Crux: /krəks,kro͝oks/
1. Something that torments by its puzzling nature;
a perplexing difficulty.

About The Crux

The Crux Escape Room Inc. is proud to present The Crux Escape Rooms and Gaming Lounge, located on the Hamilton Mountain. Our location was carefully scouted for ease of access and other nearby amenities to fit nicely into any type of evening. The Crux is also proud to offer a team-building program for businesses that can include a number of our rooms, food, a team building seminar, and employer feedback.

What is an escape room?

Imagine; 2-6 players locked in a room. A narrative has been set. There are seemingly ordinary objects, 4 walls, a door, and a lock. Don't forget, there's a timer... Oh yes, ticking away... Start with 50 minutes, now its 45. Oh, you solved that puzzle? Well, now there's 30 minutes. What's that? You're stuck? 20... 15.... 10... Phew, glad you made it past that...Bzzzzzzzz.
I guess you didn't make it.
Loosely based on "escape the room" video games like The Castle of Dr. Brain, The 7th Guest, Maniac Mansion and many others. A player is locked in a room and must explore their surroundings to escape. Each of our games has a distinct theme, and puzzles that follow a narrative throughout the room.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is it?
Our pricing structure varies based on how many people you bring. Please contact for more information on corporate bookings.

3 Adults $26 Per Person
4 Adults $24 Per Person
5 Adults $22 Per Person
6 Adults $21 Per Person
Weds/Thurs Special $99 for 5-6 Player Groups
Prices do not include HST
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Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher on our bookings page, or with the link in the previous question. You can also purchase them in person.

Am I going to have to play with strangers?
Most of our experiences are private. That means if you book for three players, there will only be three players in the room. We suggest bringing friends, the rooms aren't easy. But we aren't going to provide friends for you!

How many players should I bring?
Our rooms hold anywhere from 2 to 14 players, depending on your selection. We have chosen the required player counts carefully to ensure the best experience. Please refer to the specific room of interest for a suggested player count.

What if I want to come alone?
Due to staffing and other costs associated with your experience, The Crux does not usually sell single tickets.

Do you have daytime hours?
We maintain regular hours for our boardgame lounge locations. For corporate bookings, daytime hours can be opened. Please contact for more information on corporate bookings.

When do I need to arrive for my booking?
We suggest arriving 10 minutes before your booked time. This allows time to sign in, decompress from travel and focus. If you want to arrive earlier, there is a board game lounge available for use. If you arrive late, you may be deducted time from your experience so the following group doesn't suffer from your tardiness.

Where can we park?
On Hamilton Mountain and in Niagara Falls there is ample free parking available in our parking lots. At the Hamilton Downtown location there is options for street parking, or we are beside a pay to park lot. Free parking at The Crux Hamilton Downtown is not currently available

What is the age limit on an Escape Room?
Our rooms are for players 10 and up. A parent or guardian will have to be present to sign a waiver for any player under 16.

Is it scary?
The rooms do not contain any jump-scares or overly mature material. We do try to create a very immersive atmosphere, and as such the atmosphere itself can be a little creepy.

I'm claustrophobic, am I going to have trouble?
You shouldn't. Best to use your own judgement, the rooms are a decent size and you're never actually trapped.

What if I need to get out?
You can ALWAYS leave the room at The Crux. If you leave early, you may not be allowed back in the room.

Are we really locked in a room?
No. The Crux is all about illusion. It may look like you're locked in. It may feel like you're locked in, but you always have an exit immediately available to you if you need it.

Is it true we're being filmed?
Our entire facility is well covered by CCTV, and our game masters are watching everything that happens both to enhance your experience and ensure your safety at all times.

Is there a restroom?
You will be invited to use the restroom before you enter the Escape Room. Because of the immersive nature of the activity, there is no rest room provided inside the escape rooms.

Do I need any special knowledge or skills?
A quick and open mind helps. Clever and helpful friends are an asset. None of our rooms require outside information, everything required to solve the room is provided within.

Contact The Crux

847 Upper James St., Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 3A3