AT Escape is located near Yonge and Sheppard, in a small bungalow. When you walk in you definitely fit in everything they did, but somehow it works. More on the review!
Reviewed rooms: Library Lockup, The Prison Break, BioLab Extraction, The Toy Room Escape, The Bunker Evac
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 5.0 of 5.0
AT Escape goes above and beyond on their rooms. Our first visit was to the Prison Break, and we were impressed with the level of detail that the gamemasters went to simulate the experience. Even with the limited amount of tools you would expect to see in a prison cell they tried to really simulate the experience. The same can be said about the Library and BioLab Extraction, both were equally impressive. If I had to suggest a first time visit , i would highly recommend the Prison Break.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0
AT Escape’s level of inventiveness is very refreshing. I won’t ruin any of the surprises, but they have an impressive amount of integrated technology (think electromagnets, computers, circuits), that make you think twice about any clues you might be missing. The Engineer in me was impressed that they have went this far in terms of technology for these cases, and definitely worth a try. Both BioLab Extraction and the Library Lockout are highly recommended in this category.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 4.5 of 5.0
In 3 of the rooms we did require a hint usually on the final lock, but we found that even when we were asking for a hint we already had the answer. We had a bit of trouble with the BioLab but we went on the first week they opened so there were a few kinks that needed ironing out. The Toy Room had many red herrings which we struggled with but eventually we did escape (and with a 38% escape rate, it might have just been us).
Overall I would say that most the rooms you may need a hint or two to get on the right track, but you won’t be banging your head on the wall in frustration.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Score: 4.5 of 5.0
The staff has consistently been friendly and helpful. When we returned they instantly recognized us (even after a couple of months). The only troubling part is it might be hard for some people to find parking when you arrive (carpool if you can), but otherwise I can’t complain about the service. Most rooms only allow 3-5 people, with the exception of the Library Lockup allowing up to 8.
The current price was $18 + tax (about 20.34) if you check-in to facebook. It is mid-range in price compared to some of the other escape rooms in the area, but terms of price-per-value it is definitely worth it for the experience.
Overall: Of the North York Escape Rooms, AT Escape is our first choice. If you have a large group, i would recommend breaking off into smaller rooms or attempt the Library Lockup. Otherwise in a group of 4-5 you should comfortably be able to go through their rooms.
For more information check out:
173 Sheppard Avenue W
North York, ON M2N 1M9