Casa Loma Escape Series – Escape From The Tower

Escape From the Tower is located on the tower entrance at Casa Loma (which was surprisingly hard to find at night).  We had been planning it for a few weeks after speaking to friends and other bloggers.  We teamed up with Team Mardi, Kayphen and Escapers4G (E4G) (who brought their teamwork, lots of sugar and awesomeness) for this large 12 person game.  We were brought in for a brief intro video and thrown right into the (sweltering.. it was really really hot) tower.

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

As you walk in you’re introduced to one of the main actors who follows you through the experience, which adds to both the immersion and helps with the narrative.  Your mission is to help Private Murphy get a message out on enemy locations to allied troops.  The props had the authentic feel of the WW2 era (minus 1 or 2 puzzles) but there was no beating doing a story IN Casa Loma.  Overall one of the better immersive experiences we’ve been to.

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

This is where we felt they fell a little short.  As impressive as how things looked there were a couple missed opportunities to really impress us with their tech.  There were parts that it felt the tech was there, but it either didn’t work, or the actors applied smoke and mirrors to make it seem like it was supposed to work (in one particular case the actor.. who might have been in character.. blamed it on us for unplugging something).  The ‘ending’ could have been a real technical masterpiece, but from our observations it seemed like it was manually triggered rather than tech working properly.

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

We are also somewhat mixed about the puzzles.  The Company and Co staff applied their REG magic and had the ingame actors as gamemasters and characters.  If an appropriate time has passed they will give out hints until you find your way onto the next part.  This is what makes REG and Escape Casa Loma very hard to evaluate because you are never really stuck for long.  There were a few puzzle we felt were harder than average, that could have used some more direction (which is provided by the actors after the fact).  Of course throw in the usual “We’ll help you through all the puzzles.. except that last one” and you’ve completed the REG/Company & Co. experience.

It was great to be teamed up with Escapers4G (E4G) (aka Team Lightning in a Bottle) because with two expert teams, it helped us plow through the obvious puzzle.

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

The staff was friendly and the actors did a great job of staying in character (even to the point at yelling at us).  We also ran into some other familiar gamemaster (Gamemaster Scott from REG’s Escape From the Time Travel Lab).

The price was $36 / person for weeknight and $42 / person on weekend.  This is by far the most expensive escape in the city.  However that being said, they are currently sold out until 2016.

Escape from the Tower offers what we hope is the next level up for an escaping experience.  Its high level of immersion throws you right in the story and the gamemasters make sure you’re never fully frustrated.  I would recommend this to people who have been escaping at least once to really appreciate it.

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