On 12 February we visited Vienna’s new high-tech real-life escape room “FIRST ESCAPE”, located in the heart of the old town. An escape quest is an interactive experience where the players are required to break out from imprisonment by finding hidden clues and solving riddles and puzzles.

In six different groups we tried to escape from a Medieval CASTLE, a mysterious HOTEL ROOM 13 and an OPERA house haunted by a dark shadow. The various rooms were controlled by sensors, magnets, lights and rich audiovisual effects (all the clues were in English!). We had to cooperate as a team to solve the challenging quests. Some of us got stuck and had to ask the live operators for hints. But in the end, everybody solved the mystery and found their way out.

Hopefully our FIRST ESCAPE was not our LAST ESCAPE…