Vault 405

Company: Pandora's Locks

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The Story

Outside is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but you're safe in the fallout shelter community known as Vault 405. Although "safe" isn't exactly accurate. There's been an explosion, the light have gone out, and you've run for safety in what appears to be the control room. You weren't trained for this, but it's up to you to restore the power and ultimately save everyone (and yourselves) from certain death. This fully automated room relies heavily on physical puzzles & tech interactivity. Involves darkness & potentially scary situations, with a dash of humour. An immersive and interactive adventure beyond what you would expect from a typical escape room.

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  • Team Building
  • Dating
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  • Gamers
  • Tourists
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Number of Players:

2 to 6

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GuReview - Vault 405(Played for Discount/Voucher)

by Gureviewer: Theresa Wagner


Game Played On: Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Recommended Team Size: 2-4 Players

Kid Friendly: Yes

Game Duration: Other

Booking Method: Online| Phone| Walk In

Start Time: On Time

Who is this for: Families, Enthusiasts, Beginners

Live Actor: No

Public Transportation: N/A

Parking: Paid parking, next to the venue

The parking was very easy to find and reasonably priced for the area.

Overview Notes:

The game was 65 minutes long, and should really not be done solo. The owners were wonderful to work with.

The Venue   

Venue / Lobby Info:

The lobby is small but fits the entire team perfect. You probably won't see any other teams, as their games are staggered perfectly. The venue and lobby were well on theme. There is a cool video game store next door, and a lot of eateries around the area.

Public Restrooms: Yes

Refreshments: No

Notes for People with Disabilities:

Wheelchair accessible, could be done with hearing impairments.

The Game   

Game Introduction: "A minor explosion, you hide in the control room, and now the Vault's fate is in your hands." The room was Fallout themed loosely, but great for anyone regardless of video game knowledge. The introduction to the game fit the theme well, and set us up for a thrilling escape room adventure. The narrative was carried out by the VaultTec personnel over an intercom system.

Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story

Theme: Future / Technological

Narrative: Survive!

Main room first glance: Wow!

The room felt like you were in a post apocalyptic vault after the nuclear war. It looked technical with some amazing set pieces that were visually appealing. The lighting and spacial aspects were done great, and the tech was flawlessly integrated.

Flow: Very Good and coherent flow

There was a goal at first, then the puzzles all opened up and could all be worked on at the same time. The ending was one big puzzle. The puzzles were designed well into the set, but were very clearly puzzles.

Puzzles: Some of them were great (matched promised level)

The puzzles were very tech heavy with little to no locks, and the tech allowed for some magical moments. The puzzles were both things we had seen before, and things we had never seen before. Some of them were more difficult than others, but could be worked on either solo or as a team effort.

Game Strengths:

The tech in the game was well integrated and worked flawlessly, the references were great, and the setting was interesting to explore. The puzzles were genuinely a lot of fun, and they did a great job of transforming the space they had into a setting that really threw us into the post apocalyptic world.

Game Weaknesses:

The set could use some minor polishing, there was one set element that did not give feedback for incorrect answers (but the owner took note and is looking into fixing this), one puzzle was slightly tedious, and another puzzle was not well clued.

Hints & Clues, Debrief   

Method: Other

Quality: Good (things made sense)

Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)

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Columbia Street 405
New Westminster V3L 1A9 BC CA
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2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Final Thoughts:

Pandora's Locks is a must see when in the Vancouver or surrounding area-- their rooms are fun, innovative, and great to see. This is one of the first companies I have played that actually pulled off the 1 room puzzle adventure! I recommend playing both Wonderland and Vault. If you only have time for 1 room, pick the theme that you are more interested in.

Did You Escape: Yes


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