The Box – Predestined (Review)

Location: Charlotte, NC

Players: 2-6 (We recommend 3-4)

Price: $27 per person

Time to Escape: 60 minutes

Seize your destiny!

Theme:

Several artifacts have been taken from important moments in history, throwing off the time stream, and causing a ripple effect that could cause massive damage to our existence! Even worse, the perpetrator is most likely a traitor within your organization, a secret group that is sworn to protect the time stream! You only have a short amount of time to get everything back to where it needs to be and unmask the traitor before the damage becomes irreversible!

First Impressions:

It’s been a while since we visited The Box, but we’ve definitely been anticipating our return for quite some time! Predestined is one of our most highly anticipated rooms, especially after the amazing time we had in Cold Case Killer, which remains one of our top rooms ever. When I received the email that Predestined had gone live, I knew it was time, once again, to make our way down to Charlotte, NC for another marathon!

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The Box knocks it out of the park with their excellent movie posters again!

High Points:

Our experience started off fantastically, as the always amazing Andy greeted us in character and explained the story as he led us towards the temporal paradox we were meant to resolve. He always does a great job bouncing between his host persona and the characters who lead us towards our missions, and this trip was no exception. The room itself was themed excellently, and the sense of immersion was bolstered immediately by the lighting effects. The story is also superb; as we have come to expect from The Box, small details were hidden around the room that tied into the overarching story, cluing us in to what has been going on, while still leaving a fair amount of mystery to keep us intrigued. The storyline and room also ties into Cold Case Killer and The Ventriloquist amazingly, setting up an interconnected Box universe that teases something grander.

The game flow itself is great as well, tying incredibly created and hand crafted puzzles into the theme seamlessly. Nothing feels out of place, and everything is important to the game. There was plenty to keep our group, who had maxed out the room, engaged and puzzling for the full experience. One particular favorite puzzle spanned the entire room and encouraged us to use props in interactive and satisfying ways. Perception really is key to this room, but nothing is unfair or unduly difficult to find, ensuring that the interactions are the star of the show, rather than becoming a glorified scavenger hunt. The whole experiences culminates in a rather exciting climax, and once we had completed the room, we were jazzed and ready for more!

Low Points:

The room felt a little smaller than the other experiences, and while the story feels as though it takes place on a grander scale, the area itself feels more confined. The room itself is comfortable for the maximum of six, however.

Verdict:

After completing Predestined, my only disappointment is that there wasn’t yet another room at The Box to escape from! This business remains one of our top favorites, and we cannot wait to see what they come up with next. I recommend trying this room, but strongly urge you to complete Cold Case Killer and The Ventriloquist first! Though you can still enjoy Predestined without doing so, you’ll get the full experience if you complete those rooms prior. Book your trek(s) through The Box’s amazing adventures here!

9/10 (Excellent)

Full Disclosure: The Box provided our group with Media Discounted tickets.

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