December 04

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Lost Canada – The Lost Den

Lost Canada is located in Downtown Toronto on the intersection of Queen and Markham St.  This was the meeting place for our first team-up with E4G, Errol and Manda.  In contrast to our last visit, they have cleaned up the lobby and the place was packed.  It was so packed that we started 10-15 minutes later than our start time because of staff issues.  

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 2.5 of 5.0

Did it have a theme?  When we got to the room someone asked if it had a story.  The GM was quick to say the room had no story, because it would “only give us hints to the room” (E4G pointed out there was a story on the website).  He simply told us that our goal was to escape…. I think we already knew that part.

Odd furniture selection and lack of polish is how I would describe the design.  The room is wallpapered as a library, but it seems even the wallpaper was trying to escape the room.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  2.0 of to 5.0

None of the tech in the room was used to enhance the story or add any surprise elements.  This may have been a combination of poor room planning and the GM’s unwillingness to take the proper steps to introduce the room.

One good thing about the room is that we had no tech issues.  Our only complaint is one element would reset itself every 30-60 seconds which required us to override it.

There was one minor safety concern in the room.  The structure of the room and usage of tech, would normally have an emergency override to let players out.  However there was no emergency exit or override for the door (and it wouldn’t have hurt to have a fan or better ventilation in the later parts of the game).

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

Puzzles in this room were not difficult however in two cases there was a lack of direction on where to start, which left all 8 of us scratching our heads.

Large logical leaps weren’t apparent with our team, but i question if new players would be able to make the connection between some puzzle elements.

A team of 4-6 players should be enough for this room, because the space gets smaller as you progress through the room.

You can call for hint via an intercom system, which we didn’t have any issues with.

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

The gamemasters were inattentive and made the experience very mechanical.  As I mentioned before, we had a late start due to them being understaffed (and/or under-trained which might also explain the lack of story).

The price is $35 / person for walk-ins, $28 / person if you book online and there are currently groupons.  All of the above are too expensive for a similar 45 min experience elsewhere in the city.

Overall: Lost Canada is 2 for 2 in an overpriced and underwhelming experience.  Even for a groupon experience, I wouldn’t bother.

For more information check out:

http://www.lostcanada.com/
685 Queen St W,
Toronto, ON,
(647)-633-6488

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