Blackbird’s Brig

This is a review of the Escape Room “Blackbird’s Brig” offered by Confundrum Escape Rooms in Burlington, ON, Canada.
  • ⭐️ 6.5/10
  • 🌡 Medium
  • ⏳ 60 Minutes
  • 👥 2 – 8 Person

Another Pirate Theme! Also Blackbird’s Brig is not a classic Live Video Escape Room with Avatar as we know it from most other rooms. It’s more of a virtual escape room – a physical escape room optimized for playing from home.

The room is walked through virtually using 3D technology. All found objects can be tracked with the help of the inventory system. It is possible to interact with the game master in the room, who ultimately implements the instructions of the players, such as placing objects or opening locks. But it is not the case that the GM acts as an avatar and successively discovers the room with us (searching for objects, opening drawers etc.).

A weak point (or in my opinion a bug) in the inventory system was, that you could open the locked boxes by clicking on the pictures without knowing the combination of the corresponding lock and then find new items in the collected items tab. Okay we were told by the GM not to do this in advance, but it happened to us accidentally and from my POV, this should be prevented by a code you have to enter.

All in all not a bad game, but I have to say I don’t really like this trend towards inventory-based escape games. The best live video escape rooms we’ve played so far, have had a lot of interaction with an In-character GM and have been without or with little inventory. The more time I have to to spend as a player in the inventory, the more I have the feeling to play an ordinary online game (and I can get something like that for less money) than a live game. The providers have to find the right balance!

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Heiner Stepen