Prison Breaker

Prison Breaker is located in the same plaza as Pacific Mall (just on the surrounding plaza aka Market Village).  We came here after our experience in Locked-IN , which I recommend you read that through.

Rooms: 3
Reviewed rooms:  Cold Case, HERO, Poker Room

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0

From the rooms we tried they fit the theme very well.  The HERO room is a very nicely designed toy room, although it contained a few lockboxes  it had with an interesting twist to it that was half of the room’s puzzles.   I’m a bit of a superhero nut so i was interested to see how they tied into the puzzles and was hoping for more when i first walked in, but was satisfied when i left.  Cold Case, which they say is there more popular room was well designed for the theme.  I won’t spoil it because the great part was in the details, but from beginning to end you won’t be disappointed.  Prison Room gives feel of a shady poker room.

Overall I would have to say that the gamemasters at Prison Breaker do their best to simulate these experiences, compared to some of the other places it lacks some of the finer polish, but they cover all of the fun elements.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 4.0 of 5.0

Prison Breaker doesn’t fully rely on lockboxes, which is great.  There are some mechanical portions and one part of HERO that tests your manual dexterity.  To be fair they aren’t as advanced as some of the other highly rated “Bells and Whistle” venues, but instead they make excellent use of what they have, and some interesting engineering to make a satisfying experience.  If you’ve ever played the game “mouse trap” you’ll understand what I mean when you try out “HERO”.  Cold Case and Poker room both have their strengths and weaknesses, yet they also have some crafty puzzles to figure out.

Overall even though they don’t have the fancy electronic locks, Prison Breaker has some interesting (mechanical) applications to their puzzle designs which still make it fun and keep you engaged.

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

Even though we struggled with HERO, the rooms provide you with all the necessary clues and tools you need to solve the puzzles.  There were a few red herrings but the staff warned ahead of time not to get caught up on certain parts.  The only frustrating part (but equally fun) was the part that requires ‘manual dexterity’, but the gamemasters have already commented they were going to improve on it.  Otherwise both Poker Room and Cold Case were straightforward and easy to run through (or we could have been on a hot streak).  Thankfully their hint system works well, so even if you are stuck they will be with you within a few minutes.

Overall most of the teams we have brought haven’t had trouble with the puzzles, and even if we did, the gamemasters warned us ahead of time.

Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0

The staff was probably the friendliest and most enthusiastic of all the ones mentioned so far.  Infact they even went as far to recommend us to another place (Decipher Rooms) once we finish the other rooms.  They were open to suggestions and invited you to use their facilities (like their dart machine).

The current price is $15 , if you check in via facebook.

Overall:  Although they lack some of the polish on set designs that other room escapes do, the puzzles are intuitive and they keep you engaged with their design.   I would have to say, if I wanted to go for the $15 rooms, in the GTA I would make a return trip to Prison Breaker.

For more information check out:
4394 Steeles Ave. West, 2nd Floor, Unit D222
Markham, ON, L3R 9V9