Perplexity Escape Games

Perplexity Escape Games is located in Brampton (and as of right now is the first Brampton escape).  For us going to a new place is always a gamble especially when we have to travel from Markham (especially when its on a whim, like it normally is).  We were lucky to have a double-escape-date with the Elumir’s, Errol and Keren (from ERA).  When we entered there was a reception table on one end of the hall and a meeting room on the other end.  The meeting room had a few tables, boardgames and a comfy couch.  The complex itself is pretty large and it seems they are aiming to open another 2 rooms. But for now, onto the review.

Rooms: 3
Rooms Reviewed: The Short Cut (4-10), Kate’s Motel (3-6)

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 5.0 of 5.0 for Kate’s Motel,  4.0 of 5.0 for The Short Cut

For Kate’s Motel we were impressed with the level of detail in the room.  Dated furniture that looks like it was from the 80’s (or older) and convincing props (thankfully no dollar store props).  Overall a great experience because of the little design touches that helped with the immersion.

The Short Cut was great in some areas, but lacking in others.  We definitely give them high marks for some of the props they used which made the puzzles enjoyable (and accurate according to our experts).  Because of our adventures thus far, we feel they weren’t up there for a perfect score for the set design, but was good overall.  But it did accomplish the job of giving us that creepy, scary feeling.

For The Short Cut
Set Design/Theming – 2.0 (out of 2.5) –  Overall a great job, but we feel the set design needed something more to get that perfect score.

Effort / Polish  – 2.0 (out of 2.5) –  great props and a surprise element.  I think my only quirk was the final exit could have been executed a bit better.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  5.0 of 5.0 for Kate’s Motel, 3.5 of 5.0 The Short Cut

Kate’s Motel was nicely done.  It doesn’t compare to the tech heavy giants in Markham, but there were some fun tech elements that were well integrated into the set design.  We had a minor prop problem, which i think could have been avoided on our own end.  However the gamemasters were very quick and quiet (like ninjas) to replace it without us knowing.

The Short Cut lacks the same fun tech we saw in Kate’s Motel, but has some interesting prop related puzzles.  The good thing is we didn’t have any tech malfunctions.

For The Short Cut
Inventive Tech  – 1.0 (out of 2.5)  – No fun elements like Kate’s and mainly lockboxes.

Technical/Safety Issues – 2.5 (out of 2.5) – No tech issues.

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 for both rooms

I think Perplexity’s strong point was in their puzzle design.  In either room we didn’t feel there was any large logical leaps and it was obvious where the next puzzle was leading you towards.  With the Short Cut, we felt that perhaps it was a little too linear towards the end, but this wasn’t a major issue.  The hint system used walkie-talkies where the staff would come in and help you out.  One thing I would stress is that their recommended number of players is important.

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

We had a quick chat with the gamemasters who were just as enthusiastic as us about escaping.  After attending 35ish escapes themselves, their experience shows in their games in their polished puzzle design.  Great staff, albeit inexperienced at this point, we look forward to seeing them grow.

The price for is $23.99 / person with a 10% discount for a facebook check-in.  Compared to their neighbours I would have to say it is priced appropriately (where $28/person would be too much).

Overall:  The important thing we haven’t mentioned in our review is that we had fun.  We never felt at any time the puzzles were too complicated or the tech was too gimmicky.  Perplexity Escape Games probably has the hardest part already figured out, the puzzles.  They are a great new entry on the west end and we are looking forward to their new rooms.

For more information check out:

http://www.perplexity.ca/
56 Bramsteele Road, Unit 2
Brampton, ON
905-595-8583

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