Escape Room Niagara Falls
Escape Room Niagara Falls is located on Queen St in Niagara Falls Ontario. We were fortunate to catch them this time around as my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and decided to stop by on our way home to Toronto. We were confused at first because across Queen St there seemed to be two separate buildings and we walked into 4437 Queen Street instead of 4448. We were greeted by Gamemasters Matthew and Liliana and they whisked us away to the impressive entrance to the Castle. We were also fortunate enough to try out the Attic before it was retired.
Rooms Reviewed: The Attic (3-8), The Castle (3-8)
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 5.0 of 5.0 for the Attic and 4.5 for the Castle
The great thing about the Attic was in its simplicity. It was a wide space with cloths draped over many antique or old items and it had that dusty, old and creepy attic feel.
For the Castle it was a solid experience, but because of our experiences this week (with Roundabout and Escape from the 6) it raised our bar for expectations. The entrance to the Castle was impressive and I guess that may have set the tone for the rest of the room. Everything inbetween was a interesting mix of antique-like furniture, and cardboard boxes. It almost felt as if it was a fairytale pop-up book come to life (or if you’ve ever played Little Big Planet, you might have a better understanding of what i mean). Although because of the large spaces, we almost hoped for more things in the set design itself. Otherwise the room finishes strong.
For The Castle
Set Design/Theming – 2.0 (out of 2.5) – Overall a great job, but we feel the set design needed something more to get that perfect score.
Effort / Polish – 2.5 (out of 2.5) – No hanging wires, a simple and clean design.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0 for the Attic and 5.0 of 5.0 for the Castle
The Castle had a creative twist to the puzzles that was good in its simplicity and how well it fit the theme. I think most players will be impressed with one particular part of the room, but overall the Castle is well put together and fits the theme well.
The Attic didn’t really have any tech, and mainly relied on the various items in the room. There is nothing wrong with, (because of the theme) but we didn’t feel it was much different that alot of other escape rooms.
For The Attic here’s our score breakdown:
Inventive Tech – 1.0 (out of 2.5) – Fun elements in the room, but nothing out of the ordinary
Technical/Safety Issues – 2.5 (out of 2.5) – No tech issues.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0 with the Hint system, 4.0 of 5.0 without
The Castle was a fairly linear and straightforward experience. The Attic seemed to be a hybrid of both open and linear gameplay, but ties up nicely at the end. We would have to say the highlight is really the hint system. Unlike the Walkie talkie system we’ve become accustomed to, Gamemaster Liliana would monitor our progress and slip us a piece of paper everytime we seemed to be stuck. At times the puzzle flow seemed a bit disjointed (which is hard to confirm since we were only 2 people and its also possible we might have missed a clue here and there) but the hint system got us back on track. One thing we would definitely recommend is that both of these rooms are played with at least 3-4 players.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Gamemasters Matthew and Liliana were great. They were enthusiastic about their work and seem even more excited of projects/rooms to come. As we mentioned the Attic is being retired early June for a new room called Backstage. Backstage’s concept came from Gamemaster Matthew’s background in theatre and from the sounds of it looks to be another winning idea. Some of their other ideas (along with Operation: Queen) sound exciting, fresh and we definitely look forward to them.
The price is $25 / person plus tax, you also need a minimum of 3 players for their rooms. For the experience and area we feel it is priced appropriately (and definitely cheaper than hanging out in Clifton Hill).
Overall: Niagara Falls has been synonymous with a cross border pit stop or tourist trap (sure you can see the FALLS, but if you’ve seen it once you’ve seen it enough). Escape Room Niagara Falls with their unique ideas and great staff, has given us another reason to keep coming back.
For more information check out:
4448/4437 Queen Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario