Riddle Room – Missing Anatomy
Riddle Room is located near Wellesley station at Yonge-Wellesley. As you make your way up to their venue you’ll notice their huge and inviting game/wait area. On one side they have a wall with boardgames and retro console systems and on another they have a barrista and a wide array of drinks you can order. We sat down and noticed the tables each have their logo etched into them as well. We chatted a bit with the staff and Gamemaster Jeff brought us to our room.
*Sidenote: We tried this room on Opening Day, so might have changed significantly since
*Sidenote #2 we’re trying to simplify our reviews again so if you would like more details contact us.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0
Missing Anatomy has some great props and set design that help with both the puzzles and the immersion. The room almost pulls off a Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde on you in terms of telling the story, which is great. In short it was what you would expect to see in a doctor’s office and then some. It’s hard to describe the rest of the room without spoilers but even though we knew what they were going for it felt more dirty than gritty (one example was we had glue on our hands partway through the room). That being said we wished it was a little more polished (but pretty good for an opening day).
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0
The room contained an interesting custom tech piece but otherwise mixed in traditional lockboxes. We didn’t encounter any technical or safety issues, so overall the room was well done in this regard. (if you are a big fan of Tech you might want to try out their other room Static).
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 3.0 of 5.0
The puzzles were a bit of a miss for us. We felt for a 45 minute room there were too many puzzles, too much information and not enough direction for the puzzles. Since our visit we have heard about changes to the room, so this could be moot, but feel free to contact us and let us know what you think!
The hint system has the gamemasters coming to the room after you call them through the walkie talkie. Pretty standard and we didn’t encounter any issues.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Gamemasters Phil and Jeff were eager to share their story. They started out Riddle Room primarily to setup a nice cafe in the Yonge-Wellesley area because in their words, there wasn’t any good coffee in the area. They definitely have bragging rights as their cafe/boardgame area is the most impressive (we’ve encountered) in the downtown core and they have a barrista who used to work at Snakes and Lattes. In our future review we’ll point out some changes we noticed which shows that they are definitely striving to improve.
The price is $25 / person and is priced like many of their downtown competitors. They currently don’t have online booking and instead take CC information over the phone to book your slots.
Overall: Its hard to say if we liked Riddle Room at this point, to be fair it was their opening day so they were working out the kinks. Look out for our future review!
For more information check out:
579 Yonge Street (2nd Floor)
Toronto, ON, Canada