The Bunker

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The Bunker

  • Played August 2016
  • Chicago

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-6 players
  • $33-$49.50

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Fox in a Box were the first stop in our recent Chicago tour. They can be found in downtown Chicago in the bottom level of Dearborn Station. From the outside, there’s not much by way of signage to guide you, but once you arrive you’re greeted by friendly staff and a bright, cheerful lobby. The lobby offers tables, chairs, and couches and is a nice space to hang out and mingle before or after doing a room.

The Bunker is set during the height of the cold war and the story goes that your team of special ops agents has 60 minutes to infiltrate a bunker and stop a nuclear warhead launch sequence. The room quality is good, and all the props are solid and authentic. There are a few pipes in the corner and a slightly iffy window covering, but nothing that really detracts from the experience. Adding to the positives, this room makes great use of an impressive, high-tech prop which forms the centrepiece of a number of the puzzles. It works well and really sells the story that you’re a spy trying to hack into a nuclear warhead launch system.

When it comes to immersion, our team was somewhat split in our opinions of this room. Some felt that it didn’t feel quite bunker-y enough, with a few too many random decorations, while others felt it did a good job capturing a retro military-industrial vibe. When it comes to story, there’s not a lot of story development during the room, but on the plus side you feel involved with the story throughout thanks to good integration of puzzles and constant reminders of how long you have before the warhead is launched.

Likewise, the puzzles were quite good and well integrated with the theme. As mentioned earlier, the room makes great use of one particular high-tech prop which is key to a number of the puzzles. A number of the puzzles are very tactile and hands-on which makes a nice change from some rooms, and a few of them are designed to require more than one team member to complete. And there’s enough to do that our team of four didn’t feel bottlenecked along the way.

Overall, this is a solid, immersive, well-executed room that makes great use of its high-tech elements. Our team had a great time and we would strongly recommend this room for anyone who enjoys a high-tech cold war thriller. Your level of enjoyment of the room may vary depending on just how much the theme appeals to you and how much you enjoy hands-on high-tech puzzles, but as an engineer and a James Bond fan I know this is definitely one room that is getting added to my Top 10 list (if I ever get around to updating it that is…)

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