Night vision required.
- Website: The X Realm
Address: 12060 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0P3
- Private Booking: Yes
- Price: $25 per person
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Linearity: Linear
- Group size: #small
- Player Level: #rookie
- Premise: “You have been called in to investigate the Bram Mansion. This stately old home hosted noble families through the ages…until the murders. The authorities never found the culprit, and the mansion was sealed ever since. But there is a whisper that echoes in its halls. The soul of the victims is trapped inside, and it’s your job to release it.”
The staff members working there were the same as when we were there the first time. The interactions were business-like but they were very smiley and cheerful all throughout our stay.
BENThe people here are still as friendly as our first time! The hints were still good – our gamemaster made sure that we were able to solve the puzzle before leaving us.
After having done three rooms now at The X Realm (the first one being Castle and the third review coming soon), the puzzles have all been consistent. Here, they are still cryptic messages on paper telling you what to do next. When I say cryptic, I mean very cryptic, which is the opposite of intuitive. You will spend a lot of time reading the clues over and over and feeling useless.
The main thing that stood out was the last half of the room that had cool and creative mechanisms, both low-tech and high-tech. Other than that, the puzzles were less than satisfying.
The puzzles here were kind of creative, actually! I quite liked them. The only thing is, like Paulie said, the clues are a little bit too cryptic which means it’s harder to make the connections you need to make.
If you’ve done more than one room at The X Realm, you will notice all the rooms look the same: They’re all covered in wallpaper and feature cabinets with drawers, irrelevant books for distraction, and dusty furniture–all under very, very dim lighting. They also all have lasers, no matter what the theme is.
The room was a bit bare for me – with such a large space, I would’ve liked to see a bit more decor in the room that we could’ve interacted with.
I like the walls though – they are fully decorated and go quite high because of the ceiling. It makes the room feel very large, but unfortunately highlights its bareness.
I was creeped out by this room, I’m going to be honest. As soon as the door to the other portion was opened, I pushed Ben to go first. There were a few horror elements here, but really, the thing that was the creepiest was not being able to see everything in the dark.
This room was creepy, but only in bursts. I didn’t think there was a sustained level of creepiness, but that might have been because I was a bit occupied by the obscure clues.
The back story at the start tied in very well with the very last mechanism of this room. However, it was everything in between that had nothing to do with the theme. The puzzles were good in isolation, but overall they were very disjointed.
I kind of forgot about the theme until the very end. I think Paulie’s review captures all of my feelings about the theme pretty accurately.
Overall, this gets a #silver for me. The X Realm has so much potential because they have some of the proper components in place. However, the overall experience always ends up very meh.
This also gets a #silver from me. I think that with a few tweaks to the clueing and the theme, this room could be really great!
- Escaped? Yes(2 people)
- Our Time: 0:46 (/1:00)
- # of hints used: 2