Note: This room was played during the company’s soft launch (as a regular player, without revealing that I’m a blogger). Some details may have changed since. If you’ve played it more recently and would like to share your experience, please do get in touch!
Their description: Sang Nila Utama – a Srivijayan prince from Palembang was said to have founded the kingdom of Singapura in 1299.
While his ship was out at sea, a great storm suddenly erupted and the ship was tossed about by the huge waves. On the advice of the Nakhoda (ship’s captain), Sang Nila Utama threw his crown overboard as a gift to the sea. At once, the storm died down and he reached the shores of Temasek safely.
About a century later, rumour has it that the crown, which has been kept hidden at Sang Nila’s last resting place in Bukit Larangan, has been recovered by an obsessed archaeologist who then hid it at a secure and secret location.
Infiltrate into the Archaeologist’s hidden home in the middle of the forest to retrieve the crown and discover his other hidden treasures. He may have set a trap or two to fend off any intruders. Be observant and avoid detection or you and your team will lose the chance to escape!
Sang Nila Utama and the Lost Crown feels like an Indiana Jones-themed room that happens to take the myth as a reference point — another example of how Amazing Chambers integrates folktales into broader genres. With its attempts at drama and changes of setting, this could be a fun adventure for beginners and younger players — which, to be fair, is probably its target audience. For us, though, it had a few too many flaws.
The experience starts off with tech that may excite beginners, but struck us as hilariously incongruous. There’s a strong puzzle midway through — true to the apparent Amazing Chambers formula of having one standout, rigorous puzzle in each room — but soon after that comes a puzzle that contains what I consider an inexcusable flaw (though it doesn’t make progress impossible).
The finale is a mix of ambition and less-than-ideal implementation. I do appreciate how the room uses audio in its narrative-building, which is a rarity in Singapore — I just hope they’ve fixed the issue of too-loud background music.
Apart from that one inexcusable puzzle, I’d still say this might be WORTH A TRY for beginners, but perhaps NOT RECOMMENDED for players who care about thematic coherence.
Puzzle difficulty: 3.5/5
Puzzle logic: 2.5/5
Multimedia aspect of puzzles: 2.5/5
Atmosphere and setting: 2.5/5
Exciting flourishes, use of technology or physical aspects: 3/5
Storyline integration: 2.5/5
Their suggested number of players: Up to 8
My suggested number of players: 2 to 4