Panic Factory – Deadly Grounds
Panic Factory is located in Courtice Ontario, in a strip plaza on King St. This was our third outing and we were determined to try all of their rooms in one go. This time we went with Team Freeing, who thankfully had some time to escape with us.
Long story short: You went out into the woods looking for a particular cabin. It turns out you already walked into it and are now trapped.
**We’ve been in this physical space before while doing Feed the Beast and Krampus.
Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: Creepy done right
+ The room feels ‘cabin’ appropriate and even has a fireplace (seen in Krampus)
+ Like all their rooms, it uses environmental effects to further enhance the creepiness of the room
Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: A small room, but jam packed with effective tech
+ The room has 2 surprise uses of tech, which were well executed
+ We had no tech hiccups
Intuitive: Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary: A polished game, but definitely not one of their easier ones.
+ Straightforward and provided enough direction
+ We finished the room close to the time limit, this is definitely one of their harder rooms
+ The hint system requires you to yell for help, which an ominous voice (GM) will reply.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Full disclosure, since our previous visit we’ve worked with Rick and Nay (GM’s Nick and Ray) on Terminus. On top of their superb building and tech skills, they are great people that really know their stuff. This room is a great example of the simple, yet effective magic they put in every room.
The price you can find on their website. In this case we didn’t pay for this room.
Overall: It was surprising that Deadly grounds was the same space used for their previous pop-ups, even so this room is easily our favourite at Panic Factory. It really feels like an accumulation of their experience as designers. Don’t be fooled by its size, the room packs alot of punch.
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