Picture this: you and a group of friends are locked into a room. Your one mission is to deactivate a device in 60 minutes by solving a series of puzzles and codes, using only what you can find in the room. You pull the latch down to lock the shelter and immediately the lights go out; the clock once marked at 60:00 has started to count down in a menacing red color, 59:59…it has begun. 

We frantically get out our iPhones trying to use the flashlight feature to figure out what to do. Is there a light switch? What are these numbers on the wall? Why the random lego pieces and books and piano and chess board? Ultimately we learn that Cedric’s advice of being a team is actually extremely useful and we solve our first of many tasks. Then it becomes addicting…could we actually do this? Can we succeed?

When we first heard of the Inscape Room, it sounded like our worst nightmare. Who in the world likes being confined to small spaces and work under pressure to try to get out? But then it started to become a craze–people in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Paris were lining up to give it a go. Instead of going out for drinks and dancing, people were choosing the real life interactive adventure games to do with friends. We were intrigued. And then one came to Lausanne and we couldn’t say no.

We’d be lying if we said we weren’t nervous. We were led downstairs into an industrial area with a bomb shelter–the very room we were to complete our mission. Cedric, the mastermind behind the simulation, greeted us with a relaxed and amiable vibe. He didn’t really give us much information–as this is the nature of the game–but he did tell us 1. to not climb on the furniture, and 2. to work as a team. ‘Once you’re in there we will be watching you on camera,’ he said. ‘If you need help at certain points, I will provide you with a hint.’ And then that’s it. Good luck.

The rest we will leave a mystery–because what’s the fun in knowing all of the surprises you’ll encounter in the Inscape Room? But the one thing we will say is this: it’s the most fun we’ve had in quite a long time. Oh, and one more thing…we did succeed…with literally one minute to spare. Talk about pressure!
 Can you escape bunker 652?

A sneak peek into the shelter–complete with rusty lockers, old oil drums, circuit boards and more!

Cedric, the mastermind. If you’re looking for something with a bit more adrenaline, apparently he organizes ‘James Bond’ types of simulations in the real world–complete with helicopter extractions! 

Our amazing team. We did it! With 1:05 left on the clock…phew!

Interested in booking an Inscape Room session? Groups of 2-7 people (ages 10 to 99) are recommended (we found that 4 was perfect!), the price is 125 CHF for the group and simulations are available in both English and French. Reservations are obligatory: via online at remoras.ch/idocens or over telephone at +41 79 881 89 73.
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Inscape Room Lausanne
Rue du Petit St-Jean 1, 1003 Lausanne
+41 79 881 89 73

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