June 27

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Riddle Room – Static

Riddle Room is located near Wellesley station at Yonge-Wellesley.  This was our return visit to Riddle room after 3 weeks.  We didn’t know what to book so we decided to take a chance with their tech-based room.  For more info on the previous room you can read our Original review.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 3.0 of 5.0

Static is different from Missing Anatomy in that there is no real theme,  long story short its a fancy puzzle room.  At one point in the room it feels they just glue-gunned components onto the wall.    However they do have two very impressive displays in another room.  Does it make up for the lack of polish and theme? Not for us.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

For the most part the tech was engaging and fun.  There was one particular piece that surprisingly had alternative paths which was cleverly executed.  One quirk about our experience was a glitch that gave us the final puzzle at the 50% mark.  We were confused at this point on what to solve and had to call in a hint to set us on the right way.  However I should note that it was interesting in the way they used their tech in a “meta” sense to combine certain elements (which we haven’t seen in too many places).

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

With Static we felt for the most part the puzzles were fair, they were simple and guided you.  There were a few puzzle related issues.  One puzzle had a red-herring on a task-based puzzle which made it slightly frustrating and one tech-related puzzle was hard to complete without the help of another player.  I would definitely recommend this room for 4 or more players, as it has some open-game elements.

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

We were glad to see Riddle room was hustling and bustling with a rush of clientele but Gamemasters Phil and Jeff still made time to chat with us.  We noticed some small changes to the venue like a new Photobooth area for their players (in the post game, where most places would just take photos).

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:  Even though Static was a bit of a miss for us, it still has some fun components.  Riddle Room’s custom components show that they have the ability to combine complex tech into their puzzles.  I think that once they start including that into theme elements it will give them a leg up to lots of their competition.  The photobooth is a clever and innovative take on a common end-game element.  Less people taking pictures means more gamemasters to run rooms.  Overall I would have to say i’m excited to see how Riddle Room continues to evolve.

For more information check out:

http://riddleroom.ca/
579 Yonge Street (2nd Floor)
Toronto, ON, Canada
647-344-2637

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