However, I was as excited as ever to visit and experience my first escape (which did not happen).
The initial plan for the final trip with the group was actually discussed like in the first 2 weeks of the semester, However because AN was unable to make it in the weekend of the 2nd week, we decided to postpone our so called grad trip to 25th Feb yet it did not happen. It was quite silly cause I could not remember that I had a marathon on 25th Feb with CBEFF at that time despite the fact that everyone was keep reminding me for that big day. I carelessly marked my marathon and Batam trip on the same day although I had made my confirmation for the marathon long before the semester started. I realized the clash after AN brought it up 2 weeks before the D-day and it struck a lightning into my head. The cross country trip with the group was nearly cancelled and I could feel the regret for being sloppy in my time management. However, my tenacity to make this last outing come true led me to choose escape as our plan B. In the back of my mind I was extremely concern of the extremely low possibility for our group to be together again especially after this semester which I predicted will be the only moment left for us to have the time together. It was very fortunate that the entire group could make it and hence accepted my proposal, and hence the plan B was officially commissioned.
We experienced trouble on the D-day as our group started pre-game with miscommunication. Me and DR were left out in bus stop after AN promised to leave campus on the same wheels. JW went on his own from the Southern isle. Because of the miscommunication, we experienced a last minute arrival to the place, however we were lucky enough to find the place 5 mins after we entered the building. The building (Peace Center) was an old plaza (just like Lucky Plaza) where you can see shops from the 80s or 90s like barbershop, travel agent, snackshop and many more. Not many people visit the place, cause more people are probably more prone towards the newly built mall like Cathay or Plaza Singapura. Despite its dwindling amount of popularity, the 3 storeys building had its own history relic and it stood stil to provide service for its loyal customers.
The game started after a short intro video of Castiglione in front of the counter prior to entering the room. The nice staff later guided us into our room and gave brief instructions of how to play the game and later left after telling us the which and which not. After the game, I would give remarks for the episode. Firstly, the puzzles for this room are solvable within one hour and it’s actually relatively easy except for the South Africa one where we went astray therefore requested for hint. Another good aspect that I’d like to talk is about the design of the room. The room was quite spacious with decorations that allowed me to immerse into the story; I was awed by some of the technology the room offered which totally caught me off-guard (the laser pew pew). The properties in this room overall were also very supportive for the game. The staff was very friendly and they provided free polaroid photo after the game whether you escaped or not. They were also quick to respond to our need when we requested for any.
However other than its positive, now its time to talk about its negative. When playing the game, I discovered some items were defect (we managed to solve one puzzle but the door didn’t open). Some improvements could be made actually when I’m comparing it with Pandora. Like provide walkie talkie instead coming back to the first room to ask for hints; put the intro video inside the room instead outside; provide horror music(?).
However, I think Castiglione by Lost Sg was a decent escape room to try although some improvements considered possible.
Disclaimer: I would not give a lot of comparison and comment cause it’s only my first escape experience. Probably and hopefully I’ll give a better review after testing out some other escape rooms in town.