Holding a dimly lit torch, I rummaged through blood stained clothes containing fingers and chopped body parts of innocent women. Instinctively, my stomach churned and I covered my nose with my free hand. There was no stench and I forced myself to remember that it was just a game…. and I had to escape, fast!
So, a little background story before you all start wondering if I was simply hallucinating after shrooms – (No, I wasn’t, by the way). I was looking for something unique and fun to do in Bangkok. With several visits to shopping malls, party streets, clubs and themed pubs under my belt, I wanted something obscure yet entertaining. Luckily, I found exactly what i was looking for – a time machine.
Here’s my story of the day when I entered a time machine…
Well not literally but yes, I found a themed escape room where I could go back in time and solve the greatest mysteries the world has ever known. It was time to grab my magnifying glasses, get my ‘Sherlock Holmes’ mode on and save human kind!
Enter – Ticket to Mystery. Finding this place was a mini mystery in itself as my friend and I ran across every floor of Gateway Ekkamai Mall and finally found this tiny shop on the 3rd Floor. Obviously, my poor navigational skills rubbed off on my friend too so GPS was pretty much useless.
Anyways, we finally made it and I hadn’t expected it to be tiny, by any account. However, that was just the entrance – there were 4 escape rooms inside, each tastefully designed in the theme of a different game, era and place. Ticket to Mystery offers 4 mind boggling live escape games – Ghost Tower, Ripper, Curse of the Pharaoh and Honjo’s sword.
We decided to try the games Ripper and Honjo as recommended by Gary, TTM owner. Upon entering, our game master, Sali, explained instructions and announced that we will be given clues to open locks/door and solve the mystery. We had 55 minutes to solve all clues and escape the room and if we get stuck, we can ring the bell and she will give us another clue to help.
It was our first time and we were both excited and nervous. My brain cells were pretty rusty from not being in use for a long time so no wonder I was worried of being stuck in the year 1888 (Ripper)!
Since phones, cameras and bags are not allowed inside the escape rooms, we took some silly pictures at the lobby/reception and left our bags at the counter.
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Tip – As you can see, they have some rock solid props for your selfies, wefies and quirky pictures. You will be spending around 20-30 mins just clicking photos, so it is advisable to arrive early.
Our first game Jack the Ripper, set in the year 1888, comes with a fantastic back story. You need to find out who the real ‘Jack the Ripper’ is or you will be shunned forever as the evil Jack in Whitechapel, London. The game has all the elements of mystery and the room has effects and decor to match it. It is dark inside so you get a torch to look for clues. Rummaging through torn, bloody clothes and body parts with sounds of angry mob closing in on you, was the perfect effect one can hope for. We were able to quickly unlock the first door but didn’t realize there was another and there on, it was total chaos. We were confused and struggled to escape the room and sadly could not beat the clock. Luckily, Sali saved us and with her help, we made our way to freedom.
Not for long though, as we had another mystery at hand to solve – Find the fabled Honjo’s sword. The Honjo Masamune is the great samurai sword which can split light and make the holder invisible. This mystery is set in 1725 in Japan. You are at the thief’s house and have to play detective again (A very smart one at that) to find the missing sword before all hell breaks lose. Absolutely lovely Japanese decor in this room and I enjoyed it for the extremely smart (And tough) clues and the adorable theme. I actually felt as if I was in Japan in the 18th century.
So even though we could not solve either of the games without Sali’s help, we had a blast. Ripper is an awesome game if its your first time in an escape room with the sound effects, somewhat easier clues and the entire spooky ambiance. Honjo is amazing as your second game or for more experienced escape roomers (is that a term?) in that perfect Japanese style.