Improbable Escape – The Great Escape

Improbable Escape is located on Bagot St. near Princess St in Kingston.  It was our first stop-over before we arrived in Ottawa and a bit of a homecoming for me (I’m a Queens U grad).  When we arrived at Improbable we were taken in by their unique lobby and Vinyl lounge.  We chatted with Gamemaster Caroline for a bit before she gave us the spiel on their first game “The Great Escape”.

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

The story is that you were going to someones house to find the golden record.  Your friend goes in first and doesn’t come out, so you go in after to find them.  I’d have to say if this was someone’s real house it was very.. eccentric.  There was an interesting mix of props and furniture that leaves you wondering if Reginald is a hoarder or just messy.  I guess the best way to visualize it is if Willy Wonka had a cousin that loved music, his apartment might look like this.  There was only two things I was hoping for: 1) more polish on the set design and 2) the end fell a bit flat.  Overall it was a vibrant and colourful take on the heist theme, but it felt more like an elaborate puzzle room.

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

There were quite a few interesting elements used in creative ways for both high and low tech.  The only thing is that the tech (like the theme) was a mish-mash of various things.  Was it fun? yes? but not cohesive.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  4.5 of 5.0

One thing they had polished was FUN puzzles.  We were never too frustrated because there weren’t any major logical leaps and for the most part they provided enough direction.

Unfortunately we were asked not to talk about the hint system, but we only had a minor issue with it (the clues weren’t 100% clear)

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

Gamemaster Caroline was great to chat with and a pleasure to meet.  She told us about their new room “the Office” but was very tight lipped on the details.

The prices scale differently with 2-8 players is $23.75 each, 9-16 s $22.75 each, and 17 + players is $21.75 (All prices are tax inclusive).  For this experience it is higher than its Toronto counterparts, but a great Kingston experience.

Overall: Improbable Escapes is a great entry into Kingston.  We loved their puzzles and even though the theme and tech was a melting pot of various things, the most important thing is that we had fun in there.

For more information check out:
298 Bagot Street
Kingston, ON