Mission 45 is located in a plaza beside a mattress store. Which i’m told used to be a sushi restaurant. We called ahead and only had a group of 3 so they only had Mr. Locksmith available. We were told we needed a group of 5, to play Prison Break or Curse of the Pharaohs.
Reviewed rooms: Mr Locksmith, Curse of the Pharaohs
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 3.0 of 5.0
This room had a number of lockboxes, but i’ll come back to that later. There were a few parts that were of ‘dollar-store’ quality, and some furniture pieces that would have fit the era, but because of the placement and missing pieces it just felt like random furniture in a room.
Thankfully this room didn’t require a flashlight, because if it did it would have been difficult (and frustrating).
Curse of the Pharaohs has a number of interesting touches, but it never really feels like egypt, a tomb or a pyramid.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0
Mission 45 did rely on a number of locks and lockboxes. There was one puzzle that involved the furniture, which was great to see, but only made me feel that they could have tried harder. Otherwise there were 2 new types of _____(blurred out so no spoilers) that we found only in this place that were equal parts frustrating and fun to solve. But a lockbox is a lockbox, there wasn’t much inventiveness at Mission 45’s Mr. Locksmith. However we were told by the owner/gamemaster that their 5 people rooms had electronic locks.
Curse of the Pharaohs does have more tech into the room. The tech is interesting but parts of it feels forced into the room to make it ‘cool’. There is one particular puzzle though that was fun and well done.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 4.0 of 5.0
Even though it was mainly lockboxes, somehow the flow of the puzzles seemed straightforward and overall it was solvable. The only parts that stumped us were the 2 types of ______ (mentioned above), but otherwise a fun and rewarding puzzle.
Curse of the Pharaohs had 1 or 2 instances of “Too-much-info-not-enough-direction”, but overall the puzzles weren’t overly difficult, there was just quite a few things to do.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Score: 4.0 of 5.0
The staff wasn’t the friendliest but they weren’t the worse either. They were very responsive when we needed a hint, but required all of us to check-in or use WeChat to get the discount. After speaking with the gamemaster he admitted that you would physicially need 5 players to complete the 5 player rooms. The gamemaster mentioned to me that he is also an engineer by trade, so i hope that translates into little-to-no-bugs for his rooms.
The current price is $15 , if you check in via facebook or WeChat (the chinese version of WhatsApp).
Overall: I can’t say I was impressed with Mr. Locksmith, but the logical flow made it easy enough to solve. We’ll probably revisit Mission 45 with a larger team to see their more popular rooms.
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4500 Sheppard Ave East, Unit 101A
Toronto, ON, M1S 1V2