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Going into District 3 you know they’re serious about escaping. The lobby is filled with escape puzzles and other swag you can get for your escape-loving friends. Located in a more industrial neighbourhood, there’s lots of open space and high ceilings in the lobby. No seating though, or entertainment, so be prepared for a long stand if their schedule starts to slip. They do offer drinks for sale and lockers to use though so you will be well prepared to enter the room.

Entering the room blindfolded, so we don’t know the location of this mysterious mansion, already sets the tone for the room. After the intro and the reveal, we are in an elaborate foyer. There is special attention paid to the details of the set design, making you feel in a larger space than you are with the high ceilings that come with this industrial location. The details of the set really set this room apart. The timer is hidden most of the time, but comes out in a clever way as the room goes on. The lighting changes with the time, which adds to the mood. Different doors will trigger different events, making the room interact with you, instead of the usual other way around. There’s even audio components; they’ve thought of everything.

This room unpacks well, with lots of doors, as one would have in a large house. The story line moves along with each door and the puzzles play into the theme. The puzzles are all thematic and incorporate interesting sensory elements, though this room does use a good number of lock boxes. Included inside each lock box is also a little more information to keep you hooked on the story line, so you aren’t lost to your main purpose of the room. There is a ton to do in this room. It is a smaller space though, so large groups are going to feel very congested, but smaller groups will be rushing through to get out in time. The puzzles are mostly linear, so this is good for a medium size group where a couple people can be working on the puzzle and the rest can be exploring the space.

And you can’t forget the Easter Egg for that little extra goal and the scoring system that District 3 has developed, which add to the excitement of finishing up your time. Seeing where are you are on their leaderboard is a great way to see how you did against your friends and get a good sense of what it takes to get out.

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