The Crux Niagara – Dead Air
The Crux (Niagara) is located in Downtown Niagara on Victoria Ave, just 5-10 minutes from the touristy parts of Niagara. It was our first visit to the Crux in Niagara. We went with the other Divas (Errol and Manda), but only Manda joined us for this room. One of the impressive things about the Crux Niagara is the amount of space and variety of boardgames. If we had a few hours we could easily hang out there for a day.
Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: A unique theme with a very authentic feel.
+ The set design is reminiscent of an 80’s/90’s rock station.
+ A fun and unique theme.
+ Great background music that plays with the intensity of the room
+ Puzzles intertwined with the set that didn’t leave any hanging “WHYs”
Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: Creative uses for tech, that makes sense for the room
+ Tech that was used for environmental and puzzle purposes
+ Everything worked, and worked well
Intuitive: Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary: Challenging, yet fair. The holy grail for ER Enthusiasts
+ Responsive Hint system: GM hints over an audio system
+ A room that challenged 3 enthusiasts, but the puzzle design was fair
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Gamemaster Rob is a friendly guy, who is passionate about game design. After playing his other rooms and interviewing him (which you can catch here), you can tell he’s the ideal person to be designing rooms.
The price varies depending on how many people you bring, you can read about it here.
Overall: Dead Air is probably one of the rare games we can say is challenging, yet fair. Combine that with a unique theme, great set design and awesome tech, this room is a MUST TRY for any escape room enthusiast.
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