Most of us are saturated with the many options available and sold to us using every platform we frequent. Finding interesting ways to spend a Sunday afternoon therefore shouldn’t really be a problem. The issue is, of every 30 so called innovations thrust into our faces, there’s maybe one we haven’t tried before; less if you count inclination to try, affordability and practicalities such as distance etcetera. A few weeks ago, I was therefore pleasantly surprised to learn about Mystery Rooms in Rajouri Garden, which first took to be a themed restaurant. A little later, I realised what Mystery Rooms really was.
Imagine yourself locked in a room, with no scope for release, the only way out being clues in the room. That’s the situation we found ourselves in, the Saturday afternoon we visited Mystery Rooms. They have a pool table available for those waiting to enter a room, a facility we took full advantage of before entering our choice of room – The Hurt Locker; a room where one’s survival depends on finding clues to ultimately find and diffuse a bomb.
I’ve been asked not to reveal too much about the room itself, a request I’ll happily work with considering the fun we had during the 60 minutes we played the game. I’m not sure about my team mates, Jaswinder and Sameer, but I didn’t really take the game seriously until about 20 minutes into it, when I realised the serious application of brains was a requirement to solve the puzzles. Apart from brains, it also required some fairly creative thinking to reveal and solve clues. Every room (there are two as of now) is constantly monitored and the watchers supply clues every now and then if they think you’re stuck a bit too deep. Obviously we didn’t pay enough attention to some of the clues, because we made it through to the bomb at the very end, but made a mistake in the last 9 seconds of the game and blew ourselves up.
While Mystery Rooms could do with a few improvements such as a better equipped waiting area and a better in-room voice intro, there is little doubt in my mind that the facility is engaging, involving, encourages out-of-the-box thinking, improves problem solving skills, promotes teamwork and builds rapport. I can’t think of many better ways to spend an afternoon with friends, family or co-workers and suggest you visit at the earliest.