The Truth of Osaka High
The Truth of Osaka High
- Played August 2016
- 60 minutes
- 4-8 players
- What People Say
Mayze is a new company on the Toronto Escape Room scene, located in northern Scarborough. It was a little difficult to find while driving by, being a unit in a complex in an area hosting multiple facilities, but once we made the correct turn into the complex, their signage was easy to spot.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, a must when it comes to Customer Service, and their waiting area was quite spacious and did offer a few games to occupy those who were waiting. The room introduction could use some tweaking, as it was very basic and didn’t add much to the experience. The example for the “don’t touch” symbol would be better off if moved to a more obvious location, as the black “X” taped onto the black wall opposite of the room entrance had us searching for it rather than hearing the remaining rules.
The rooms that make up Osaka High are very well put together. Each room truly looked and felt like the location they were designed to be. Some of the more fragile pieces of the set design had already seen some wear and tear, but nothing too severe. The Mayze team did a fantastic job at utilizing the area that they had, with very little wasted space, and the construction of the rooms also explored the idea of making the escapees explore different levels.
While this room has received high ratings in our other categories, Immersion is definitely where Osaka High shines. The set and sound design match the theme perfectly, and really bring the horror scenario to life by appealing to many of the senses. This is especially true of the use of lighting and the visuals that were included in the design.
Even though the puzzle progression was linear throughout the room, there was no boredom from the team members who were not physically taking part. The horror atmosphere negated any fear of being bored. The puzzles themselves were excellent, with varying levels of difficulty from puzzle to puzzle and how well the puzzles were integrated into the theme and set design of each room. Another bonus was that there were no lockboxes! No combo locks at all! In my experience, this is quite a rare occurrence, and one that is appreciated.
The truth about The Truth of Osaka High is that it is FUN. A quick note about the FUN factor though: if you are not keen on being involved in a horror scenario, then this room is probably not for you. That being said, if you can tolerate the fear and find a group of fearless individuals to accompany you, then this room is definitely worth a scare or two!