Mr. X -- Escape Room Game and Puzzle House

Mr. X -- Escape Room Game and Puzzle House

Mr. X -- Escape Room Game and Puzzle House
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Antonella V
18 contributions
English option available. We were 4 and they did not tell us we needed to reserve the entire room of 6 in order to have the English room. Fortunately , they helped us and we got the entire room for us 4. It was fun and , mostly at the beginning , challenging.
Written October 6, 2020
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7even7even7even
London, UK22 contributions
Family
So I've played all kinds of Escape Rooms. Mr X is no doubt a premier provider of an Escape Room. played the book of bright and it must have been at least 800 square feet so there's plenty of room for everyone. They have spared no expense in making this attraction a very very premium attraction. They have a bar as well and they have a manager that speaks English. Their staff seem to be able to communicate what needs to be done in multiple languages!

If you do visit shanghai, there are many other places to visit. If you do have a moment at night with your mates, I'd recommend them. Though, I wouldn't go out of your way to visit this place only because there are so many other attractions in Shanghai.
Written February 25, 2015
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BabyPanda81
Singapore73 contributions
Business
We went for teambuilding session @ MR X and all of us love it. All of us worked together to try and solve the mystery which creates team bonding and team work. Something different from the usual team building activities.
Written March 3, 2015
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Benjamin K
Paris, France4 contributions
Friends
Poor explanations, the guy only gave us a paper with a chinenglish story that doesn't put you in the game at all..
The room itself was not logical at all in terms of enigmas.. very frustrating
VERY DANGEROUS - one person of our team has been electrocuted while he was trying to search for clues... with 2 electric wires that were naked
Written October 12, 2017
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eggbomb
shanghai95 contributions
Friends
I've done the Mr. X mystery house a number of times, and have loved each adventure. Some of the puzzles were insanely hard and some surprisingly easy - but you never know which is which and it keeps you guessing. This is a great alternative to your standard night out for food and drinks or a movie - one that keeps you thinking and moving at the same time.
Written February 24, 2015
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caitbusscher
Winter Garden, FL239 contributions
Friends
If you haven't done an escape room, then you definitely need to get started—and Mr. X is an excellent breeding ground for escape room obsession. Mr. X. rivals escape rooms we have done in Orlando in terms of immersion and storytelling. My husband and I have done at least 20 escape rooms, and coming from a world tourist destination, we weren't sure if Mr. X would live up to our high expectations. I can tell you that we love Mr. X and have done almost every room. While you can definitely see some wear and tear in the rooms, the production quality and creativity is great. Below, I will individually review the rooms (without giving anything away) that we have completed.

Before you begin, an employee will hand you a laminated sheet of paper with the room’s story and rules. Some of the English translations are a little difficult to comprehend (like in The Lost Symbols room), but ultimately the most important information to get off of the sheet is “don’t break anything” and “you get one hint” if you are stuck. I have found that if you are really stuck, they will provide additional hints if you ask. If you are an escape room purist, I respect that you may not want to ask for hints—but in my experiences, we have always received 3 hints and there are usually multiple rooms to explore. So after dropping quite a bit of money to play, I am not above asking for a couple additional hints if it allows me to experience the rest of the rooms. With that said, the "hint-giving" is a little clunkier than what you might be used to from other escape rooms. Typically, rooms have dedicated employees observing the players at all times, and they communicate via speaker. At Mr. X., it seems one employee observes multiple rooms. Therefore, when you ask for a hint, you need to wait for someone to notice you need help, enter the room, figure out where you are stuck, and give you a hand. Oh, and they also don’t speak English. So it does take a little bit of time. And that one hour clock is always ticking.

Area 51--This was our first escape room at Mr. X. Area 51 is a solid room with some unique elements. The first 20 minutes proved difficult, and we had to use a hint sooner than we would have liked, something I have heard echoed from a few other people. The room is technology-driven and requires 4 people to play. If you have a mixed group--escape room vets and newbies, Area 51 is a great option. It took us the full hour (plus a few minutes over) to complete, with a few hints sprinkled in. After completing some of the other rooms, this one seems less impressive to me in retrospect, but there is a definite "coolness" factor.

The Lost Symbols—This room was my favorite at Mr. X! The Lost Symbols requires team work to complete many of the clues. While the clues weren't as difficult as other rooms, some did require physical prowess (but don’t worry, it doesn’t require athleticism). We actually didn’t need to use any hints until the very end, and we finished in a record 40 minutes. This room is fantastic because it is fast moving and we never had the “stumped slump” where you get stuck on one element for a long time.

Alice In Wonderland—This room is DIFFICULT. And, at least in my opinion, not in a fun way. We spent almost the entire hour in the very first portion, completely confused, even after asking for multiple hints. Most escape rooms have a variety of clues catering to different strengths. However, the Alice room focuses heavily on riddles and word-play. Unlike the Lost Symbols, where we were constantly on the move, we felt stuck and a little frustrated in Alice. I also felt underwhelmed with the theming and production quality, especially after the level I have come to expect at Mr. X. There is one very cool part of the Alice room (if you advance far enough), but it only accounts for about 10% of the experience. This room is great if you love riddles (though the English translations were also a little difficult to understand) and a real challenge. *Special note—if you are squeamish about walking around barefoot, wear socks for this room. You will be asked to remove your shoes before entering.

