A chilling psychological nautical affair.
- Website: EXIT (Calgary)
Address: 60, 880 16 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2R1J9
- Private Booking: Yes
- Price: $25 per person
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Linearity: Linear
- Group size: #medium
- Player Level: #pro
- Premise: “You’ve boarded a cruise ship that will take you throughout the Pacific. However, halfway through your adventure, there’s a vicious storm that hits your ship and you’re thrown overboard. You wake up on a small deserted island with some of your fellow passengers. After exploring the island, you find that the only thing on it is what looks to be an old lost ship. From a distance, you can see there’s a working boat on the other side, but the only way to get to it is through the lost ship itself. The tide is getting stronger and the boat may not be there for long.”
We did this room right after Ninja House so the service for that night didn’t change. Our game master was still as personal, thoughtful, and friendly as ever. Even when we finished the room close to midnight, she was still willing to give us a few extra minutes to complete the room.
Service is still great as ever!
The puzzles here were excellent. They were excellent because they were on the upper end of the difficulty scale, and were toeing that line between very difficult to too difficult that they became frustrating. I would say some of the puzzles definitely crossed that boundary of being too difficult and required hints because of their non-intuitive nature (and, as confirmed by our game master, one of the puzzles here in particular is so difficult almost everyone asks for hints). Overall though, I welcomed the challenge and felt extremely satisfied after solving most of the puzzles here.
There was a LOT going on in this room and I think I was pretty overwhelmed by it all. There were some parts where I thought the connections between certain things were questionable, and some parts where the puzzle was just far too difficult. That said, I still appreciated some of the more unique things they did in this room (which I unfortunately can’t mention here!).
The room is handsome. It’s big so it can fit a moderately big group of people, but not too spacious that it looked sparse. Each room also has a good amount and mix of decorative versus relevant props.
This was a beautiful room. The use of space was amazing and the décor was great – there were times when I had to stop and just take in the room. It was that nice.
As we mentioned in other reviews, EXIT thrives in darkness and loudness. This one is no exception, and thank goodness for that because it worked very well.
This wasn’t a horror-themed room, but I was shaking for most of the room. This was partly because of the backstory that stayed with me throughout the room, and particularly because of the darkness and loudness heightening my experience. This is one of the few rooms that gave me that sense of urgency. I truly felt like I was in a lost ship. The only thing missing was the floor beneath us moving and making us seasick.
Paulie’s spot on with his review, but the reason I gave this a lower score was because the difficulty of the puzzles didn’t let me get as much into the experience as I would’ve liked.
I gave this a high score because I thought all the puzzles and riddles were relevant and loyal to the nautical theme. The backstory also sets up the room nicely.
This was our first boat/pirate-themed room, and I think that this room definitely delivered that. I wasn’t super crazy about the backstory though, and I actually had refresh myself on what it was again before writing this.
I give this a resounding #diamond. From reviews and talking to other people, EXIT gets some flack for being a franchise, and how their rooms feel… clinical. I can see where people are coming from, but at the same time, you come across rooms like this and you restore your faith in them. This was one of the most complete experiences I’ve had, and if you’re looking for a challenge, I recommend this room.
This gets a #platinum. If you want a challenge or want to experience a very nice looking room, I would definitely recommend The Lost Ship. I would also recommend that you have a little bit of escape room experience before trying this room out since it’s a little bit more challenging than others.
- Completed: July 3, 2016
- Escaped? Yes (2 people)
- Our Time: 1:00 (/1:00)
- # of hints used: 4