Adventure Rooms – The Original Adventure
Adventure Rooms Canada is located in a old building right near some railway tracks in Kitchener. It was our second room of the day for our Kitchener / Waterloo trip with the other Divas Errol, Manda and our special guest. We’ve been meaning to visit their facility for a while (as part of an escape bucket list), since they have THE FIRST escape room in Ontario. The interesting thing about their facility is they won’t allow you in if you are early, you are only allowed in AT your scheduled time. We also had to read our own rules, which Errol did thankfully.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : N/A of 5.0
We have played “The Missing Finger” in their Niagara location and were reminded that none of their games actually have a theme. This game, being its predecessor was no exception. Again, because there was no backstory this room was more like a puzzle room.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 3.0 of 5.0
The room required us using a number of tools to solve the puzzles. In the timeline of things, we had done this after the Ultimate Escape so this felt redundant. However for a first time player they may find the tools were used cleverly. Tech lovers won’t have much to chew on though.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0
There were a few instances where you need to make an awkward logical leap. There were a few red herrings that could have been addressed if the room provided more direction (especially when we came across the same digit locks). When we approached the final part, it wasn’t clear that we could exit. Thankfully there was a GM on the other side to confirm we completed the room.
The hint system uses encoded text in the room.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The Gamemasters were friendly, but definitely had some odd practices (like making us read out own rules).
The price scales differently depending on how many people you bring. For example $23 for 2 players, $21 for 3-5 players and $20 for 6 and more (plus tax).
Overall: I can confidently say, if we had played the Original Adventure as our first room, we would have thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately it doesn’t measure up to some of the great games out there today, instead we’re glad to have crossed it off our bucket list of escapes.
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