Locked-In Room Escape

Locked-In is located just across the street from Pacific Mall (if you don’t know where that is you don’t have enough Asian friends).  We only tried the Secret level, which was their hardest room, however it was vexing on many levels.

Rooms: 4
Reviewed rooms:  Locked in the Secret Level

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

Score
: 4.0 of 5.0

But before that, the room was decorated as if you were playing a game of Super M___o, although the room did feel a bit empty.  When the room was almost completed there were alot of items that didn’t feel like they met the theme.  To be fair when expecting to go into a room like that some music might have been a good idea to add to the atmosphere (if you go that far to copy a room might as well go all the way).


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

Score: 1.0 of 5.0

Lockboxes and more lockboxes.  At this point I have experienced a number of the most difficult rooms from a number of places, however i could not understand with a room with so much potential that it resulted in lockbox after lockbox.  Nothing that hasn’t been already seen.

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

“Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?” YES you did.

It says alot about a room when the gamemaster comes in the room and says “Oh you’re still on the first puzzle?”. But more on that later.

Puzzles were obscure and with all the lockboxes, it was hard to see what puzzle applied to what lockbox.  Even though we did reach the end (through outside-the-box escaping), we were puzzled and frustrated with the loops we had to go through to solve it.

I would have to say that a rewarding experience is when you escape without wanting to break every lockbox in the room to get the contents.  This wasn’t one of those times.

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

Score: 0.0 of 5.0

The staff is another story.  It started with the staff requesting that inorder to get the discounted price you needed to

– check-in on facebook
– like their facebook page
– friend their other facebook account

In all other cases, having one person in the group doing this would be acceptable for the discount.  However everyone in the group, even for my wife (who doesn’t have a data plan on her phone) was required to do this to get the discount.  They provided her with their iphone to do this.  (at this point i was saying, maybe i should leave, i should have listened).

The second part was , as mentioned above, when asking for a clue we were stuck right off the bat, and their comment was “Oh you’re still on the first puzzle ?”.  For a free hint we don’t want to be judged whether we are on the first puzzle or on the last puzzle, we need a hint, which the staff member later determined there was a mistake on the answer itself.

Not only all that we actually had a hard time finding the venue, (its located on the 2nd floor of an office building).
The current price was $15 , if you do all the above that i mentioned.

Overall:  Locked-In has possibly been my worst experience yet.  Its definitely possible that the stars were aligned and that just everything that could have went wrong, went wrong.  But I don’t see myself getting Locked-In again.

For more information check out:

http://www.locked-in.ca/

4631 Steeles Avenue East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M1V 4S5
647-848-0280

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