Roundabout

Roundabout Canada is located downtown in the Yonge-Dundas area, situated just above a Marble Slab Creamery.  They are literally a walking distance from some of our favourites, Captive and Trapped!.  In our first few visits we went with our friends at ERA and Team Mardi.  Their lobby is a bit bare, but it seems they are using every ounce of space for their games.  Now onto the review!

Rooms: 5
Rooms Reviewed: Final Destination (2-6), Back to the Mummy (2-6), Butcher’s Basement (2-6)

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

The one thing we noticed at Roundabout was the high quality of their props and sets.  Final Destination feels like an airplane complete with everything from the seats to the overhead compartments.  Back to the Mummy has inscriptions in the wall and the Butcher’s Basement has a large freezer door.  Its hard to talk about the rest without spoilers, but all of these definitely help with the immersion.  I would be curious to see how much more they could do with more space because of how nicely the rooms are put together, but because of their location they are limited to small rooms.  One thing I would recommend is for any of their rooms to stay at 4 people, instead of the max of 6.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  3.5 of 5.0 for Final Destination, 5.0 of 5.0 for Back to the Mummy and Butcher’s Basement

The majority of their rooms contained various types of lockboxes, however Back to the Mummy had two well-placed tech pieces, while Butcher’s basement had some interesting pieces and finishes nicely.

For The Final Destination here’s our score breakdown:
Inventive Tech  – 1.0 (out of 2.5)  – It had one fun element we haven’t come across before, but we actually missed it and was able to complete the room without it.

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:  4.0 of 5.0

The puzzles at Roundabout were somewhat straightforward, but for each room we probably required at least 1 hint.  One consistent thing we encountered was “Too-much-info-and-not-enough-direction” where similar locks were used or requiring us to use a particular tool more than once.

Overall:
Logical Leaps – 1.5 (out of 2.0) -We required a hint to get on the right track.

Puzzle-Flow – 1.5 (out of 2.0) – With “too much info and not enough direction”, we were confused where to go at times.

Hint System – 1.0 of 1.0 – standard walkie-talkie hints.  We had no tech malfunctions which definitely helped.

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

We spoke to Gamemaster Ken for at least an hour in a post-game talk about potential improvements on the rooms we have played and he was very receptive of our comments.  A big shout out to Gamemaster Lauren for being the most enthusiastic of the bunch and she actually participated in the Puzzle Hunt as well!.

The price is $25 / person plus tax, and you might be able to use some discount codes (for 10% off).  Compared to their Yonge-Dundas neighbours it is priced appropriately.

Overall:  The refreshing thing about Roundabout is the quality of their sets and props.  At this point I might even say that they have the most impressive props and set design in the city.  We look forward to their future rooms and constant improvements as they are a welcome addition to the city.

For more information check out:

http://roundaboutcanada.com/
2nd floor, 330 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
647-712-2688

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