Real Escape Game – Escape from the Cursed Forest (Bug Test)

Escape From the Cursed Forest is the second large format game we’ve played in Toronto.  The game is hosted by the great team at Real Escape Games with their trademark style of puzzles.  The concept with the large format games is that you are gathered in a large area with different groups (10+ teams of 6 people) and you solve puzzles to escape.  This time around we played the “BUG TEST” version which has all the components of a regular game, but on a trial run.  We also saw E4G there, but we brought some aces of our own (Team Mardi and Team Kayphen).  We had a quick chat with the staff and they brought us to the Cursed Forest.

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

At Cursed Forest there are a few elements that require you to move around the room, but the bulk of the work is done back at your table.  The staff was dressed as fairies, elves and various (mystical/magical) characters.  The let down was really the set design, it did feel like we were attending a grade school production of a forest (and the large masculine fairy in the pink costume didn’t help.).  To offset this there was opening and closing videos and periodic videos with updates which is always a nice touch.

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

Just like Escape the Bank, there wasn’t any inventive tech per se, but there were inventive puzzle designs.  No technical issues either, mainly cause all the puzzles were either contained in our start kit or in specific parts of the venue.

(aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score:  4.5 of 5.0

Escape from the Cursed Forest was another showcase of REG’s excellent puzzle design, with the final-few logical leaps to finally escape (which we didn’t, but E4G did).  The hint system has floating gamemasters that will come by and give you hints.  We requested a few hints and the ever vigilant gamemasters provided them until the final few puzzles.. which seems to be a trend with all our REG experiences.

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

The staff at REG was professional. courteous and fun.

The cost was $28 + tax / person (for our BUG TEST we only paid $5/person + tax).  This price is inline with their other escape rooms however the experience wasn’t as fulfilling, it felt like Escape the Bank again.

Overall:  Escape from the Cursed Forest is a great experiences if you like puzzles, but not so much if you’re a fan of escape rooms.

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