February 15

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EscapeZone – Biohazard

Escape Zone (formerly known as “BreakOut”) is located in downtown on the border of Chinatown and Kensington market.  We did the Biohazard room months ago, but realized we never wrote a review.  At the time we went with team Kayphen late on a Friday night.  If you’ve been to EscapeZone you’ll know its one of the smaller downtown locations and also one of the longer running ones.  Biohazard was our final room of the original set and probably the least impressive the bunch.

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

Biohazard starts and ends you off in a single office/hospital space.  The room is one of the first to have two objectives: 1) to escape 2) to find the cure.  In terms of set design and room decor it keeps it very barebones to what you might expect to see in a doctor’s office (desk, bed and random props).  It wasn’t anything impressive but it helps to sell to story.

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

The room keeps it simple with lockboxes but adds two simple tech components.  Unfortunately they don’t really tie well into the story.  The good thing was we didn’t have any technical 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 puzzles do require you to make a few logical leaps, but is clear with direction (since the game is somewhat linear).  The puzzles leading up to the escape are easier, but the puzzles to find the cure are a little less intuitive.

The hint system uses an intercom call-in and we needed to use the hints in the room.

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

The staff experience was different from other times.  We got to the venue slightly late but called ahead of time.  Before we got in the room they reminded us our time was shortened (which would have taken off at most 5-10 minutes).  At the 25-30 minute point, a staff member walked in with a mop and told us that he was there to clean up the room.  We were confused and somewhat upset that they cut our time extra short.  After discussing this with his manager they allowed us to complete the room with the full time.

The current price is $25 per person (if you check in on Facebook or Yelp).  With the discount it is on the higher end for experiences downtown.

Overall:  The other EscapeZone rooms to this point had provided a fun experience, but Biohazard was by far their worst (and our worst customer experience).

For more information check out:

http://www.escapezonetoronto.com/
388 Spadina Avenue – 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 2G5
647-350-0140

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