Merlin’s beard, that’s a lot of gold!
> EDMONTON (YEG) > EXIT
- Website: Exit
Address: 10534 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A4
- Private Booking: Yes
- Price: $25 per person
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Linearity: Linear
- Group size: #medium
- Player Level: #competent
- Premise: “On a hike through the woods, you are approached by a strange and mysterious hooded figure who asks if you have time to hear a tale or two. He begins by telling you the tale of the great King Arthur, a wise and powerful king whose life was spent in pursuit of the Holy Grail, and the wizard Merlin, a powerful ally to Arthur whose magic maintained the delicate balance between good and bad across the lands.The figure leaves you with a cryptic clue: ‘the answers you seek lie just beyond your reach.’”
Pretty standard service, nothing exceptional. Because we didn’t get out of the room, we wanted to know what happened so naturally we asked, expecting a detailed run-through of the rest of the room. When we did, the staff member said they couldn’t reveal what happened next. I was confused because I thought it was always protocol to reveal what happens even if your group doesn’t succeed. There’s simply no reason to *not* reveal what happens next, because, well, I’m not going to shell out more money just to finish the last quarter of the room.
What Paulie said. I think of escape rooms as a one-time thing, so I can’t imagine paying $25 again just to see the ending. I may be making assumptions here, but I feel like other people would have a similar opinion.
The puzzles were on the upper end of the difficulty spectrum. Some of them definitely required hints because they were not intuitive. We also got frustrated at one point and went on a limb to try out a lock combination, based on something we saw randomly in the room. It worked, but we didn’t feel satisfied because it was such a crapshoot.
I don’t know if we were doing it wrong, but I felt like there was a lot of trial and erroring in this room. I think that for a few of the puzzles we did, we tried certain things because “why not, we’ve tried everything else we thought of” and when those things that we just happened to try offhandedly worked, it left us feeling unsatisfied.
I agree with Ben said. EXIT rooms always look good. They definitely take their time with the props and details. Every inch was covered in decorated from top to bottom.
Whether it be in Calgary or Edmonton, EXIT has some of the most impressive looking rooms we’ve seen. Medieval is no exception.
Sometimes immersion isn’t all about the atmosphere, it’s also about the experience. Some of the puzzles became frustrating to solve, and we often felt stuck which took away from the feeling of immersion.
I really liked the music here, and I mentioned above that it’s a gorgeous room. The one thing that prevented me from really getting into this room was the puzzles, which I also talked about above.
Similar to look, EXIT also has thematically loyal puzzles and decorations. This one is no different. King Arthur references are pervasive in pop culture, so I appreciate that they made a room with this theme.
I am all about high-fantasy kinds of things, so I’m definitely a bit biased rating this room. The backstory wasn’t particularly unique or impressive – grab the gold and run. However, I enjoyed the little sub-story that was going on in the room!
I would give this room a #silver rating. This is advertised as their easiest room, but it definitely wasn’t–at least not from our experience. The puzzles were frustrating and not revealing what happens when you fail was even more so.
I would give this room a #silver rating. While it looks great and has an attractive theme, I think that puzzles ultimately make the room, and this room’s puzzles didn’t appeal to me. Do this room if you’re ok with not knowing what happens at the end, or if you’re very confident in your escaping skills!
- Completed: July 9, 2016
- Escaped? No (3 people)
- Time: 0:45+
- # of hints used: 3