Dungeons & Turtles
- Website: Arcadia Adventures
Address: 6012 3 St SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0H9
- Private Booking: No
- Price: $25 per person
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Linearity: Nonlinear
- Group size: #medium
- Player Level: #competent
- Premise: “Inspired by fairy tales of old, you wake up in a mysterious dungeon with only the voice of a raven to guide you. Great for kids and adults alike, can you break the enchantment that holds you in time?”
We received a warm welcome and an equally warm send-off.
Service was good – I especially appreciated how our hints were only small nudges.
Padlock-heavy with sporadic technology, the puzzles relied on astute observations and brilliant connections. While the mechanics were standard, there were several moments of sheer creativity here. Make sure to solve every single puzzle to maximize your chances of getting the final meta-puzzle right.
What stood out to me about the puzzles in this room is that none of them were flashy but they were all very solid. There were lots of things to physically manipulate which I found to be a lot of fun.
My only qualm about the puzzles in this room is that the last puzzle could be solved in two different ways (but I’m not 100% sure).
Appropriately dungeon-y with the right amount of darkness and mystery, the room displays a variety of wooden and rustic props.
The first thing that I thought when we went into the room was that everything was too dark. My eyes did eventually adjust and I got to see the decor a little better. There wasn’t a lot but what was there contributed nicely to creating a medieval environment.
The room is a mix of linear and nonlinear progression, allowing for teamwork and individual successes. The unabashed use of darkness also paved the way for an atmospheric experience.
The most noticeable way that this room kept me immersed was the lack of a clock. Instead of looking at a digital clock that would have been out of place in this theme, we instead got the remaining time in 10-minute intervals from a built-in audio.
Theme is where the room somewhat falters. Advertised as a fairy tale, the room appeared to be more of a slice from an epic fantasy like Game of Thrones, with a raven and all.
I was hoping this room would tell a story but the puzzles were related only because they all followed the same theme. I also thought that this room was in between two themes and I couldn’t decide whether it was supposed to be more medieval or more fairy tale.
I give this room a #platinum. This room promotes creativity amid familiar mechanics. Keep your eyes peeled and sharpen your anagram skills.
This room gets a #platinum. Don’t make the same mistakes that we did and make sure to look around really well.
- Completed: July 2017
- Escaped? Yes (4 people)
- Our Time: 0:54 (/1:00)
- # of hints used: 2