#TSDayOut @ Escape Room

The crew members from Tourism Selangor are back and September unfolds yet another edition of their awesome #TSDayOut program. An acronym for “Tourism Selangor Day Out”, #TSDayOut is an event where random Facebook fans and Twitter followers are chosen to participate in an all-expense-paid-for event held in the state of Selangor. From the thrill and spills of riding an all-terrain vehicle to experiencing a simulated war game using laser targeted weapons inside a jungle, #TSDayOut has always been fun, educational and memorable for many who have took part in these exciting events. On a more personal level, #TSDayOut has a special place in my heart since I have been part of this program right from the very beginning with many fond memories from each edition. You can read and view all the photos that I had taken for #TSDayOut on my website by clicking the following link here.

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Unlike most #TSDayOut editions where the activities are primarily outdoor-based, Tourism Selangor decided to do something different this time around by getting its participants to experience an indoor-bound game called Escape Room. The puzzle-solving game has apparently taken the world by storm with over one million fans from countries such as United States of America, Hungary, Romania, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Spain and Hong Kong. Malaysia got a taste of this popular phenomenon last year with the opening of the first Escape Room outlet at eCurve. This was quickly followed by another six other locations spreading across Peninsular Malaysia with its Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur outlet being the largest Escape Room to date.

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#TSDayOut to Escape Room was held at the Klang outlet, a stone throw away from AEON Bukit Tinggi Klang. The program started in the morning with the usual registration exercise by one of their crew member. It was great to see many familiar faces who have shown their unwavering support for #TSDayOut turning up for the event.

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Some of the #TSDayOut participants were enthusiastically taking selfies and posting their shots on Instagram upon arrival at the venue.

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One of the unique part about #TSDayOut is getting to know people who share the same interest to learn more about what Selangor has to offer. There were certainly a lot of camaraderies amongst the participants and crew members.

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Tourism Selangor also roped in actor Zoey Rahman (centre) to join in the fun as well. His celebrity status will further boost the event with wider media coverage and awareness about #TSDayOut through his fans and social media followers.

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Victor Lo (Co-Founder of Escape Room) was invited to give a short introduction about the game. Essentially, Escape Room is an interactive puzzle game which puts players in a race against time to escape from a room by solving a series of riddles / puzzles. Each room is divided into subsections with clues littered around for the participants to piece together. What makes the game even more interesting is the different room settings or themes that players get to choose from. For example, the Klang Outlet has seven rooms starting with the spine chilling ‘Surgery Room – The Secret of Dr. Malcom’, the movie inspired ‘Taken’ room, Kung Fu, The Abandon Factory, Prison Break (TV drama of the same name), The Mysterious Room and the haunting Slaughter House. All the rooms offer varying difficulty levels ranging from a three-star rating right up to five-star which will definitely appeals sleuth-hounds wannabes. 

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#TSDayOut participants were busy taking photos and videos of Victor Lo while he was giving a short briefing. Photos and short clips about the event are often posted on their respective blogs and other social media platforms, thus creating an awareness about the many places of interests in the state of Selangor via #TSDayOut.

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Each room has a forty-five minutes time limit for the players to escape failing which their pictures will be taken with a polaroid camera and plastered on the ‘Wall of Shame’ alongside with the rest of the other previous players who have also failed to escape. Winners who successfully to solve all the puzzles and escape within the time frame will be glorified with their photos appearing on the ‘Wall of Fame’.

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Renuga Devi (centre) from Tourism Selangor was dividing the participants into groups for the Escape Room event. Each room requires a minimum of two participants with a maximum of eight at any one time.

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To add a touch of authenticity to the entire Escape Room experience, the Prison Break room for example, requires the participants to be handcuffed as ‘prisoners’ before entering the room. To heighten their sense of anticipation, they were also blindfolded thus having no idea of what to expect inside the prison room.

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The darkly lit Prison Break room resembles a prison cell with props and ambient sound that provide an immersive feeling of being trapped in a jailhouse. As the participants removed their blind fold, they were welcomed by an Escape Room staff who stands on the other side of the cell to provide a quick briefing about the backstory and mission. Apparently, the players are told that they are ‘locked’ in a maximum security prison and their execution is imminent. In order to save their own lives, they need to escape from the cell within forty-five minutes before the prison guards return by solving a series of puzzles.

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The puzzles could be in a form of a combination lock with numbers, sequence of lines or patterns and et cetera. What makes Escape Room really interesting is how players need to piece the clues together to move on to the next section of the room.

