- Played March 2017
- 60 minutes
- 2-8 players
- What People Say
Avast, me hearties! ERA is here with another review, and this time it’s sink or swim!
Confundrum is an escape room company located in Burlington, Ontario, one that is easy to find and offers ample parking. The lobby is very spacious, and FULL of fun activities to keep guests occupied while they await their booking. The staff are very friendly, the games offered are plentiful and fun, and the guest signatures all over the walls prove that this company is well loved.
Blackbeard’s Brig has been put together quite well. It is aesthetically pleasing, with a lot of thematic décor throughout the room. One downside of the space is the partial walls that makeup the room, as a lot of sound caries through from the lobby and the other rooms, which can interrupt the flow of the group. The physical pieces of the puzzles are solid, and anything that is not to be used is either marked or fastened down. There was also some fun tech, which rounded out the room quite nicely.
Once the room begins, addicts will agree that Blackbeard’s Brig is aptly named. The blindfolded entrance adds to the effect of the reveal, and the atmosphere that has been created by the Confundrum team puts the team of addicts under the lock and key of Blackbeard himself (or as close as can be)! The soundtrack enhances the mood of the set, and the puzzles all fit into the theme, but the story is very straightforward and doesn’t develop as you progress.
There are a number of puzzles built into the experience that Blackbeard’s Brig offers, enough to keep larger groups occupied. The puzzles fit the theme, and there were a variety of puzzle types, all of which were logical; something for everyone! The only bottlenecks occurred at the end of the room, though they did not last long and didn’t have a huge impact on the experience. Our group got caught over-thinking a couple of the puzzles, which made us realize that they were easier than we expected and that this room would be great for younger and newer addicts.
Blackbeard’s Brig offered a number of fun aspects: logical, inclusive puzzles that were easy to follow and simplistic; a fitting soundtrack; and a brig and a boat! An experience that is fun for longtime addicts, but suitable for the young and uninitiated.