Lost & Found in Chinatown
Lost & Found in Chinatown
- Played August 2016
- 90 minutes
- 2-6 players
- $32 / $36 during prime time
- What People Say
“Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown” – Chinatown, 1974
The initial greeting from the staff of this escape room set the tone for the entire experience. Our team was met by a big smile and warm welcome from the “office secretary.” The space is open, clean and neat, and definitely adequate for a team waiting for its final member to arrive. Hopefully that team member arrives soon, as there isn’t much to keep you entertained in the meantime. After a concise rundown of the rules and guidelines, we received some background information via video before WOOSH, a door swings open and we are swept into the action. Personally, I love it when the escape room staff take on a character role in the story. Big points for that!
An important note regarding the room quality of Lost & Found in Chinatown: our team decided to evaluate the on-site, interior portion of the experience only. This is due to the fact that the Kensington Market neighbourhood, and all integrated parts therein, has been in existence far longer than this escape room. That being said, the room that has been constructed for this experience is really top-notch. The space was accommodates a team of 6 people without crowding them, and the set design was fantastic. The fixtures included in the room fit in with the theme, and the choice of colour and lighting gave everything a sleek and clean look.
Knowing that part of this escape room included wandering through a city neighbourhood, I wasn’t expecting too much when it came to immersion. And aside from what we experienced with some finicky technology, what we experienced was a pleasant surprise! A few of the highlights include: the method of communication used during the excursion, which allowed us to maintain constant contact with the staff at the base location; the varying levels of excursion difficulty based on how well the team is doing; and how the story incorporates the team not knowing what to expect with the memory-loss premise. Also, we did learn a fair bit about Chinatown!
This escape room definitely requires teams to exercise their observation skills, but while observation played a large role, the puzzles that then needed to be solved were diverse and engaging. The layout is non-linear, though we were cautioned against splitting up our team during the excursion (and were glad we didn’t!), and the final few puzzles really depend on how well the team communicates. All-in-all, our team enjoyed the puzzles, and everyone had the opportunity to contribute.
Lost & Found in Chinatown is fun! The mixture of a classic escape room and a neighbourhood excursion was different from any other room I’ve experienced. Each team member is given a chance to shine, but the team element is very important to completing this escape room. I know that cardio may not be everybody’s favourite thing, but exercise is important! So get off the couch (or office chair), gather your team, and get Lost & Found in Chinatown!