Are you smart – and strong – enough to tackle Jumble, the world’s first urban maze? We thought so…

We should have known that Jumble was no ordinary escape game – there were kneepads for sale at the entrance.

Taking over the enormous Change Initiative space in Al Barsha on Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumble combines the element of logic and puzzle solving that we’re used to from other escape rooms in the city, and throws in an extra dose of physical exercise and exertion.

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Described as an ‘unconventional gaming experience’ Jumble challenges your wits, lateral thinking, stamina, agility – and maybe even your relationships. If you’re anything like team What’s On, you’ll be seething with frustration at your inability to get through the simplest of tasks.

Teams of three to six people must work through the series of baffling rooms (there are 12 in total to choose from and over 100 puzzles to try). You’ll find yourselves crawling through tunnels, scavenging for clues, and scratching your head at blank walls, while a timer counts down to your doom. Don’t expect much help from the staff either – they practically go out of their way to make you fail.

Jumble is a refreshing update to the escape room formula, but almost unbearably frustrating. Never have six ‘grown ups’ felt more out of their depths. We’ll return when we regain our pride.

Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs149 for two-hour pass, Dhs199 for four hour pass. Tel: (800) 586253.

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