EscapeZone – Trebel in the Studio

Escape Zone (formerly known as “BreakOut”) is located in downtown on the border of Chinatown and Kensington market.  This is their newest room and a somewhat difficult room.  We went with our super team Team Kayphen, unsure if we would be able to complete the room without a musician (the website says that you don’t need one).  Treble in the Studio replaces their worst room the Biohazard room.

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

Treble in the Studio has musical instruments scattered in a somewhat soundproofed room.  The room is starting to show signs of wear and tear, but the drum set in the room occupied the more bored members of the group (me).  Even though the props fit the room they don’t serve a purpose in a story point of view, but instead it feels that the props are in the room to fit the puzzles.

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

The room has 2 interesting tech components we haven’t seen before, but poor execution.  In the first case the clue to activate it wasn’t clear, which leaves us to wonder if we activated it properly or if it was a tech mishap.  In the second case the tech wasn’t functioning properly because one of the secondary components required you to use it a certain way (without instructions to do so).  If the room had more direction on these points we feel the tech would have been interesting additions to the room.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 2.5 of 5.0

The room is music based, but advertises that you don’t need a musical knowledge for the room.  To test this we brought an experienced team to see if we could fill the gap.  Fortunately we were able to escape, but not without hints and with less than 5 minutes left.

There are definitely puzzles that reward musical knowledge, and the rest will require quite a few logical leaps to make it through the room.  There was one red flag for us, a ‘destructable puzzle’.  What this means is, you won’t be able to solve the puzzle unless it was in its original setting (so we had to call a GM to reset it).  Another puzzle had an issue with several potential answers, so it was lacking direction.

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 was friendly to sign us in.  It seemed they were running slightly behind schedule but got us in within 10 minutes.  We brought up a comment about one of the technical components and the staff was defensive about our ‘misuse’ of the equipment (which was discouraging).

The current price is $25 per person (and a $2 discount if you check in on Facebook).  We feel that for the price the experience is on the higher end.  We wouldn’t recommend a team larger than 4 because the room is a bit cramped.

Overall:  EscapeZone’s newest room had some creative elements that probably could have been better with more polish.  However if you’re looking for a good room, it’s not worth the Trebel
For more information check out:
388 Spadina Avenue – 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 2G5