Crypto Escape Rooms – The Lost Shipwreck [Review]

A tale of a bird and his pirate

Location: Newmarket, Ontario Canada

Date Played: May 2, 2022

Team Size: 4-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $30.98 CAD per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The painstaking craftsmanship that went into the creation of Crypto Escape Rooms’ The Lost Shipwreck was highly evident. We were delighted to explore it.

The detail-oriented nature of the set, including aspects of the ship itself, were revealed throughout the storyline in dramatic and fitting flourishes alongside natural game flow progression. This atmospheric tone also carried over into the accompanying lighting for the space, setting the mood while still enabling us to clearly see the tasks at hand.

An adorable parrot in a tri-corner hat, with an artificial win made of wood, rope, and cloth.

We appreciated the detail of character assigned to the pirate; however, momentum suffered in the final puzzle. While the multiple iterations required to assemble the final solution narratively made sense, in practice this sequence struggled to hit the high note necessary to be the capstone for the experience.

The Lost Shipwreck would be suitable for families and groups of friends alike, providing a visual playground of interactions for all in the space. Those in the greater Toronto region would do well to exchange ye doubloons for a treasure hunt throughout this particular cavern.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • The detailed scenery alone is enough to stop and admire.
  • Narratively grounded puzzles with a surprisingly heartfelt story

Story

As treasure hunters, we couldn’t resist the rumor of riches stored within the Mad Captain’s Cave. Naturally, there were a number of traps and a ghost to deal with as we journeyed on our quest.

A stone skull carved into a stone wall.

Setting

The Lost Shipwreck was set in a detailed, underground cavern of wonders that contained enchanting discoveries on our path to the treasure.

An assortment of envelopes sealed with wax, atop pirate treasure.

Gameplay

Crypto Escape Rooms’ The Lost Shipwreck was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

The puzzles emphasized and centered around interacting with the storyline and the surrounding set.

A cannon on a pirate ship.

Analysis

βž•Β Crypto Escape Rooms architected beautiful set pieces that were satisfying to interact with on our quest.

βž• Strong game flow carried our team smoothly throughout the wide variety of sets for the vast majority of our experience in the Mad Captain’s Cave.

βž– A musical introduction puzzle may benefit from stronger button lighting effects to ease the onboarding of the task.

βž• A wide variety of puzzles coexisted throughout the space, with clear color and symbols to make sensible solutions.

βž– Some aspects of the narrative may have benefited from audio portions in cooperation with a pictorial instead of long-form writings.

❓A navigation puzzle in the mid-point of the game was charming to iterate through evolutions of, but left us wondering if we should be able to travel in a direction that was seemingly disabled.

Tips For Visiting

  • If you’re visiting during the day, visit The Lazy Daisy Cafe directly across the street for lunch.
  • There is plenty of off-street parking in front of this facility.

Book your hour with Crypto Escape Rooms’ The Lost Shipwreck, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Crypto Escape Rooms provided media discounted tickets for this game.

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