When I got the invite to experience Hint Hunt. I was initially not sure if I wanted to go. It was from a new PR company and it talks about escaping the norm and getting locked into a room with strangers and trying to get out! Now look… if you’re a little bit weirder than I am, you might actually be intrigued. But I watched all the SAW movies and getting locked up in a room trying to escape from a killer is what was playing over in my mind the entire time.
To make a long story short, call me brave, or call me stupid… but I decided to go and try it out! They have a few branches and I got to experience the one in Illovo, Gauteng.
Hint Hunt originally started overseas and the South African founders thought it would be an amazing experience in South Africa and I am certainly very excited about it. It challenges you intellectually and I’m sure you’ve also played it out in your mind, if you were ever kidnapped, if you were savvy enough to escape and win your freedom.
Let’s cut to the fun bits…
We were divided into three groups and literally locked in a room. There are also different themes and we were in the one, where it’s like a private investigator type setting where a ‘murder’ occurred. The figure of a person was taped to the floor and everything. I think we had a quick start and found little clues within the room. In the end… we were about a few minutes away from actually escaping when our time ran out.
Needless to say I was pretty bummed that we didn’t escape on our own, but our guide showed us just how close we actually were to getting out. While we were in the room, we could hear the echoes and cheers from the other teams who were also reaching milestones throughout the process. Which inspired us to push even further with each cheer.
The success rate of the actual rooms we all got to experience was only about 40% so we are all pretty chaffed with ourselves for getting so close.
It is honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! I wanted to try again immediately when the room was unlocked for us. But there was more fun in store for all of us.
We had some snacks and drinks and then played a few nerve-wrecking rounds of Minute-To-Win-It and I haven’t laughed so hard, as I did with the challenges. It was fun for everyone and you could certainly pick up who the competitive ones were or those ones who you should probably not play 30Seconds with LOL
Overall I had an absolute blast and I even managed to record some clips from my amazing time at the Hint Hunt studio in Illovo. If you would like to check it out, click HERE.