The Great Escape Canada

The Great Escape Canada is located in downtown Toronto, and not to be confused with Great Escape in North York (which we wrote a review of).  When we were walking in we noticed a costume shop and discovered after that (for a small fee) you can be in a costume while you play.

Rooms: 2
Reviewed rooms:  The Hangover, (visited but haven’t played, THE FIRST ENDEAVOUR)

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.5 of 5.0

The Hangover was an interesting mix of themes, both a prison and a hotel setting.  The prison setting had the feel of the cold concrete, and handcuffs, but didn’t feel as much as a prison as we have been to in other places (but of course we don’t know how jail cells in Bangkok are).  Some of the props helped the theme of “having a hangover” but took away from the fact that you were supposed to be in a prison (random shoes, clothes and beer bottles everywhere).    Moving on through the room the hotel part had the necessary props and furniture to give it that hotel feel.

When we finished the game the owners/gamemasters invited us to look at their other room “THE FIRST ENDEAVOUR”.  We were surprised at the detail and quality of the rooms as they had very antique and rustic furniture that did fit the theme.  The gamemaster even pointed out that the construction of the shelving was even done in the style of that time period.  It was very impressive.

Bells and Whistles:
Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 2.5 of 5.0

Throughout the Hangover there were quite a few lockboxes.  They made use of some common tech (like a cd player and laptop), but otherwise nothing remarkable and nothing exciting.

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 before coming into the room the gamemaster gave us a heads up.  He mentioned that “THE FIRST ENDEAVOUR” was more linear, while the Hangover was very non-linear.  He mentioned that there were a lot of red herrings scattered around for the purpose of simulating a Hangover.  The red herrings became apparent when we were trying to get our handcuffs off and didn’t know where to start.  Also the final puzzle it wasn’t clear how the combination came together.  But other than a small reset glitch (two similar locks weren’t in the right places) we didn’t have trouble solving most of the puzzles.

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 chat about their business.  It seems that it is family operated and they were more than happy to show off their other room.

The current price is $23 per person (with discounts for group rates).  This is on the higher end, but The Great Escape has some unique themes to their rooms, and remember to book them 24 hours in advance (which is a bit of a sore spot for me).

Overall:  The Great Escape Canada has some great potential, from the set design we saw on THE FIRST ENDEAVOUR, and level of puzzle design on the Hangover the experience was good, but we were hoping for a little more.  They definitely stand out in trying to be inventive in their themes and we’re interested in checking out their new room (a Murder Mystery, where one of the players will be the killer).

For more information check out:
165 Geary Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 2B8