Review of The Darkest Hour
at Decode in Mississauga
As years went by, humans have carelessly exhausted majority of their energy resources. As they frantically search for a solution to this problem, they turn to you, experienced time agents, to find the secret behind infinite power. With the human race facing its darkest hour… will your team be able to light the way before it’s too late?
- Puzzle Quality3.5
- Story Integration4.0
- Staff Involvement4.0
- Overall Immersion3.5
- Overall Fun3.0
This was our first visit to this location which looks very well run. They have an enormous games room in the back and some chocolates and drinks available for purchase. During non-COVID times, they even serve hot food. We’ll have to go back!
The staff here are friendly and helpful. They seem invested in the players having a good time. The story is delivered in person with a follow-up video introduction. In this room, there is a help button on the wall if you’d like them to come to the room.
These puzzles are very clever and will challenge your mind in a more scientific and mathematical way than most rooms. We nearly finished it with 2 adults and 2 tweens but being a very linear room means that several people cannot work simultaneously. The room is best with 3-4 people but is medium-hard.
The decor isn’t great in the first room and feels very forced to make you feel like you’re in some sort of time machine but the subsequent area(s) are better. The countdown timer is played by the “Computer” aboard the time machine and gives you helpful time reminders as you go.
The story integration is good and you get the sense of going back in time to solve a problem. Some background ambient sounds in the second area would be nice. We didn’t hear any noise from the adjecent rooms even though there were other groups there the whole evening.
This was a fun but challenging room that needs a bit of work to be an immersive experience. Make sure you’re prepared to work on challenging puzzles together or take turns “leading” the problem-solving as you move throughout.