September 10

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Escape London – Apocalypse

Escape London is located on what appears to be a small house on a hill, in London Ontario.  Apocalypse was supposed to be our final room of the trip (which we ended up sneaking another one in) along with our friends Errol and Manda (from ERA) and a special guest.  We were recommended to try Apocalypse from a local gamer/puzzler Andrew Parr who also recommended Gemini at Exodus for us.  Gamemaster Shawn greeted us and introduced us to Gamemaster Emily as well.  After we were done with all the high-fives and payment, they brought us into the Apocalypse.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.5 of 5.0

The Apocalypse throws you in a small office and it transitions into a bunker later on.  The office was well decorated and has props that fuel that apocalyptic paranoia (that fits the theme well).  The bunker felt slightly underwhelming (I guess we were hoping for more props) but both were well furnished and fit the theme well.  Otherwise as Apocalyptic themes go, it was good experience.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

The Apocalypse has some interesting elements in the room that are fun and engaging.   One particular component though felt as if the ceiling was coming down around it, but apparently the Apocalypse will be retired soon.  Otherwise like Lost the room is pretty simple and have any inventive or unique things.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  3.5 of 5.0

The puzzles were hit and miss.  There were a few puzzles that needed more direction to get to the next puzzle.  Luckily GM Shawn is readily available, but we feel that the puzzles need some tweaking.  One puzzle also required some particular (assumed) knowledge, which we were lucky to have an expert in the field to fill in that gap.

Hints are given via a walkie-talkie and we had no issues with it.

Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?

The GMs Shawn and Emily were great to meet.  They seem very enthusiastic about their venue and make a great team.

The price was $25 / person.  which for London was a good experience.

Overall:  
Apocalypse was an interesting and fun room.  With a bit of puzzle polish, it could be a great room.

For more information check out:

http://www.escape-canada.com/
36 York Street
London, ON
(519) 673-1576

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