OAKDEN couple Richard and Stella Ingram hope their ambitious 33-room adventure maze will unlock the door to small-business success in Adelaide’s northeast.
Labyrinth escape rooms will open in December on North East Rd at Klemzig after spending eight months building the venue.
“There are 33 themed rooms in total and a maze of hallways joining all the rooms together,” Mr Ingram said, before listing some of the themes.
“Egyptian, cave, cabin, kitchen, study, dungeon, graveyard and mad scientist; just to name a few,” he said.
Mrs Ingram said each room might take 10-15 minutes to complete but guests will have a full hour in the maze.
The rooms will feature puzzles and games with the ultimate goal of finding the sequence that opens the exit door.
But Mrs Ingram said this will be a little bit different to other escape rooms around the country.
“We’ve never actually done an escape room ourselves,” she said.
“We don’t have comparison or copies so it’s all our own ideas of what we find interesting and what others would find interesting.
“We came up with the idea in January and it’s one of these things where we decided to just go for it.”
So she quit her job as a payroll officer and Mr Ingram quit his job in electronics.
“Sometimes we question what we’re doing because it’s very out there and very time consuming and costs a lot of money,” Mrs Ingram said.
But the hard work is starting to pay off, with the maze’s second-storey extension complete and half the rooms ready to go.
Mr Ingram said they wanted to start the business to fill a gap in entertainment options in the area.
“We live northeast of the city and felt like this side of town is lacking healthy, fun entertainment,” he said.
Mr Ingram’s background in electronics and automation work has allowed him to be heavily involved in the programming behind each themed room.
“We are doing our best to make each room look as authentic as possible,” he said.
Labyrinth is expected to open in December.