Secret City Adventures – The Red Room
The Red Room was located in East Chinatown, Downtown Toronto. We had heard alot about this room (which made its way around the world since it’s a SCRAP room) so we decided to try it ourselves. Joining us was Team Kayphen, sBlung, and the original diva.
Long story short: You are put in a (very bare) red room, find your way out. Oh and you only have 30 minutes to do it.
Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: A pretty bare room, with not much to tell about it
– The room is as bare and simple as they come.
– no real theme, you just need to escape
Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: The mechanic was fun to see, but overtime it was more annoying than fun.
+ all the tech worked
+ One very interesting and unique mechanic, until it was… tiresome
Intuitive: Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary: Hit and miss, but a big miss on the final puzzle (as always)
+ The hint system involved a GM that was with you at all time, they seldom gave clues
+ the puzzles didn’t require language
– the final puzzle had a few ambiguities to it (like most SCRAP games)
– 30 minutes was short for this room, it could have been a 45 minute room.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The GM was friendly, but not so helpful until the last few minutes. It was discouraging to find out that we were able to “buy more time” at the end, which it felt the game was leaning towards.
The price was $20 + HST / person for a 30 min room. Which was overpriced in our point of view. It was even worse when they told us we could “pay for more time” (as we mentioned a few times now).
Overall: Thankfully this room isn’t around anymore, other than its unique mechanic I wouldn’t recommend this room.
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