Great Escape

Great Escape is located in North York, on Yonge St, between Finch and Sheppard.  Its on the upper floor of an office complex and we previously a spa.

Rooms: 4
Reviewed rooms:  The Bombshelter

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 3.5 of 5.0

Our first (and only) visit to Great Escape, we decided to escape their easiest room the Bombshelter.   The room itself was appropriately designed, everything you can imagine in a survivalists’ room was in there.

After speaking to the staff it we were told it was a converted spa, now made into a escape room.  We confirmed this with finding bits of hair on the floor, near some of the clues (which to be fair might be from other players).

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?

Score: 2.0 of 5.0

The gamemasters at Great Escape, went for simplier puzzles.  Without ruining anything, there were a few lockboxes (a turn off for me) and a few puzzles that required a bit of assisted intuition. Nothing really to note, but a lcd panel on the wall to countdown the time.

Also we thought that a fan was part of the puzzle but was told before we started that it was to keep the room cool , because they tend to get hot otherwise.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?

Score: 1.0 of 5.0

Again I stress that this may be subjective, but later on that same night we went to another room escape so we had something to compare against.  The room required a number of hints needed to understand the flow of the room.  By the end we wondered if this really was the easiest room or was the train of thought too complicated.  A friend on a separate occasion tried the Garage and found similarly that the clues and puzzles were disjointed and not clear.

Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?

Score: 4.0 of 5.0

The staff was friendly and happy to discuss everything with us (it was a slow night we were the only players).

The current price was around $15, however they require you to check in Via Facebook and pay cash.

My second pet-peeve with room escapes are lockers (my first are lockboxes).  Not all places require it, but places like Great Escape require you to lock up everything before going into the room.

Overall: North York has a number of Escape Rooms, however Great Escape is definitely your economical choice.  But definitely not my first choice.

For more information check out:

5291-A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5R3