A double tour: Au pays des merveilles

Game experience: EXCELLENT
Immersion4,5 stars    Puzzles   4,5 stars    Hosting   5,0 stars
Plus Minus
A fantastic recreation of the Wonderland atmosphere.
A nice variety of puzzles, some of which very innovative.
A couple of puzzles are a bit classical.

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‘A double tour’ is very centrally located in Quebec city, in the heart of the pleasant St-Roch area. I was there for work and as I passed by their office, asked them if there was any opportunity to play any of their game in the evening: there were no other booking to join at that time, but they nicely let me play it by myself, as I didn’t know anyone in the city.

The immersion is definitely a strong asset of this game.  There are several rooms that each reflect different parts of the Alice in Wonderland story. The game designers did a wonderful job at recreating the uncanny atmosphere and make you feel the disorientation that Alice experienced in the Wonderland. This is truly a masterpiece of escape room building.

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The puzzles are varied and will test some competences rarely used in an escape game: the exercise of several of your senses will be necessary, as well as your agility, orientation sense, associative thinking, perception skills and efficient team collaboration (something slightly challenging when you’re playing on your own!). The difficulty curve is well designed, with the difficulty increasing from one room to the next. If I wanted to be picky, I would say that a couple of puzzles were a tad too classical, as you could find them in a riddle book; but even some of those were well integrated in the Wonderland atmosphere. The game designers also managed to make the searching in the first room fun and rewarding, thanks to a clever device.

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From the very start, the gamemaster actions and hints will make sure to immerse you in the Alice in Wonderland atmosphere. His interventions were quite funny too – a rare quality in escape games. Finally, his help was well calibrated to my progression.

time-3270448_1280This is a difficult game and I did not manage to escape. It might be a bit tough for beginners, but every escape room fan should try it. Because of the collaborative dimension at some point, I recommend to be at least 3 players for this room, preferably 4; however, 6 players might be a bit too many in some cramped spaces.

All in all, this is a fantastic game that you have to play. It is to this day the best escape game I’ve played in the province of Quebec, and it ranks easily in my top 10 of all escape games I’ve tried.

Game played in October 2017

If you are in Paris and want to have a more Lewis Caroll-oriented perspective on Alice’s world, go to ‘Once upon a room’ at ‘La Pièce’ (review here).

An interview of the creators can be found here.

A TV report is available here – warning, they show the inside of the rooms, so if you don’t want to spoil the surprise, do not watch it!

Other reviews (in French): Escape game Paris, Oval representation.

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