Alpha Escape – Pharaoh’s Gloom

Alpha Escape is located in Newmarket as a single unit in a strip plaza.  It was our second visit to the escape after a pretty decent time with “Check-Inn Only”.  We had with us the #REDivas + emspace with us.  We heard this was a pitch black room so we were interested to try it.

Long story short: You are stuck in a Pharaoh’s tomb that is completely in the dark…

Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: The designers weighed heavily on the theme being dark rather than an egyptian tomb 

+ unique theme combination.
+ The room was pitch black, you need to rely on your other senses.
– Even though it was dark, the objects felt out of place for this sort of theme.
– The immersion was… wacky. Voice overs and cues were cartoony which you could argue lightened the mood.  However we felt it didn’t fit the theme.
– the second half of the game was a bit underwhelming

Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: The room didn’t have any major hiccups

+ No tech hiccups that we noticed, but one questionable puzzle
+ intuitive gameplay components that fit well for the dark theme

Intuitive:  Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary:  Straightforward game with no complaints.

+ An in-game indication for how many hints you’ve used
+ The game was easy enough that we didn’t need any hints, we ended up getting the record for the room.
+ the game was mostly task-based and intuitive
+ heavily relies on communication and teamwork

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

The GM were friendly and excited to talk about their rooms.  We didn’t chat much but it was your standard experience.

Overall:  The Pharaoh’s Gloom was a bit campy for our tastes.  I don’t feel egypt was a good mix with their dark themed room, but it was unique to our 300+ experiences.  I would put this on the “bored on a Sunday afternoon” list of things to do.

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www.aescape.ca

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