Mystery Manila is one of the first real-life escape room games that have recently launched here. They have several challenges to choose from, each with their own theme.
I was lucky enough to be a win one of the free games they raffled off on one of their Facebook promotions. I, along with four of my friends, won a free game to their new challenge, the Ticking Time Bomb.
From their website:
“You are all part of Metro Manila’s elite bomb squad and have been called to disarm a ticking time bomb placed by a deranged psychopath at the heart of the city. To solve the mystery, you may need to go outside Mystery Manila and explore the nearby areas by foot to look for important clues. You have 90 minutes to disarm the bomb before it explodes.
For this challenge, players are given 90 minutes to solve the mystery. If the group manages to solve it in 45 minutes or less, each member gets a free shirt. If they manage to solve it in 90 minutes or less, each member gets a pen instead.
Be warned that the Ticking Time Bomb (TTB) is not an escape room game, unlike their two other rooms, the Chained Chamber and Justice for Jamila. TTB is an Amazing Race-esque experience. If you’re looking for an escape room experience, you’re probably better off trying one of the other challenges. Also, TTB requires some outdoor legwork, so prepare yourself accordingly.
TTB is actually an exciting experience, requiring the team to work together to look for clues and solve problems. You get to run around the nearby areas and feel like a detective. The Mystery Manila team was very accommodating. Unlike the other rooms, TTB doesn’t involve a Game Master in the experience, so it feels more real.
How did we do?
We just missed winning a shirt! 😦 We got a pen each instead.
Bottomline: The Ticking Time Bomb is an exciting outdoor experience. To me, though, if I had to pay 400 pesos or so, I would probably pick one of the other rooms, which have more of a different mystery factor. I would definitely come back to Mystery Manila to try one of their other rooms.