The Ultimate Escape -The Curiosity Shoppe
The Ultimate Escape is located in a strip plaza in Waterloo, Ontario. It was the first room of our Kitchener/Waterloo trip with the other #REDivas (Errol, Manda) and our special guest. The GM’s were great to chat with and very friendly. They brought us into a briefing room for a quick video and then we were on our way.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 2.5 of 5.0
The first impressions of the room were a bit flat. There were many random objects in the room that linked directly with puzzles, but the room felt very random. To be fair to the GMs, most of our Kitchener/Waterloo Trip was full of experiences like this, so on a comparative basis it was a good experience.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 3.0 of 5.0
The room required using a number of tools to solve the puzzles. Thankfully instructions were always provided. In a low-tech approach (and because we haven’t encountered half of the tools before) it was still fun. There was one particular (simple) mechanic that highly impressed Errol (to the point he was shouting out in glee). Even though the tech was simple, it was still fun to use even though it didn’t contribute to the story.
Thankfully we had no tech issues in the room.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 4.0 of 5.0
A good amount of puzzles were process based and reliant on tool usage. We never found the puzzle too difficult, but because of lack of direction at the start we needed a hint. Other than the starting hiccup, the room does provide enough direction and is simple enough that it does not require major logic leaps.
It would have been nice if there were puzzles that were tied to the story, however we weren’t frustrated, so that was more important.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The Gamemasters at Ultimate Escape seemed very nice and willing to chat. We were tired from our drive over so we didn’t get a chance to chat for long.
The price scales differently depending on how many people you bring, however in our case we used a groupon.
Overall: The Curiosity Shoppe was a simple yet fun game. If you’re looking for something resembling a puzzle room, you can’t go wrong with this room.
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