The Voodoo Room
The Voodoo Room
- Played February 2016
- 50 minutes
- 2-6 players (3-5 recommended)
- $21-$30 depending on number of players
- 3 hints
- What People Say
The Crux is an up-and-coming escape company which recently opened up in Hamilton. Kudos to them for having a nice, big, easily visible sign outside, something that seems to elude a surprisingly high number of companies. Once in the door, you’ll find friendly and welcoming staff and a spacious lounge. The lounge has a couple of tables set up where you can sit and play board games or just hang out. There are also drinks and snacks available, including coffee, tea, and pop.
The room itself has excellent set design. The beautifully textured walls and atmospheric lighting combine nicely to give it a rustic, primal vibe. In addition, the room has one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever experienced in a escape room. It really suits the theme and pulls you into the setting. The story on the other hand is bare-bones. It provides a premise for why you’re in the room in the first place, but once inside it really doesn’t come into play at all. However, thanks to the excellent set design and soundtrack this is nevertheless a very memorable experience.
Unfortunately, the puzzles are one of the weaker parts of the room. On entering the room, we were told we would likely need to make use of a hint or two if we wanted to escape in time. Not a good sign. True to form there were a couple of puzzles which required some rather unintuitive leaps of logic, and we ended up using all three of our hints in the course of our escape. Also, there were a disappointingly high number of lock boxes to open. As the room is very linear, you may find that there are times where you’re twiddling your thumbs waiting for a team member to try a combination or two so you can unlock the lock and progress to the next puzzle.
Overall, The Voodoo Room scores high on ambiance, but the puzzles are a little weaker and the story is paper-thin. Still worth trying though for the memorable atmosphere and immersive soundtrack. Just be sure to bring along some of your smartest puzzle-loving friends and don’t be afraid to use a hint or two.