November 19


Escape Games – Counter Ops

Escape Games is located right near Downsview Station at Dufferin and Sheppard.

We brought Team Malan, Kayphen and Chewy along to try this generation one room that was notorious for beating the best-of-the-best.

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

The set design and props for Counter Ops felt somewhat bare compared to their other rooms.  The objective is to disarm a bomb, in what seems to be a warehouse-type setting.  What was impressive was the use of a multi-level room that had an interesting flow to the story.  Just like End of the Line, for a Generation 1 room (at Escape Games) it was good, but after being spoiled by their Generation 2 rooms (the Unknown, Noriko and Syndicate) we wished for more polish.

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

Compared to the Generation 2 rooms this room was lacking tech and kept it simple.  Tech lovers would probably not find much to be impressed with, but it is still a level above the average escape room.  We didn’t find any safety related issues.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 3.0 of 5.0

The room is tough.  The level of puzzles will require you to bring a team that is highly observant and good with pattern recognition.  As the game went on,  we wasted time on a few puzzles that may or may not require a logical leap or two.  (Escape Wisdom Lesson: don’t play a room too late, nobody will be running at 100%).  This room is definitely not recommended for new players and not for teams with less than 4.

The hint system uses a standard walkie-talkie hint, if you go above 1 hint it’s not considered a win.

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

The Escape Games Army continues to work like a well oiled machine (albeit the last few games were running late.. but in our favour).

The prices can be found here (it gets complicated to explain) and the price for the experience is one of the best in the city (we usually book 2 back-to-back).

Overall: Counter Ops does offer a “Lite” version of the game, but for regular Counter Ops bring a team that likes a challenge.  Challenge aside the room doesn’t offer anything new or exciting, but if you’re already there, try some of their generation 1 rooms.

For more information check out:
11 Kodiak Crescent
Toronto, ON M3J 0G7