November 26

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Mystery Room Downtown – Assassin’s Code

Mystery Room Downtown is an expansion of their original location on Downsview.  It was our second visit to their location(s) on Dundas and we were still confused where to go (because of the two locations across the street from one another).  We lucked out that we chose the right one and met up with Manda and Errol (we came down with CodeGreen from E4G).  After Space Odyssey, we didn’t have high hopes for the room, but saw that other reviewers rated it well.


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

 

To sum up the story: you are pulling off an assassination from a hotel room. The room was decorated pretty well, but shows signs of wear-and-tear.  The room uses a technical element for storytelling and to show story progression, which is great, if you have patience (of the slow pace) and put up with the over-the-top theatrics.  If this room addresses some hanging wires and gritty floors, it has the potential to be a great room.

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

 

Opposite to our experience at Space Odyssey we didn’t experience any tech issues.  Some of the hardware/software components weren’t user-friendly and required us to repeat a task.  For the software/storytelling components, it could be ‘smoothed out’ to avoid loss of game time.  Other than that, it was a interesting room with a variety of tech that added a high level of player interaction.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 4.0 of 5.0

 

The puzzles with a highly-observant team the puzzles were somewhat straightforward.  The storytelling component of the room gives enough clues and direction that most teams should find their way out of this room.    The room started off with a bit of a ‘red herring’ which we needed to call a clue for.  The other frustrating parts were mentioned in the tech section, but puzzle-wise the room was straight forward.  

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

The mystery room staff member was friendly and double checked the room prior to us entering (which caused us to have a late start, but must have prevented tech issues).

The current price was $22 , however they offer discounts to larger groups.  When we booked online it required a 40% deposit via paypal.

Overall:  (I can’t believe I’m saying this but..) .. The room wasn’t bad.  It wouldn’t be a room I highly recommend, but definitely a room to try after you’ve already exhausted the other options and are bored on a monday/tuesday/wednesday night.

For more information check out:

http://mysteryroomonline.com/
422 Dundas St. W
Toronto, ON

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