Niagara Escapement – Easy Bake Coven [Review]

Double double players in trouble

Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Date Played: May 1, 2022

Team Size: 2-4; we recommend 2-3

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $26.55 CAD per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

When I first heard we were about to be captured by a witch and thrown into an oven, à la Grimm’s fairytale Hansel & Gretel, I thought the experience might be dark and somewhat scary. Instead, from the very first moments, we were immersed in a delightful storybook world, complete with a cute audio introduction that captured our imaginations and set the stage for a fun adventure. Even the name, Easy Bake Coven, sets a clever, light-hearted tone, which is carried throughout the escape game. 

The space was simple and uncluttered, almost sparse, with little to detract from the actual puzzles; some additional design details here and there would have enhanced the overall immersion even more. And yet, the game kept us fully engaged as we progressed from playful, tactical interactions early on to more nuanced, layered puzzles later in the experience. With smooth game flow and unique, creative puzzles that just “clicked” when you solved them, Easy Bake Coven was a delight.

A witch's cauldron on a fire with green liquid boiling in it.

There really is something for players of all ages and skill levels, a rarity in a family-friendly game. If you’re in the Niagara Falls area, you should absolutely stop by Niagara Escapement and play Easy Bake Coven.

Who is this for?

  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Fairy tale fanatics
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Whimsical, unique theme
  • Unusual setting
  • Nice puzzle variety that encourages fun interactions with the set

Story

We were wandering deep in the woods and stumbled upon an old shack. Before we knew it, we’d been captured by a witch and thrown into her oven! We needed to escape before she’d come back and turn up the heat…

A big red book with gold writing that reads, "Cooking with Children"

Setting

Easy Bake Coven took place in a witch’s kitchen, complete with a bubbling cauldron, giant oven, and curious ingredients waiting for just the right recipe. The set design was fanciful and creative. It encouraged exploration.

A cabinet of magical ingredients.

Gameplay

Niagara Escapement’s Easy Bake Coven was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Gameplay revolved around logic, observation, making connections, and puzzling.

Analysis

➕ A cute audio introduction at the start of the game set the mood for an approachable, light-hearted experience.

➕ The set was simple yet memorable, immersing us in an environment that was engaging and fun to interact with from the start.

➕ A smooth progression from basic to more complex puzzles allowed players of different experience levels to be engaged, challenged and rewarded at different stages of the game.

➖ A particularly charming puzzle early in the game was hard to hear and could have used a bit more volume.

➕ It was impressive to see simple components used in unique ways to create clever, unexpected solutions.

Tips For Visiting

  • There is a parking lot.

Book your hour with Niagara Escapement’s Easy Bake Coven, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Niagara Escapement provided media discounted tickets for this game.

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