Immersia: Week-end at the Shack

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting A real scenario that unfolds during the adventure.  The feeling of entrapment and vulnerability Some puzzles are a bit classical. Book here Immersia was to my knowledge the first escape company to open in Laval, Montreal’s largest suburb. When they started, they had two games, Week-end at the Shack and Picadilly Cabaret (they opened a few more since), and … Continue reading Immersia: Week-end at the Shack

PanIQ Escape Room: Insane Asylum 2

Game experience: ENTERTAINING Immersion    Puzzles    Hosting    The oppressive atmosphere. The gamemastering process. Book here PanIQ Escape Room is one of the two Georgetown escape venues in DC, the other being Escape Room Live. Contrarily to the latter, you won’t be grouped with strangers in this franchised escape venue. You can find in the small reception hall a nice selection of jigsaws to warm … Continue reading PanIQ Escape Room: Insane Asylum 2

Find the Key: Cabin in the Woods

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting High quality decors, both inside and outside the cabin. Smart puzzles with few padlocks. The TV screen in the woods. Only 45 minutes playing time. Book here A spooky cabin in the woods is definitely one of the horror movie archetype – and therefore, a very fitting theme for an escape game. I went to play … Continue reading Find the Key: Cabin in the Woods

Find the Key: Insomnium

Game experience: GOOD Immersion    Puzzles    Hosting A second generation room with no padlocks. High quality red herrings. The symmetric structure of the game. A couple of small dysfunctions during our game. Book here If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you must certainly have wondered what it would feel to be trapped in the Upside Down. That’s the experience Find the Key proposes to … Continue reading Find the Key: Insomnium

Immersia: The Lost Temple of Cthulhu

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles     Hosting    The immersive jungle environment. Some mechanisms that feel like magic. The very friendly welcome and immersive gamemastering. A somewhat less impressive final part in the last room. Book here I’m sure that you’ve heard of Cthulhu, this cosmic God created by H.P. Lovecraft, a 100m-tall humanoid with an octopus head and dragon wings: (author Dominique Signoret, … Continue reading Immersia: The Lost Temple of Cthulhu

Epsilon Escape: The Patient of Room 8

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles     Hosting  The gorgeous welcoming hall. The variety of immersive atmospheres. Some fun manipulations. A sequential puzzle structure at times. Book here I had always wondered, when looking at the Epsilon escape’s website, whether their welcome hall is as impressive as it appears from the pictures. Going there, I finally had my answer: no – it is actually more … Continue reading Epsilon Escape: The Patient of Room 8

Artimus: Freak Show

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    An ultra-immersive and very original atmosphere. The quality of the pre-game experience. One puzzle could be improved. Book here Artimus is this quite recent venue in Paris where we had the chance to play the excellent Ultimate Madrigal. From outside, Artimus might look like an old-fashioned doctor cabinet: Inside, you might think you have entered … Continue reading Artimus: Freak Show

Happy hour: Professor Zoltan’s virus

Game experience: GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting  A room decorated by artists that fits well the theme. A few fun, science-inspired puzzles. A couple of pen-and-paper riddles. Book here ‘Happy hour escape game’ is one of the historical venue in Paris – the 6th one to open, in October 2014. They feature three rooms: one for beginners (‘Le cachot du chevalier noir’), and … Continue reading Happy hour: Professor Zoltan’s virus

LeavinRoom: Instinct de survie

Game experience: EXCELLENT Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    A very elaborate, tensed atmosphere. Some original puzzles that will test various faculties. ∅ Book here ‘Saw’ is probably the perfect movie scenario to adapt as an escape room: trapped by a mad serial killer, his victims are left a glimpse of hope if they manage to solve all his twisted puzzled in a limited time. … Continue reading LeavinRoom: Instinct de survie