Freeing Canada – Painter’s Murderer

Freeing Canada is located in Richmond Hill between Major Mackenzie and 16th Ave, on top of a T&T Supermarket.  We decided to revisit their site only a few days after their grand opening.  This time we went with EGR’s Team Malan and Team Mardi.  We were greeted by Gamemasters Ada and Ken again who look like they have been through a few busy nights (which is extraordinary for an opening weekend).  It was a Sunday night so we decided to tackle their easiest room, the Painter’s Murderer (because who wants to do hard stuff on a Sunday).

*Sidenote – we did Painter’s Murderer on the opening weekend so its possible there may have been some changes.

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

The Painter’s Murder is a great in its simplicity.  There are alot of props in the room that would be in a “painter’s room”, like an easel, paint, canvasses and brushes( but then again i’m not exactly an artist).  The endgame is that you need to solve what happened in this room and gather evidence.  The room did feel a little cramped for 6 people, but had enough space and puzzles that would keep us all engaged.  In retrospect though we should have only brought 4 people (especially with breakables in the room).

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  4.5 of 5.0

There was tech (which was great to see in our follow up to doing Unmask) but we weren’t 100% clear how to use it.  Otherwise there wasn’t anything wrong with the room, but it feels that it needed an extra piece to get that perfect score.

(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

It was a fun room!  There was one thing we saw as a red herring, which according to Gamemaster Ada and Ken was not intentional and just part of the decor.  Unfortunately there was also a reset mishap (but probably because of some rough players), but Ken already had an idea how to secure it for future games.  Otherwise there was enough direction and the puzzles weren’t difficult, we would definitely say this room was newbie friendly.

The hint system uses the doorbell system where the gamemasters come into the room to give you hints, which we had no issues with.

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

It was good to see Gamemasters Ada and Ken again they were eager to hear feedback, but this time around we didn’t have much to say.

The price is $28 / person but is offering a 25% discount if you LIKE them on facebook (until August).  We were fortunate to also get a 50% discount after playing on opening day.

Overall:  The Painter’s Murder is a great room.  We ran into a few puzzle related issues, but otherwise the game was simple, polished and overall a great starting point for new players.

For more information check out:
9625 Yonge street, 2F,
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 5T2