Earthquake

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Earthquake

  • Played February 2019
  • Mississauga

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-6 players
  • $30 per person

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In Ontario, earthquakes seldomly hit… until now! Earthquake — Live Action Earthquake Simulator is the latest and greatest escape room experience offered at NOWAYOUT Escape Rooms.

NOWAYOUT is located in Mississauga, very close to Pearson International Airport. Every time I have put their exact address into my GPS it always takes me to the main road but NOWAYOUT cannot be accessed from there. Just note that the parking lot entrance is from the rear of the building and not from the main road. There is signage at the back but it is pretty small and could be overlooked. Once you step inside NOWAYOUT, you are in their lobby which is standard with a small seated area, lockers, and snacks and drinks for purchase. One thing that all the ERA members have noted (time and time again) is how amazing their staff is. They are always genuinely excited about what rooms they have to offer. There is a sense of pride about the business and this truly adds to the whole experience.

The pre-room videos for both Earthquake and the rules for gameplay are of high quality. Our team all agreed that NOWAYOUT sets the standard really high for the pre-room presentation to prep their players. We were there on a Thursday evening and IT WAS BUSY! We could even hear the screams from other groups (likely experiencing 13 Sedah Ave). Although loud and lots of people either arriving or taking pics of their experience, NOWAYOUT does a good job of circulating people through their space.

Our adventure began with the game master leading us into a room that is simply decorated. Knowing that the room was likely going to move I immediately grabbed on to any surface I could. The anticipation alone was such a thrill. I won’t give away ‘when’ the earthquake hits but once it did we were immediately immersed into the game. The first room didn’t have any bells and whistles but the other rooms progressively got better and made up for the lacklustre design of the first. All the props were heavy duty and added to the overall room designs.

The entire Earthquake experience gets you immersed and has plenty of emotional payoffs to keep you wondering what could be uncovered next. The use of lighting and emergency announcements over a PA system add to the realness of what you are experiencing.

When you factor in the room quality and the immersion they really could have gone simple with the puzzles but nope we all agreed that the puzzles were all cleverly designed and no two were alike. Matt who has completed well over 300 escape rooms even remarked that Earthquake was possibly his favourite room for puzzle design and variety. Impressive! Puzzle enthusiasts will be tickled pink with what the Earthquake room has to offer. There were also so many of them that everyone always had something to do, including team building puzzles that needed to be tackled by multiple people. There was good interplay between rooms so we were able to go back and forth between rooms to properly solve multiple puzzles. We also loved how there weren’t many combo locks and when there were it made sense to have them. The puzzles used colours, numbers, and symbols to keep things varied and different rather than just a bunch of random locks to open.

The Fun Factor was ultra high with this Earthquake room as the theme itself already piques one’s interest. You know no matter what you are going to be in for a wild ride. We all wished the experience was a little longer and possibly had some more physical aspects to it. The rooms were just so cool, we wanted to spend more time experiencing them and all the cool elements. Well done NOWAYOUT, as always you did not disappoint. Earthquake without a doubt is an ERA approved escape room worth checking out!

Final Verdict:

8.3/10

1 response

  1. Adrian says:

    Is it really scary? Lots of jump scare? Any real people in there? Do you recommend for two players only?

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