Escape Maze – The Sheriff’s Office

Escape Maze is located in Peterborough and our second visit to the location.  This time we met GM Scott’s entire family, which included GM’s Jake, Mike (who we met at the unconference) and the rest of their family.  Joining us was an Elite team of Escapers who have called themselves “The 805535” which consist of GM’s from Escape the GTA (a very cool crew).  I should mention that even though outside the barn it was looking like a winter apocalypse, thankfully it was warm enough inside that we didn’t need our coats.

Jake reintroduced herself in a full “old timey” costume and played the Escape Maze video for us.  We split off into two teams for our first of two rooms.


Creativity and Design 
(aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.5 of 5.0

The Sheriff’s Office has enough wood to put Home Depot to shame.  The room plays like most prisons, but of course in an older setting.  Just like our first experience with The One Room Schoolhouse, the set design was amazingly done and everything ‘feels like’ its in the right era.  The only confusing thing with the room was the abundance of potential exits, but one of “the 805535” found the way out.

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

The Sheriff’s Office is creative for the tools and objects that are in the room.  Tech lovers wouldn’t have much to sink their teeth in to, but the room has what you would expect in an ‘old time’ jail.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

The room has a variety of puzzles that will challenge various experts and keep multiple groups busy.  I would say this room was harder than the Schoolhouse, so make sure to bring a more seasoned team.

The hint system uses a bell in the room, to ring the Gamemaster in.  We didn’t have any issues with this. (and we didn’t really need any hints with “the 805535”)

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

Gamemaster Jake, Mike and the family were great hosts.  Admittedly we have a soft spot for family businesses and Escape Maze is a great example of a well-oiled (family) engine.

The price was $25 / person, and they are the only escape in Peterborough.

Overall: 
Escape Maze offers a unique out-of-town experience that is educational and family friendly.  The Sheriff’s Office is an immersive take on an old jail cell, so if you are a fan of prison escapes, its a must try.

For more information check out:

http://www.escapemaze.com/
156 Cedar Bank Road,
Peterborough, Ontario

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