June 27

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Roundabout – The Prisoner

Roundabout Canada is located downtown in the Yonge-Dundas area, situated just above a Marble Slab Creamery. We went with EGR’s Team Kayphen to try out the final game of their initial launch, The Prisoner.

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

Hands down it is one of the most authentic and well designed prison cells we have been to in the city (the only comparable games are AT Escape’s and Escape Games).  You can’t go wrong with movie quality props that have clearly been well put together.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  5.0 of 5.0

Surprisingly this prison had quite a few high tech pieces (that fit the theme).  They play nicely into the overall flow and story so we had no complaints.  We didn’t experience any technical difficulties or safety issues so that was definitely a bonus.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score:  3.5 of 5.0 (our score reflects everything before the changes mentioned below)

At the time we played the game it was only a 45 minute room which we felt wasn’t enough time for the puzzles.  However we found out recently the room has been changed to a 60 minute room (which we feel is a fair amount of time).  We did experience two cases of too-much-info-not-enough-direction, but learned that the Prisoner was still a work in progress (they had already made a few changes from other reviewers comments).  The puzzles themselves weren’t difficult but I would recommend bringing a team with strong observational and communication skills.  On the difficulty scale (after the changes) i’d rate it 6-8 out of 10, just for the amount of puzzles and things you have to find.

The hint system uses walkie talkies which brings the staff to the room.  We didn’t have any issues with the walkie talkie or the staff.

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

It was good chatting with Gamemaster Ken.  In our visits he’s always willing to take our feedback and comments even though it seems like we’ve kept him there for a couple extra hours.  The poor guy has deeper and darker eye bags everytime we see him, so we can imagine he’s burning the midnight oil trying to improve his games.

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:  Roundabout continues to impress us with their great set designs and props.  We hope they keep making more rooms (or expand) to see what other cool things they can come up with.

For more information check out:

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

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