Escape rooms are one of the best group activities you can do without getting out of the city. Currently, there are a handful of escape rooms in Manila, one of which is i-Detective Sleuth Game in Festival Mall, Alabang.
i-Detective Sleuth Games is located at the 3rd level of Festival Mall. Inside, you can find a lounge area where customers can wait, a leaderboard display, and a photo corner which is used after the game.
i-Detective features 5 rooms with varying difficulty levels.
The difference between i-Detective Sleuth Games and other escape rooms is that it is less scary, so it’s suitable even for children. That saying, don’t expect it to be easy! Each room offers several *mentally straining* challenges and puzzles to solve.
My experience at i-Detective
I’m a newbie at escape rooms, although I have watched the Escape Room movie which pretty much explains how the game is played.
I came here with several other bloggers. First, we decided which room we’d like to try (The Creepy Carnival) and a staff prepped us on what to expect inside.
Basically, these are the mechanics of the game:
- A group of players will enter an escape room of their choice. The goal is to find a killer and/or escape the room within the time limit of 45 minutes.
- No cellphones are allowed inside. Bags and other items will be deposited in a safe locker.
- The group will be given 4 tokens, which can be used to ask for clues via a walkie-talkie.
- The group will also be given items for use, including a flashlight, night vision flashlight, compass and magnifying glass.
- Winners get bragging rights! Competitive players may also try to beat the records to be included in the Top 10 Leaderboard for each room.
Unfortunately, cameras and phones are not allowed inside the game to keep the surprise for future guests, so you will have to rely on my storytelling from here onwards.
We entered inside the room for The Creepy Carnival. A short video explained the backstory and our time started. Initially, everyone of us were unsure of what to do and we were moving and touching things awkwardly, but after a while we got braver as the time continued ticking.
There’s a certain flow to an escape room that you’ll understand once you’re in the game. The first thing you need to do is find the initial clue(s) which you will need to solve a challenge, which will then lead to the next clue and so on until you get to the exit door.
The concept was fun and challenging. The puzzles vary and there is actually more than one area to explore per theme. The important thing is to keep calm and focused.
I had a great time and I didn’t notice the time passing, even though to be honest I didn’t get to help much. Mainly I just looked at corners and examined items closely while the rest got to actual solving of the puzzles. In my defense, it’s a matter of having too many people in a team — some will naturally take lead and one or two will have nothing much on their plate. (Hence, I recommend forming a team of 4-5 people, and not more.)
We solved most of the puzzles, but there were one or two which were done with lucky guesses.
We got out of The Creepy Carnival with 11 min 50 sec to spare. Whoopee!
Here you can see our proud faces.
We tried a second room (The Cabin in the Woods), which is easier than The Creepy Festival. We started faster in this game since we already know what to do, but alas, we didn’t make it. We were figuring out the last puzzle when the buzzer sounded. Some people would be frustrated with this almost-win, but I just had too much fun to care.
Overall, I loved the escape room experience at i-Detective. It’s a novelty for those who want something fun to do in the city and those looking for a group activity. I recommend it to friends and families and even the occasional solo player. It’s also a good activity for teambuildings!
Kudos also to the staff and the marketing manager for the warm welcome and assistance.
About i-Detective Sleuth Games
i-Detective Sleuth Games is located at Level 3, Festival Mall Expansion Wing (across the new cinema).
- Daily 10AM – 9PM
Last schedule is 8PM and ends sat 8:45PM.
Rates are updated (as of December 2019):
- Monday to Thursday: P300 per head
- Friday to Sunday: P500 per head for 2-3 players / P450 per head for 4-5 players / P400 per head for 6 players
i-Detective is suitable for all ages. Players below 13 years of age should be supervised by an adult.
Online reservations and walk-ins are available. For online reservations, make sure to arrive 15 minutes before your schedule.
i-Detective is also available for teambuildings, onsite or on-the-go.
Currently, i-Detective features 5 escape rooms:
- The Abandoned School: Difficulty 3/5
- The Creepy Carnival: Difficulty 3.5/5
- The Hidden Museum: Difficulty 4/5
- The Cabin in the Woods: Difficulty 4/5
- The Mysterious Castle: Difficulty 5/5
If it’s your first time, I recommend starting with The Creepy Carnival or The Abandoned School first which will ease you into the game.
Reminders and tips
- Be careful when handling the items inside the escape room.
For inquiries or reservation, you may contact i-Detective Sleuth Games: Facebook
Disclaimer: Thanks i-Detective Sleuth Games for inviting me! As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you tried the i-Detective escape room in Alabang? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!
Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).