- Played August 2018
- Regina, SK
- 60 minutes
- 2-8 players
- What People Say
Going into District 3 you know they’re serious about escaping. The lobby is filled with escape puzzles and other swag you can get for your escape-loving friends. Located in a more industrial neighbourhood, there’s lots of open space and high ceilings in the lobby. No seating though, or entertainment, so be prepared for a long stand if their schedule starts to slip. They do offer drinks for sale and lockers to use though so you will be well prepared to enter the room.
The game starts with a video in the lobby. If there was another group, they would have been able to see the video as well. Maybe to tempt you to see another room? As you are led down the hall, the game master carries on the story and you are blindfolded as you walk into the room. This is a sure way to get a great wow factor when the room is revealed for the first time. The audio continues the story before you are allowed to remove the blindfold and see the very convincing set. As you play through the room, the audio is a key component of the interaction with the room, as it joins in on your play according to where you are at in the story line. It moves you through, developing the twists and motives of your mission. Even the timer was interestingly displayed with the theme of the room. We were immersed the whole time.
The puzzles were great in variety, and the mechanics were always smooth and related to the theme. The story line behind the room gave the designers a good opportunity to be creative in how they included the puzzles with the story. There were some fun gadgets that I don’t see often and some wow moments when different elements were triggered. Hints and suggestions were well included in the props which helped us move through the room, but if you needed a little extra help, the game master’s hints consisted of subtle nudges provided over the audio system in the room.
District 3 has an interesting addition to the game, with achievements and an easter egg to solve. These fun additions add an element of competition to the game play. It’s not just about the time! Two people in the room was definitely doable, but there is space for a few more. The story line and set make it fun for everyone. Definitely doable by all experience levels.