Prison Break

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Prison Break

  • Played November 2015
  • Toronto

  • 60 minutes
  • up to 10 players
  • $22, $18 for groups of 15 or more
  • 2 hints, 3 with Facebook check-in

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Well, this review will be one close to my heart as it happened to be the very first escape room I ever participated in. Having only heard the basics of escape rooms, like “someone’s going to lock you up and you have to escape”, sounding more like a real life version of Hostel or Saw, I was still very much a newb. I was expecting something to blow me away with this new-found hobby, and luckily the bug got to me even with such a low quality first room as Prison Break.

Walking into Mystery Room you get the sense that someone simply went to a Halloween supply store and bought a little bit of everything. I completely dismissed the “horrific” décor and kept the excitement level high. We were asked to put our phones and such into cute little boxes behind the counter (I actually enjoyed that aspect, as it reminded me of my Vipassana retreat). We were given our directions and sent off to the very modest first room. Again, I must stress the modesty of this room… it was pretty much bare. The hints were hidden uniquely, but became redundant very quickly.

Moving on, we got excited to see what was next, only to be slightly weirded out by the layout of the next room… a bed frame, with seemingly zero purpose for being there, which simply caused more confusion. The only redeeming quality was a puzzle which involved haphazardly aiming at something (I won’t spoil it). Anyhow, the next room was when the genuine disappointment set in; simply put, we did not get the “full experience” due to a malfunctioning piece of equipment, but we were not informed that it was malfunctioning or even that it seemed to not have been working for a long time. It was simply there. Just sitting on the ground. We wasted some of our time trying to determine its value or importance to the room. It had none.

Although we did escape in time, the room’s true enjoyment came as a result of our own excitement from never having experienced an escape room before; it was the rookie thrill of being ‘wet behind the ears’ that singularly made this room seem much better than it actually was.

I can only ever suggest going here if you either
A) Get a groupon, or heavy discount on the price
B) Wish to get ideas for how to decorate your garage for Halloween on a budget
or C) have one too many drinks and feel the need to stumble through something basic with your buddies and have a good laugh.

Final Verdict:


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  1. Melissa says:

    Such a true statement and worded so well 😉

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