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The first task in the Prison Break room is to remove their handcuffs by locating a key to unlock. Each puzzle is carefully thought out by the founders and sequenced in a logical manner so that the players can progressively move on to the next level.

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While my initial thought that the Prison Break room was dark enough, I was surprised to learn that some of the other rooms were even darker. Luckily, the participants were given torchlights (cameras and smartphones are generally not allowed in the room) to search for clues. One team was seen discussing on the symbol found at the wall and how it could possibly be related to a brain-teaser.

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Essentially, teamwork is the key ingredient to success as players need to collaborate among each other to decipher the clues. While it may be obscure at first, thinking out of the box will help in some situations. Participants need to be aware of the environment as a simple scribble on the wall could be a vital hint towards decoding the puzzle.

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Adding in the excitement to the entire Escape Room experience is the well-crafted story behind each room. The ‘Taken’ room, with a five-star difficulty rating sets the tempo running high from the beginning as the team desperately tries to locate the boss’ daughter who was abducted for ransom by a mob. Inside the eerie-looking room, players were told that the time is running out to save her from a terrifying ending which adds to the level of anxiety trying to figure out how to solve the puzzles and ultimately rescue the abductee.

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Escaping the room within the time frame is an extremely gratifying experience. After trudging through a series of increasingly complex puzzles to unlock the final door, a team of #TSDayOut participants were screaming with joy as they celebrate their success. Others weren’t so lucky but nevertheless, they had a lot of fun together.

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While the first round provided a good first-hand impression of what Escape Room is all about, #TSDayOut participants were fortunate enough to have another round again albeit with a different room to experience.

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As the participants get deeper into the game, they will soon realise that the flow is based entirely on answering one puzzle to receive a clue to another. More often than not, it will turn into a nail biting experience when the entire team fails to unlock a puzzle that potentially leads to another clue while the clock is ticking away.  That is where the excitement level will turn up to a few notches higher as they profusely try to race against time to escape successfully.

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Thankfully, each game allows two ‘saves’ where players can press a bell located at the entrance of each room to call for a staff to show them the solution for a particular puzzle. The friendly Escape Room folks will reveal the answer, often leading to a common reaction somewhere along the lines of “Arrghhh…. I should have thought about that!”

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At the end of the day, it is all about having a good time as #TSDayOut participants were placed in different scenarios trying to decipher all puzzles within the given time frame. The entire experience is akin of stepping into a movie and assuming a certain role or character within the context of the theme while having loads of fun doing it – a sort of an escapism that we all yearn for.

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It is easy to see why Escape Room has been garnering an increasing base of hardcore fans over the months. It provides a real sense of adventure, encouraging an immense amount of teamwork as well as brainwork and ultimately, having loads of enjoyment together. We were told that Escape Room will also be spreading its wings to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Manchester, United Kingdom in the near future.

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Tourism Selangor also gave out cash prizes worth RM 150.00 to six winners for their Instagram pictures while top three winners for the blog entry category will receive RM 1,000, RM 500 and RM 300 respectively (to be announced on a later date).

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Escape Room – Malaysia’s First Real Escape Game

Rates:
Normal: RM 36.00
Offpeak*: RM 32.00
Weekend: RM 36.00
Public Holiday: RM 36.00

* Offpeak (Before 05:00 pm)

Locations Available For Bookings

#Petaling Jaya
Lot 2-01A, 2nd Floor, eCurve,
Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603-7732 9198
Email: info_pj@escaperoom.com.my

#Klang
No. 111-1, 1st Floor,
Jalan Mahogani 5, Bandar Botanic,
41200 Klang, Selangor.
Tel: +603-3323 2213
Email: info_klang@escaperoom.com.my

#Puchong
Unit 2, 3 & 4, Level 3, Block K, Setiawalk Mall,
Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47160 Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 1700 816 218
Email: info_puchong@escaperoom.com.my

#Kuala Lumpur
07-96, 7th Floor, Entertainment Podium,
Berjaya Times Square, No. 1, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +6016-217 8393
Email: info_kl@escaperoom.com.my

#Johor Bahru
L4-029, Sutera Mall,
No.1, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4,
Taman Sutera Utama,
81300 Skudai, Johor Bahru.
Tel: +6010-510 0931
Email: info_johor@escaperoom.com.my

#Penang
Lot 3-13B, 1st Avenue, 182,
Jalan Magazine, 10300 Penang.
Tel: +6042615571
Email: info_penang@escaperoom.com.my
Website: http://www.escaperoom.international/

Email: info@escaperoom.com.my

Tel: 03-7725 1921

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