Red Button Rooms – The Psychologist’s Wife

Red Button Rooms is located on King St W in Downtown Toronto near Spadina.  It’s a bit tricky to find, so make sure to read the website on directions.  Playing with us were the Escape Room titans: Errol, Manda and EGR’s Team Kayphen.   We were greeted by GM Steph who got us through the motions of waivers/payment and walked us over to their briefing room.

** We played this game on their Opening Night.  So its possible some of these comments may be invalid by the time you experience the room.

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

The Psychologist’s wife was a simple room that contained everything you’d expect to see in an office, which was a simple yet effect set design.  There are some fun elements that make the room entertaining with a quality of the video throughout the room to help with the storytelling.  One little problem we noticed was a lack of an ‘end game’, but we’ve been told it will be addressed in future versions.

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

The room had a mix of interesting tech.  On one hand there was one simple, yet elegant tech piece that fit the set design and helped with storytelling.  On the other hand there were a few ‘fun’ pieces that didn’t quite fit the overall story.  Overall there were no major technical hiccups, which was pretty good considering it was an opening night (which are usually littered with problems).

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

The room played surprisingly smooth for an opening night.  The puzzles play as part of the story, which is a rare and much appreciated trait in top-notch escape rooms (helping with immersive gameplay).  We were able to power through most of the puzzles, until we came across one puzzle that could have used some more direction, but GM Mike says he’s already in the process of changing it.

This was more difficult than your average escape room, so we recommend an experienced group of 4 or a group of 6.  With our experienced supergroup we were able to escape.

The Hint system uses a doorbell system, which calls in the gamemaster.  We didn’t have any issues here (except that one of our teammates forgot where he put it).

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

GM Mike (who we met at the unconference) was enthusiastic to hear our feedback and chat with us about our experience.  He really seems to care about his work and has taken this room through multiple iterations before opening night.

The price is $26 / person or $24 with a facebook check-in (however we only paid $10 for the grand opening price).  For a downtown core escape, they are definitely better than their closest neighbours (EscapeZone and LOST Canada).

The Psychologist’s Wife showed us the great potential for the team at Red Button Rooms.  With a few tweaks, we look forward to seeing them mold their ideas into great escape rooms.

For more information check out:
545 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario