Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Date Played: December 15, 2018
Team size: up to 8; we recommend 3-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $32 per player
Emergency Exit: Yes
Crush Depth was a great escape room.
It had an intense, detailed, and imposing aesthetic. The puzzles were meaty and entertaining. The story put an atypical twist on a fairly common concept.
While we encountered a bit of ambiguity with puzzle sequencing, and it was occasionally difficult to find what we were supposed to do among the various set details, it still played really well.
We wholeheartedly recommend it for players who are nearby and have a bit of escape room experience.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Players with at least some experience
- Submarine aesthetic
- Unorthodox story choice
- Strong puzzles
While we were serving aboard a submarine, the spirit of the boat’s former captain assumed control, and in a final vengeful act, set a course for crush depth. We had to banish the angry spirit and retake control of the submarine before we all received a gruesome physics lesson.
Crush Depth was an aesthetically gorgeous game, among the most beautiful that we’ve seen in the region.
The submarine set was detailed and weathered. It felt right. There was a lot to look at.
Additionally, the layout felt correct. The entire game took place in a narrow series of rooms.
Trapology’s Crush Depth was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, and puzzling.
➕ Trapology turned a few rooms of their downtown Boston office building space into a submarine. The set design looked great.
➖ Although the set looked great, not all of the puzzle components were on the same level. Trapology relied on laminated paper for some clue structure.
➖ The submarine set contained interesting knobs, dials, and gadgets. It wasn’t entirely apparent which were in play and which were decor.
➕ We’ve escaped a lot of submarines, but this was the first one that was haunted by a vengeful ghost captain. Trapology twisted two themes together to create something new and exciting. (Note, Crush Depth is not a horror game.)
➕ Crush Depth was a puzzle-focused escape room with many excellent solves. We always had something interesting to work on.
➖ We encountered one clunky mid-game sequence. Some of the cluing felt a bit out of order.
➖/➕We couldn’t always tell when we’d triggered an open. Trapology could add lighting or sound cues to make tech-driven opens pop. That said, our attentive gamemaster directed us to anything we’d opened without realizing it.
➕ The final sequence of interactions was massive, tangible, and so satisfying. The conclusion was explosive.
➕ Trapology had a beautiful lobby. We wish we could have lounged there for longer. We loved the cozy, steampunk-inspired aesthetic.
Tips For Visiting
- Trapology is easily accessible by T. Take the Green Line to Boylston St.
- We recommend Explorateur on the corner for a coffee, drinks, a meal… and some really interesting desserts.
Book your hour with Trapology’s Crush Depth, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Trapology comped our tickets for this game.