September 29


ESC-IT – Bedroom Nightmare

ESC-IT is located in Markham, just across Markville mall.  We knew about their latest room for a few weeks, but didn’t have time (because of our various summer trips).  We told Errol from ERA and he brought along his daughter Ekko (who is a 14-year old Puzzle Solving Juggernaut).  

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level):
– Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 3.5 of 5.0

The Bedroom Nightmare was a simple room that had everything you’d expect to see in a bedroom (a desk, bed, dresser and various decor).  It’s hard to find much wrong since the room was so simple, but there were parts of the room that felt messy, dusty and very roughly thrown together (so it lacked polish).  We would have liked to see more story integration into the room, as it felt more like a puzzle bedroom than anything else.

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

The problem with doing ESC-IT so late in the game (after doing all these great rooms) is that it feels derivative of other rooms, but there is a good chance it’s actually the other way around (since ESC-IT was in the game so early on).  We had an issue with one of our ‘tools’ which when it was replaced it changed the game from ‘slightly’ annoying to ‘lets break some records’ (unfortunately we didn’t).  There wasn’t any safety related issues, but there wasn’t anything impressive of the room.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 2.5 of 5.0  *May contain spoilers*

The room played mostly linear, however as a primary searcher I was stuck on sifting through props for a good 10-15 minutes (because of the sheer amount of them… almost on the verge of being a red herring).  The puzzles themselves weren’t difficult but also weren’t too creative.  Its rare that I’m the strongest math escaper, but this time I was useful in that regard.

The hint system uses a door bell system where you call in the GM for hints.  We had no issues.

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

The staff is friendly as always.  One of them had an interesting chat with Errol about Totoro.

The current price was $15/person but only if you check-in to Facebook and pay cash.

Overall:  Bedroom Nightmare is one of ESC-IT’s classic rooms, but it’s a very plain room.  This review would probably have been different a year ago, but we don’t regret doing it now.  You still can’t beat $15 / person, but only if you want a mediocre experience.

For more information check out:
5051 Highway 7 Unit 10 & 11
Markham, ON L3R 1N3