October 30

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Escape Maze – The Shaft (2017)

We’ve fast-tracked this review (we’re in a serious backlog) to share with you this great room before it closes (the Shaft is normally open for 1 day a month for the year, but this year they are headed a different direction.. see more below).

“The Shaft” is located in the basement of the Escape Maze barn.  Every year the Escape Maze team redesigns the Shaft into something new.  You can see our review of the first version of the Shaft here.  (our second one will appear here eventually).


Long story short: You are a team of paranormal investigators going to explore the Shaft because of reports of disappearing people.

*Small spoilers in the review*

Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: If you are a fan of horror/suspense you won’t be disappointed.

+ A massive space to explore with amazing and gritty set design.
+ A clear and concise story that builds as you progress through the room
+ Top notch actor interaction
+ Impressive pre-game introductions and post-game finale that rank in our top 5

Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?  Did it enhance the experience?
Summary: Flawlessly used high/low tech throughout the room.  

+ Great uses of electronic and mechanical tech that help build suspense
+ Environmental tech was well used for smoke and mirror techniques
+ No tech issues

Intuitive:  Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary:  Smooth as silk gameplay with great interaction opportunities.

+ Straightforward puzzles
+ The hint system is a combination of in-game actors and “the ghosts”
+ we completed the entire experience with time to spare
+ Great puzzle tie-ins with the story, that brought a cohesive experience
+ after a time limit they allow you to progress regardless.

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

The Escape Maze team did a wonderful job and in this iteration of the Shaft they even put on some personas to further the immersion.  The unfortunate thing is, it won’t be around for long.  The Escape Maze team has decided to take it down after the halloween season, so space is extremely limited.  We heard they may take special booking (large groups over 20 people) so you might want to email them at Fun@escapemaze.com

The price per person was $28 per person and it’s well worth the experience.

Overall:

The Shaft continues to represent a top-tier escape room experience.  The only downside is it’s limited availability, so make sure you catch it before it’s gone forever.

For more information check out:

www.escapemaze.com

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