A dark story, magnificently staged, with some serious consequences.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date played: May 1, 2016
Team size: they recommend 4-8; we recommend 4-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $25 per ticket
Story & setting
We were a team of detectives tracking a serial killer before he reached his next victim.
The setting was beautifully foreboding, and deliberately crafted. It was well designed, solid, and polished. The atmosphere expertly sidestepped that raw vibe of many murder-themed escape rooms that is off-putting to some players, while still maintaining a creepy feel.
Additionally, Crossroads included a crossroads decision game mechanism that elevated the drama of the story.
The puzzles unfolded linearly. At any given point in time, there wasn’t enough to keep a full and experienced team occupied simultaneously.
That said, Crossroads relied heavily on indexing puzzles. Throughout the game, these varied in complexity. Newer players will find additional minds beneficial for holding and sorting this type of information.
As implied by the name Crossroads, we had to make a choice. Our team’s choice had consequences for both the story arc and the difficulty of the puzzles. This feature set the game apart from the standard room escape where are rarely consequences for player decisions.
Escape Games Canada designed some pretty cool tech to power this game.
The puzzles in Crossroads weren’t particularly mind-bending. The game was far more about the experience. This could be a feature or a bug depending upon your perspective.
Early in the game, a combination lock failed.* We spent a lot of time unable to solve anything else because our critical puzzle jammed. We called for a hint to confirm that the lock was dead. The time was credited, but our game master should have been able to figure out what was happening before we did.
*Escape Games Canada let David punish the offending lock with bolt cutters (and proper safety gear). This put a largely positive spin on a disappointment.
Should I play Escape Games Canada’s Crossroads?
Escape Games Canada targets an adult audience. Crossroads’ setting and story was intense and dramatic. The choice further complicated the disturbing plot.
Because of the style of puzzle design, newer players may prefer to play this game with a larger team. Because of the linear flow, this will be a smaller team game for more experienced players.
Bring the right number of players with the right sentiments and you’ll have a great time.
Book your hour with Escape Games Canada’s Crossroads, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.