Crack the code and get out of the escape room at Pandora Experience Bali...
Nobody likes to be trapped in a locked room, especially when the setting of the room is spooky or rather dodgy. But at Pandora Experience Bali, to be trapped in one of their three locked rooms would be as exciting as going to a fun park on a Sunday. Are you curious yet? Bear with me while I’m cracking the codes to get out of Alcatraz Prison, one of the game rooms at Pandora Experience Bali.
Find Your Way Out
A British woman who works at an intelligent service has to investigate a supernatural occurrence that strikes many prisoners at the Alcatraz Prison. Turns out, her investigation only got her to discover that an evil spirit has been waiting for her in Cell Block D. Does that sound scary enough? Well, that was the story I was told before the game began at Alcatraz room at Pandora Experience Bali.
I arrived at Pandora with three friends of mine, and was greeted by all-black walls and gothic settings. Pandora Experience Bali is actually the fourth venue of Pandora Experience in Indonesia. Pandora is an escape game where we will go into a room and find clues or solve codes to get out of the room. It could be keys, sticks, Morse code or even stairs that will lead our way out. But don’t get too excited yet, when you are able to solve one clue or break a code to open a door, because that door will lead you to another room and you need to find another clue to go in. And so on, and so on...to finally get free.
It seems hard at first, but knowing I will do this with up to seven friends makes me feel a little bit better. After all, it is only a game, a fun game that my friends and I tried to get through all the rooms on a recent evening. Among the three game rooms at Pandora Experience Bali, we opted to start with the Alcatraz room because it is the favorite. To be fair, the game was neither difficult nor easy – all we need is a certain level of skill to help us break all the codes. To help us prepare before the game starts one the staff informed us of all the rules during the game.
Our journey started in a prison cell with terrifying sentences written on black walls. All of a sudden, as we stood there without given any flashlight and clues, the TV came on and played a video about the British agent. At the end of the video, the agent was trapped in the Alcatraz prison. So, we played as that agent, and needed to find clues to get out. We began by examining the sentence written on the wall, but we discovered no clues there. Then we tried to look for clues all around the room, yet still we found nothing. It turned out, we needed to think out of the box to find a clue. For instance, in some rooms, we needed to use our math and scouting skills. Other clues were cracked when we tried to count some numbers on the wall – logic is a highly needed skill! Another time, we needed to find a rope to open another door or cupboard, which reminded me of my days as a girl scout.
In the end, when we tried to see what lies beyond our eyes, we found the answers, clues and codes that lead to our way out. For some reason, this way of thinking has shaped my mind into thinking outside the box and not to give up too easily. Although a walkie-talkie was available for us to ask for hints from the game master when we felt helpless. There is no limit to how many hints we can ask the game master, but where is the fun in that? Trying to crack the code by ourselves was where the challenge is.
During the game, I also noticed that Pandora Experience Bali has installed advanced technology and sensory devices connected to almost all of the items in the room. For instance, to open one of the doors, we needed to read a Morse code and match it with the instruction. All of the codes have to match, because only then will the door open automatically.
It took us about one and a half hour to get out of the Alcatraz Prison, but it didn’t feel that long because we were too busy working on the codes. There were a lot of surprises along the way as well, which made the game even more fun – and the truth be told, we became addicted to this game! We will surely come back to try to escape from the other two game rooms, Area 52 and Legends of El Dorado. We believe that both will be just as exciting as Alcatraz. We can’t wait to get our mind’s blown with the clues and tricks hidden in those undiscovered escape rooms.
Jalan Dewi Sri No. 45D, Kuta
By Suhartina Sindukusumo
Magazine issue > Action&Attraction