September 09

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Exodus Escape Rooms – Gemini

Exodus Escape Rooms is located just behind London’s City Hall, underneath an apartment complex.  It was our second room in London, and we actually circled around a few times before calling them.  When we arrived we noticed the solid grey, pinks and black around the room.  We were greeted by the gamemasters who introduced us to GM Chris (which all the GMs had nice lanyards with their names on them).  We were recommended to check out Gemini, knowing full well it had no theme but more of a focus on puzzles.

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

It’s hard to give them any score for the room for theme.  Much like Adventure Rooms, this room focuses on the puzzles versus a story.  The room was well put together, but overall without any story we didn’t think it would be fair to give it a score.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  3.0 of 5.0

The room was creative with what they used, but there wasn’t anything really that added to the gameplay mechanic.  There were some fun tidbits here and there, but overall the room was a simple and straightforward puzzle room.

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

The standout feature of the room was the puzzles.  They were for the most part intuitive and provided enough direction..  The only thing we didn’t enjoy was a particular red herring that was fairly time consuming.  My wife spent the better part of 10-20 minutes to finish what we thought was a puzzle, but it ended up being nothing.  In the meanwhile I did manage to complete a few puzzles, but we could have progressed farther.

With that being said this room needs at least 4-6 players to effectively finish the room.  We went in with two and only got 50-60% of the room.  

Hints are given via a walkie-talkie and the gamemasters might chime in if they see you are really stuck.

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

The staff was friendly and well organized.  The check-in and intro process was efficient and one of the smoothest we’ve been through in Ontario.  Gamemaster Chris was exceptionally great as he was thorough and enthusiastic, so that definitely helped our experience.

The price was $25 / person with a minimum charge of 3 players ($75).  Which for the experience was fair for the quality of puzzles given their competition in the area.

Overall:  
Exodus was a relatively pleasant experience for a puzzle room.  One of the things we’ve learned in our escaping is that good puzzles are very hard to come by.  Gemini definitely excels in this regard and we hope to revisit Exodus to try one of their themed rooms.  We would recommend this room for a team building experience, but not so much for an immersive experience.

For more information check out:

http://www.exoduslondon.com/
520 Wellington Street Unit 5,
London, Ontario

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