Freeing Canada – Mission Incredible
Freeing Canada is located in Richmond Hill between Major Mackenzie and 16th Ave, on top of a T&T Supermarket. We had just finished Omescape’s latest and decided it do another one. This time we went with EGR’s Team Kayphen, Malan and Mardi (which is pretty much our “A” team, minus 1 or 2 pieces). Gamemasters Ada and Ken again were behind the big desk at the top of the stairs to greet us. We knew ahead of time this was their “Laser room” and after doing Trapped!’s Diamond Heist and Omescape’s Penitentiary those rooms set the bar high.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 5.0 of 5.0
Mission Incredible does a good job of combining a high-tech heist while keeping the ‘museum/art gallery’ elements as part of the theme. We almost wish they had more space as we again brought the maximum number of people and at some points it felt crammed. The props felt solid and the hidden elements were cleverly executed (better than most escape venues). What we really thought was the highlight was the Lasers (and if you’ve read enough of our reviews that might shock you). In terms of a “solid and sturdy design for a laser room ” Mission Incredible has the best design we have seen.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0
If we hadn’t played Diamond Heist the previous day we might have called Mission Incredible our favourite Laser room. Mission Incredible was still impressive with the no-fault design (as i mentioned before) and an interesting gameplay element. I won’t go into spoilers (email me if you’re curious) but the gist is all your team members will be required to do their best Catherine Zeta-Jones (ala Entrapment). There were a few other “that was cool” moments that involved clever puzzles marriaged with tech and even some simpler implementations. We didn’t have any issues so that definitely merits a perfect score.
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
There was one puzzle that required a logical leap that wasn’t obvious to us, we understood the concept, but the results from the group consensus didn’t give us the needed code (after which we started to brute force). The second puzzle near the end we didn’t think had enough direction. We had experienced a similar puzzle before, but there wasn’t any indication on what we were supposed to focus on (i guess a variation on too much info-not-enough-direction). Other than 2 of the 8-10 puzzles in that room they were fun and well thought-out.
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?
As always it was a pleasure to chat with Gamemasters Ada and Ken again they are always quick to offer free popcorn and listen to our feedback.
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: Mission Incredible lives up to its name. A great (laser) room with fun and challenging elements. Unmask and Mission Incredible are easily our favourite rooms at Freeing so far.
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9625 Yonge street, 2F,
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 5T2