August 15

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Exit Strategy – Prison Break

Exit Strategy is located in Burlington wedged between various office buildings.  We contacted Exit Strategy for recommendations and Gamemaster Cassie invited us to try their rooms.  When we arrived we were greeted by Chris, Cassie and their team.  We got down to business, signed off on tablet waivers and we were off.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0

The Prison Break resembles a small town holding cell complete with a iron bars, cot, a sink and various ‘office-type’ furniture.  There were a few elements that felt out of place and took the room from feeling like a ‘real’ prison break onto a ‘fun’ prison break.  Some minor story elements were lacking, but overall it was a well-designed room.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  3.5 of 5.0

The Prison Break uses simple everyday objects that fit the theme, however tech lovers won’t be impressed with this room.  I think the most impressive part was something that didn’t quite fit the theme, but instead was just a fun addition (a simple but interesting engineering feat.. but they get an “A” for effort on that).

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

Overall we were able to get through the room, but we felt there was at least one part that didn’t provide enough direction and included a red herring that led us on a tangent.

The hint system uses a doorbell that signals the gamemasters to provide a hint through an LED display.  You are only allowed 1 hint before its not counted as a win, but otherwise you are allowed unlimited hints. (We used two, because of my unkeen observation skills)

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

Gamemasters Chris, Cassie and their team were great to chat with.  We found out later that they fell in love with escapes before leaving for a trip and spent that vacation planning out puzzles and concepts.  We found out that they will be opening two new rooms in the next few months, so we are definitely curious to see what else they can come up with (and it seems like a Unique Theme too!)

The price was $30 / person, which for a 45 minute experience is on the higher-end.

Overall: 
There is no doubt that Prison Break is the product of hardwork and love of escapes.  With a bit of polish it has the potential to be a great room.

For more information check out:

http://www.exitstrategycanada.ca/
1233 Northside Road,
Burlington, Ontario

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