Escape Games – Escape from Bleak Prison

Escape Games is located right near Downsview Station at Dufferin and Sheppard.

We brought Team Malan, Kayphen, Viliver and Chewy along to tackle both Crossroads and Escape from Bleak Prison.

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

The prison started strong on an immersive aspect with some tasks that weren’t so obvious, but made you use what you had infront of you.  As the story progresses, there are aspects that make less and less sense in the ‘breakout’ perspective.  The set design does feel very bleak with the signature Escape Games lighting (dim) and restrictive environment.  This room definitely doesn’t compare to their more recent games, but holds up well against most other Prison escapes.


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

The tech used in the room was fairly basic compared to their newer rooms, but they included some interesting mechanics to fall in line with a prison breakout.  I would say that the most interesting parts were components of the room construction.  Overall tech lovers (especially Escape Games tech lovers) will not have much to oogle at in this room.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level)
: Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0

Our group had mixed feelings about the puzzles.  Some felt that a few of the end puzzles required more direction and had a few logic leaps, the others felt a particular task based puzzle was unfair and destructible.  In the task-based puzzle’s case the GM thankfully reset it for us, however we questioned if there could have been an better answer to that puzzle.

The hint system uses a standard walkie-talkie hint, if you go above 1 hint it’s not considered a win.

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

The Escape Games Army these days seems to be professional, but less stringent as their predecessors.  Thankfully the games ran (relatively) on time and with no reset errors.

The prices can be found here (it gets complicated to explain) and the price for the experience is one of the best in the city (we usually book 2 back-to-back).

Overall:  Bleak Prison has some fun elements that tell an interesting story of a prison break.  If you are a fan of prison themes, give it a try and let us know what you think.

For more information check out:
11 Kodiak Crescent
Toronto, ON M3J 0G7