Prison Break—This was another one of my favorites! Prison Break is very themed and very physical. It might be possible with two people, but four may be better. If you do not like enclosed spaces, this may not be for you, although I am not a huge fan and I was fine. Don’t wear a dress or anything too nice. If you only do one room, I might recommend this one.

We have yet to complete the final room at Mr. X., but I hear it is the easiest and a little spooky (and I love spooky things!). I will let you know my thoughts once I do!
Written September 27, 2017
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore5,010 contributions
Friends
Seven of us tried the Book of Bright in room 7 yesterday afternoon. It was a fun experience, though rather frustrating as it was a mid-difficulty level. We only got about half-way through as we got distracted halfway by one of the tasks.

Usual stints are for an hour, and you are given one 'help' pass, as well as three torchlights. They have around 8 - 9 scenarios, including Area 51, the popular Prison Break (seems to be the easiest from what the staff said), and Book of Dark.

There is a lounge where you can meet your team members ahead, and they also serve coffee, tea and soft drinks there. Do check out the decor when you are done as some of it is really quirky and interesting.

Be forewarned you will not be able to bring your handphones, water, backpacks etc into the room, so leave your valuables at home.

It is advisable to book in advance as the place can be packed. We booked directly at the shop a week ahead, though you can also book online via damai.com though only on the Chinese website - for some reason, it does not appear on the English version. Prices start from 100 rmb on weekdays and 120 on weekends and public holidays. We also saw a few groups doing some rooms as team building exercises, and they also seemed to have had loads of fun.
Written September 4, 2015
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Albert Yau
Hong Kong, China59 contributions
Friends
Mr. X is well know and also been around for some time. Well experience. Great decor. Large arena with many rooms. Some gadgets and props needs repairing. English is sufficent for non native players. Book online to secure your slot.
Written November 14, 2019
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Minmin
Ban Donnoun, Laos93 contributions
Couples
See, I don’t speak any Chinese at all but my friend who went with me could ( a little ).
We were two so they suggested us Alice in wonderland room.
There is a lot of theme to choose.
The game was nice, we enjoyed it eventho we did not make it to the end.
They will come to stop you when your time is up and you cannot prolong your time since somebody else is queuing to play too.
Staffs are very accommodating and helpful.
Tho their english isn’t so good when you ask for help..
There is english and chinese written clues but when it comes to sound and effect—— errthing is in Chinese..
Maybe could you just add Englishhh speaking sound to the game, IT WOULD BE SOO HELPFULLLLL.

Soo far, I will return with more friends hoping I will have something in english..
Written May 15, 2018
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Trace
New York City, NY30 contributions
Friends
My friends and I studied abroad in Shanghai for a couple months (June 2016- July 2016) and this place was probably our favorite go-to place for a few hours of fun after class! There were only 5 rooms available for completion during that time, but we visited around 8 times to complete some rooms that took two tries!

First off, the service was really impressive- we had some trouble booking rooms but the staff are super hardworking and tried their best to work with us! Two of us didn't speak Mandarin so it was difficult at first, but they had staff that spoke English and it made the overall experience so much better.

Then, I want to emphasize how amazing the production quality was- in America, all the escape rooms I've done were pretty small compared to the size and quality of Mr.X's rooms; every single room we did was incredible in terms of the variety of puzzles and the amount of effort it took for us to complete each room( climbing, crawling, it was like a workout!) It really did feel so real to us and that made the experience so memorable!

Quick review of the rooms that we did/completed:
>Mission 6(Area 51)- fun and had really cool technology, but wasn't a favorite because it was catered more towards kids

>Mission 9 (Alcatraz)- the first game we did at Mr.X and was one of the most ENGAGING games; don't do this one if you're lazy and don't want to put in physical work!!

>Silent Hill Room- INSANE!! I had played the game demo a while back but this game room is basically a replica of the game- there's less revolving around the escape and more around the story and scare aspect; DO NOT do this one if you're easily frightened! (my friends and I loved this because it was super scary and helped us bond a lot, but we would 100% not do this again because it was so scary)
Note: Nothing will touch you or grab you or anything- if you get scared, it's all mental/psychological!! (the only thing that kept us going in that game LOL)

>Zodiac/Astrology- AMAZING room ! Super fun and the rooms were really impressive; the challenges were difficult but very doable (I felt like I was in an action movie for some of these challenges!!)
Con: Does require some prior knowledge to the zodiac signs

>Alice in Wonderland- the hardest room and the only one we were unable to escape from! It was also the most beautiful Escape room and the most intricate one that we've done!
Con: a lot of things are lost in translation with this room as the voices that guided the story spoke Mandarin so it was hard for me to constantly translate word for word what they were saying to my friends

Overall, if you're visiting Shanghai and don't want to go out drinking or clubbing for a night, COME HERE FOR A GREAT TIME :) You might even make some friends if you come with a small group and get paired with another group to play!
Note: I think they had a Tuesday Girls' Night deal going on where girls paid half the price for a ticket!! (I don't know if this is still an ongoing deal but it sure brought us back on Tuesdays!!)

Don't let the language barrier stop you from coming here- they have English versions of the games and the workers there will always try their best to accommodate to you!
Written August 22, 2017
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