Real Escape Game – Escape From the Time Travel Lab

Real Escape Game – Escape From the Time Travel Lab is the second SCRAP game that Company & Company has brought to Toronto.  We were invited by CBC radio producer Tomas Urbina from CBC Radio’s Spark  as part of a field report on the Escape Room craze.  We were recorded as we made our way through the room, which we were joined by a family of 8 who was experiencing Escape Rooms for the first time (Special shoutout to them for being awesome teammates).  Tomas even tried to pitch in here and there with recording equipment in hand.

Escape From the Time Travel Lab (ETTL) is located downtown just about Queen St and Bathurst.  The door is on the lower part of an office complex with a clearly marked door.  The venue itself is fairly large and Gamemaster Scott mentioned they are even opening up a small retail space in the briefing area (what they’ll be selling is beyond me).

Rooms: 1
Reviewed Room: Escape From the Time Travel Lab

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

Score breakdown

Set Design/Theming – 2.5 (out of 2.5) – ETTL is more reminiscent of a classroom lab then a mad-scientist’s lab, but it still does look like a lab.  The major points mainly go to with how they dealt with Time Travel.  It’s very hard to be specific without spoilers, so we’ll just say you’ll have to see it for yourself.  The interns in the room were also a nice touch as well.

Effort / Polish  – 2.5 (out of 2.5) – Clean design, no dollar store materials and effective execution of the Time Travel components.

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

ETTL executes Time Travel in a smart and efficient way that would leave even a mildly interested player engaged.

Score breakdown

Inventive Tech  – 2.5 (out of 2.5) – Time Travel, Nuff said

Technical/Safety Issues – 2.5 (out of 2.5) –  We didn’t experience any tech hiccups during our time (but we weren’t able to break the 88 mph mark in the room).  If you have a flux capacitor and red jacket vest handy i’d definitely bring it (if they allow you to bring it inside).

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score:  5.0 of 5.0 – Possible Spoiler

ETTL offered a wide range of puzzles that kept everyone engaged.  In our group we even had two kids who contributed on observational and analytical puzzles.  Just like REA and LockQuest it provided a unique hint system where the staff would monitor your progress and help you along the way.

Score breakdown

Logical Leaps – 2.0 (out of 2.0) – For the puzzles we finished, they seems straightforward enough for our newbie escapers, and challenging enough for my wife and I.

Puzzle-Flow – 2.0 (out of 2.0) – The game is definitely made for multi-tasking which is perfect for large teams and smaller sub teams.  It’s clear where you need to be and you don’t have everyone necessarily hovering over while you solve a puzzle.

Hint System – 1.0 (out of 1.0) – Monitored by the staff they’ll guide you through the process, if you’re stuck.

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

Staff – 2.5 (out of 2.5) – Phenomenal.  Gamemaster Scott and the unpaid interns did a great job in playing their roles.

Price – 2.5 (out of 2.5) -The current price is $28 + tax per person.  This price is comparable to other venues like REA and LockQuest that offer a similar experience, but definitely high overall for any Escape Room.  We highly recommend this to players who are bored of walkie talkie hints and small stuffy rooms.

Overall: Escape from the Time Travel Lab is one of those rare escape treats.  One of the things Gamemaster Scott mentioned is that Company & Company decided to bring it to town because it was one of the highest rated rooms in multiple cities, and we can definitely see why.  Fun, inventive and engaging, you won’t be disappointed by your trip to ETTL

Special shout out to that family we played with (again) you guys were awesome!

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