Month: November 2019

Room review: Amazing Chambers: Sisters Island

Their description: Legend tells the story of two pretty sisters, Minah and Linah, who were inseparable. On one unfortunate day, one of them got kidnapped from their abode by pirates.

Being a Laksamana (an Admiral), you have been commanded by the King to investigate the kidnapping and disappearance of the sisters at the Pirates’ lair.

Whispers from the village says that the Sisters’ Islands emerged after a storm broke out after the kidnapping.

Unravel the mystery of the missing inseparable Sisters and the two mysterious islands that emerged overnight!

Sisters Island is a decent little adventure, if admittedly rough around the edges. There’s an attempt at sticking to a pirate-y setting (despite the fact that they couldn’t alter the rooms too much), a good mix of puzzles, and some fun flourishes. Unfortunately there’s also one egregiously anachronistic use of tech, and the room’s most rigorous puzzle is simultaneously the easiest to misinterpret.

Do note that searching skills are a must — although at least the hiding places aren’t unfair. Some aspects of this room also make it unsuitable for people with mobility issues.

I can’t actually talk about my favourite parts of the room without spoiling them, so I’ll just say that there are fun surprises in store, some of which may even impress experienced teams. Even if you think you already know the story of Sisters Island, this room is still solidly WORTH A TRY.

Puzzle difficulty: 3/5
Puzzle logic: 3/5
Multimedia aspect of puzzles: 2/5

Atmosphere and setting: 2/5
Exciting flourishes, use of technology or physical aspects: 2.5/5
Storyline integration: 2/5

Their suggested number of players: Up to 10
My suggested number of players: 2 to 4

Overall review: Amazing Chambers

Amazing Chambers is possibly more interesting as an industry case study than for its rooms themselves. Housed in a heritage building in Kampong Glam, it drew some flak from those who felt that this was a disrespectful use of the historical premises. Its defence: All its rooms are based on historical events or local folktales, with a focus on Malay culture. This is relatively rare in Singapore, with Amazing Chambers being only the second company (after the sadly defunct Unravel) with a complete set of locally-themed rooms.

Its rooms probably do succeed in providing a fun and exciting experience to its apparent main audience of tourists, families, schoolchildren, and general beginners to escape rooms. Experienced teams might not be as impressed, though they probably won’t be too upset either.

In the rooms I’ve played so far, I did learn new things about local folktales. Each room also has a narrative resolution of some sort. It’s a shame, then, that most puzzles weren’t integrated that gracefully into the storyline — and that the rooms include wildly anachronistic tech or setting details. (When it comes to creating a convincing setting, the company is probably constrained by having to respect the heritage building’s original fittings.)

What about the rest of the experience? Amazing Chambers is affiliated with Trapped SG, and it does show. Its rooms have a slightly old-school feel despite the frequent use of high-tech aspects, and most contain an unfortunate flaw or too. Yet there are also standout puzzles, fun moments of discovery, and creative touches.

Overall, there are enough cool aspects that beginner teams should have a fun time. Jaded veterans may be harder to win over. Neither a company to dismiss nor one to rave about, Amazing Chambers is solidly WORTH A VISIT. Keep your expectations in check, and you’ll have more fun.

Staff: Friendly and helpful. They are careful not to reveal too much when you call for help.

Hints: Via intercom phone. Staff will enter the room if needed.

Will your group be combined with strangers? Yes.

Rooms tried: 6 out of 7 current rooms

Recommended team size: 2 to 4 people

Specific room reviews

1603: Changi Naval Battle
Badang the Magnificent
The Invaders (formerly Leftenan Adnan: The Battle of Bukit Chandu)
Princess Radin Mas Ayu
Sang Nila Utama and The Lost Crown
The Curse – Legend of Tanggang (formerly Si Tanggang, The Ungrateful)
Sisters Island

Amazing Chambers