Origin Room Break
Origin Room Break (aka ORB) is located in my hometown of Richmond Hill in a plaza that is/was home to favourites like the Grande Cheese Factory, China Buffet King, Blockbuster, and H-Mart (a korean grocer). My wife discovered Origin Room Break by accident on a facebook search and we booked it right away. Unfortunately we didn’t notice that we actually booked it for Saturday night when we meant to book for Friday night. Still the gamemasters made their way to the door and let us in the review their most popular game Vampire.
Reviewed rooms: Vampire
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 3.0 of 5.0
Vampire does have an interesting set design. The story is that you are a group of vampire hunters out to eliminate an all-powerful vampire (Brad) who is taking a 1 hour power nap. Half of your team captured in a failed attempt to take Brad out and the other team is trying to free you. The room was dimly lit, but definitely enough lighting to see without holding a flashlight to everything (which was nice). The room combines an interesting combination of ‘cool technology’ and dollar store items which don’t really go together well, but much better than some of the other places we’ve been do. It would have been nice if they could have hidden some of their exposed wires as well, so with that definitely an “A” for effort, but a “C” in polish.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 4.0 of 5.0
My Brother-in-law who has been a big part of our review team has pointed out that these technological components (the ones found in most chinese owned places) can be bought on Taobao.com. When you start to see these repeatedly it gives you this weariness because it almost seems lazy if not executed with the theme.
ORB has some great uses of technology, but some of them feel misplaced from the theme. The double edged sword with using too much technology is if it doesn’t work (it will ruin the experience) and unfortunately with some other places that’s just the case. Fortunately with ORB, in our visit, nothing seemed to malfunction and everything technological seemed to work! The best executed part was definitely at the end.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0
The puzzles in Vampire were a hit-and-miss. Some of the puzzles we flew by without any major problems. But there were two in particular that stumped us. The first one was arguable and *spoiler alert* may require you to have a good knowledge of chess. Its definitely hard to explain the second one without spoilers but I did like part of Vampire the most because it offered an “Alternate ending” (as the gamemaster put it). However it wasn’t clear that there were two paths to us, so we split off into two different trains of thought.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0
The gamemaster at ORB was friendly and accommodating. They were even willing to walk through the puzzles with us at the end. It doesn’t seem they will be opening any new rooms any time soon.
Their current price is $20/Person on weekdays, $25.00/Person Weekends with a grand opening promotion of 50% off, after liking them on facebook. With the 50% off they are currently one of the cheapest in the city, so go and take advantage of it while you can (if you’re a first time goer).
For more information check out:
9737 Yonge St, Unit 102
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1V7
647-793-6318 / 416-729-6720