Escape Maze – The Shaft (2016)
Escape Maze is located in Peterborough Ontario on farmland. During the Summer they hosted an Escape Maze Enthusiast Day, which had a flat rate where you could play ALL THEIR ROOMS in a single day (so how could we refuse). In our final room of the day we did it with Team Freeing and E4G, which was overkill.
Long story short: You are investors/investigators looking a mine shaft and suddenly you’re locked in. You don’t need to finish all the puzzles to experience the room, each room is timed and will push you forward regardless.
Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: It felt like a rollercoaster in escape room form.
+ Impressive set design, every part of the experience was unique and creepy
+ Great, well-timed environmental effects
Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: Good tech to support this escape/haunt – emphasis on haunt
+ The room uses many mechanical devices really well, to enhance the environment
+ One impressive piece of tech was used as a part of a ‘cutscene’
Intuitive: Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary: No complaints about the puzzle design.
+ The puzzles were straightforward and provided enough direction
+ The puzzles played well with the story.
+ Hints may be given at random, however you progress either way after a set amount of time
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The GMs were fantastic as always, probably some of the friendliest people we’ve come across in 3 years of escaping.
The price you can find on their website.
Overall: The Shaft continues to be synonymous with a great escape. The only unfortunate thing about it is the limited run. If you have the opportunity to try any of the Shaft iterations, leap at it.
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