November 21

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PANI.Q. Room Escapes

PANI.Q is located in Mississauga one of only two in that part of that city (unlike Markham and Scarborough where new ones seem to pop up every month).  After some friendly Twitter banter we decided to make the trip over to Mississauga and see what PANI.Q  was all about.

We were greeted by gamemaster John who was eager to show us around and talk about his place.  The interesting part of the complex is that they have a chain fence on the wall where all previous players pictures (say that 3 times fast) are locked into the fence.  John also threw a surprise at us that he was related to a gamemaster over at Decipher Rooms.  After our tour we could definitely see PAN.I.Q  was Decipher Rooms’ west side cousin, with their similar layout and very relaxed atmosphere.

Rooms: 3
Reviewed rooms:  The Dark Room

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

The Dark Room was a treat.  The concept is that you are intelligence officers looking for evidence of wrong doing in a darkroom.  The room contains unique lighting and various antique/heavy duty recording equipment that fit the theme.  We would have loved to see more integration with these devices and the puzzles.  But to this date this is the first time we’ve seen a room like this, so they definitely get points for originality.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0

The Dark Room puzzles mainly rely on lockboxes, but there were two interesting elements as part of the puzzles.  We can’t say much more (mainly cause we’d be spoiling quite a bit).

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

For the most part the room was very straightforward.  We were stumped on one particular puzzle, but the hint they gave us was straightforward and put is back on track.  Our only frustration was on one of the ‘interesting’ elements because we were a few seconds away from calling for a hint just to ‘open it’.

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

John the gamemaster was friendly and great to chat with.  In our frantic search to get out, we accidentally knocked over his lamp (and maybe broke it).  John rushed in to check if we were alright and didn’t think twice about the lamp.

Their current price is $24.99/ Person (25% discount with a like, comment, and share on facebook), which for the area is comparable with their competitors.

Overall: We can definitely see PANI.Q Room Escape is on the right track and we are looking forward to future visits.  If you’re in the Mississauaga area and itching for something to do, give the Dark Room a try and let us know what you think!

For more information check out:

http://paniq.ca/
1065 Canadian Place, Unit 132
Mississauga, ON L4W 0B8
289-521-5625

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