FREEING SG’S CATHAY BRANCH IS NOW CLOSED.
This review is left here merely as a record.
Their description: Year 2325 A.D., humans have lived on Planet T908 for more than a century. Living in this unpredictable galaxy, the planet that everyone has depended on is now facing a serious meteorite shower attack. Survival of our kind is at stake. We must escape and seek refuge on another planet, if not, humans shall no longer exists.
You and your friends are rushing against time in search of a functional space shuttle. You found an abandoned shuttle. There is no more time, you have to get it in the air and escape this doomed planet!
Spaceship: Galactic Survival is just a really fun, immersive experience. We were impressed the moment we stepped into the room, which has been faithfully done up to look like the control room of a spaceship: captain’s chair, video screens, locked escape capsule door, the works.
It’s not just cosmetic, either. You’ll have to power-up the spaceship, pay attention to video screens, and do other fun hands-on things in order to escape. (At the start, the immersion is taken so far that some teams might be impatient. Relax and watch your craft hurtle through space. It takes a while, but you have adequate time to escape.)
The puzzles themselves are not too complex, but they are largely logical, manage to avoid that old escape room staple of mere matching, and are conveyed in a wide range of multimedia forms.
The endgame is also a nice narrative touch. My only complaint would be that a staff member entered the room to tell us how to proceed; this could have been included in the initial briefing instead, so as not to break immersion.
Don’t try Spaceship: Galactic Survival if you only care about puzzle complexity. But if you’re willing to have some fun, this room is definitely RECOMMENDED.
Puzzle difficulty: 2.5/5
Puzzle logic: 3.5/5
Multimedia aspect of puzzles: 5/5
Atmosphere and setting: 5/5
Exciting flourishes, use of technology or physical aspects: 4.5/5
Storyline integration: 4.5/5
Their suggested number of players: Up to 8
My suggested number of players: 3 to 5