Apocalypse 2.0

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Escape Manor is one of ERA’s favorite companies in the Ottawa area. They have a reputation for excellent production values and just generally great rooms. Fortunately Apocalypse 2.0 upholds that reputation and then some.

The excellence begins with their lobby which is furnished like a well-appointed bar and serves snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) of various kinds. There are plenty of tables, chairs, and couches at which to hang out while waiting for your game to start. When the appointed time arrives, you are then led outside and across the road to a second location which is a minor inconvenience, but on the plus side the entrance to the second location is themed for the game so the immersion begins literally before you even enter the building.

After a review of the rules and a quick introduction it’s then on to the game itself. Since the room accommodates larger numbers, players will be split into groups. That doesn’t mean each group is isolated from the others however! Communication between groups and players is vital for solving this room.

The story, such as it is, involves a lethal virus and an evil corporation attempting to take over the world whose premises you must infiltrate in order to stop them. Accordingly, the room has a very industrial feel to it. The room quality is top-notch and everything looks and feels great, with every inch and corner decorated. The space is large but well designed and well used. Those with limited mobility may run into issues however.

As a result of the high production values, you feel immersed in the story from the very beginning. Everything from the props to the puzzles are thematically appropriate and fit the room and the story. In a nice touch, each team of players and in fact each player has a role to play in the story. Best of all, the story doesn’t feel like it was pasted on or added as an afterthought, but it feels like the room was designed around the story from the very beginning.

The puzzles likewise are excellent. In a nice touch, each puzzle comes with a clear set of instructions that tell you just enough about how to solve the puzzle without actually giving away the solution. Everything is clear and logical and the difficulty level felt just right for our mixed group of experts and newbies. As mentioned earlier, players are split into teams, but cooperation between teams and players is vital for solving the room. We would highly recommend this room for anyone looking for a great team-building experience.

Overall this is just a top-notch room in every way that will definitely be going on my top ten list once I get around to updating it. The production values are excellent and make great use of the large space, you feel immersed in the story from start to finish, we loved the emphasis on collaborative, team-building puzzles, the wow factor is off the charts, and all in all it’s just a ton of fun to play. Highly recommended.

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