Kate’s Motel

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Kate's Motel

  • Played January 2016
  • Brampton

  • 60 minutes
  • 3-6 players
  • $23.99

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Upon entering Perplexity (known to be Brampton’s first escape gaming complex), a row of framed movie posters lining the reception hall provides hints as to what you’re getting yourself into, including the cleverly coined “Kate’s Motel”. But first…karaoke! We were greeted with smiles and friendly banter, as well as a pre-game warm up of vocal merriment. This auditory adventure took place in the cozy game lounge… complete with sofa, television and (I assume working) fireplace.

After living out our Spice Girl dreams, we were ready to take on any challenge! Everyone’s heard of a certain Norman, but this one is about a lesser known psycho named Kate, who apparently has “checked out” herself, and wants her place to be the (final) rest stop for the weary travellers that you are. Yikes! All puns aside, the decor going in is aptly designed, although the first half isn’t what one might expect based on the introductory storyline, but you get the idea.

Our team used a combination of deductive reasoning and process of elimination for some puzzles, realizing there are more ways than one to skin a cat (not a pun…promise!) A couple of the clues seemed a bit unlikely, while certain choices in prop selection and holes in the backstory kind of took you out of the moment for a quick minute… otherwise still fun.

Presentation was generally more or less linear, making it appropriate for the level indicated, with a variety of well laid out locks and a few technical devices that were put to creative use. Points for the subtle yet creepy sounds, and setting up squeamish surprises for germaphobes like myself. Overall, “Kate’s Motel” lives up to the hype and is a great room for experienced escapers or first timers alike.

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