Enigma-tic – The Master Builder’s Path [Review]

The Master Builder’s Path is one of the best escape rooms around Montreal, Canada. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in the Montreal area.

Batteries not included

Location:  Blainville, QC, Canada

Date Played: October 13, 2021

Team size: 2-5; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28.99 CAD per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Master Builder’s Path was a bright and joyous game packed with innovative game design. It also made use of design space that we’ve rarely seen escape rooms explore.

Closeup of 3 see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil garden gnomes .

This was the first game from a company that opened a little before the pandemic. It’s a remarkable achievement. With that in mind, there were a handful of moments, props, and interactions that could have benefitted from refinement, especially near the end of the game.

We went to play The Master Builder’s Path because a number of folks on our Escape, Immerse, Explore: Montreal Tour found the company and insisted that we visit. They were absolutely correct, and you should heed their advice.

Enigma-tic’s newer game Missing is arguably a little stronger (if you’re ok with a spookier experience), but both of these games are well worth visiting. If you’re near Montreal, go check them out.

Who is this for?

  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Phenomenal use of a broadly underused design surface
  • Thoughtful interaction design
  • Charming, well built game

Story

We’d entered the testing ground for a secret society of builders to see if we had what it would take to join the Guild.

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Enigma-tic – Missing [Review]

Missing is one of the best escape rooms around Montreal, Canada. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in the Montreal area.

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Location:  Blainville, QC, Canada

Date Played: October 13, 2021

Team size: 3-5; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28.99 CAD per player

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: one player needs to be able to crouch in a small space, and all players need to step over/ through an obstacle

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Missing was unapologetically styled after Stranger Things. Whether we’re talking about the aesthetics, gameplay, or the story beats, it truly did that world justice.

A wall with the alphabet pained on it, and a string of christmas lights over them, a la Stranger Things.

Enigma-tic told their own story within the look, vibe, and structure of Stranger Things. In doing so, it delivered a couple of the most memorable sequences that I’ve seen in an escape room. These were truly special moments that were wrapped in well-executed traditional escape room gameplay.

Enigma-tic wasn’t on our radar when we went up to Montreal for this year’s escape room tour. The folks on our tour told us we needed to play it, and they were right. This is a company that needs to be on your playlist if you’re in Montreal.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Stranger Things fans
  • Any experience level
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Great solo moment
  • Pays homage to Stranger Things really well
  • Multiplayer challenges
  • A surprising sequence

Story

Our dear friend had disappeared; no one had seen her for more than a week. The town seemed to agree that she’d run away, but those of us who were her friends knew that the truth would be much darker than that.

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