Mayze – The Truth of Osaka High
Mayze is located in the eastern part of Toronto just off Markham Rd. We had just come out of a really terrible experience from a different venue, and we were in need of something that made sense. Team Kayphen was with us and #REDivas’ Errol had mentioned that Mayze was a great room for enthusiasts. We entered the facility where there was a small lobby with a small boardgame shelf. The facility had only been open for a month but according to the Gamemasters, a few enthusiasts had already made their way through.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.5 of 5.0
The Truth of Osaka High starts off with an investigation on the death of your friend. The entire experience was creepy. There was a nice combination from audio and visual cues to help enhance the anxiety as you make your way through the room. Due to the atmosphere created by the designers, our team had a 2/2 split but at times a 3/1 split (leaving 1 person alone). “Some of us” were too terrified to be alone.
To be honest, the start of the room wasn’t as impressive (small details that didn’t make storytelling sense). However as we continued through, we were really impressed with the level of details in a immersive aspect.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0
The integration of tech with story and puzzle elements was one of the best we’ve seen. Small things like an audio cue timing with an action in the room made the experience incredible! In short, tech was used for all the right reasons and not gimmicky ways to make a room “cool”. Tech lovers will love this room and thankfully we had no tech issues.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? Or did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 4.5 of 5.0
The puzzles were intuitive and not so process heavy. Most new rooms tend to lean on process puzzles instead of “Aha” puzzles. There were only 2 minor areas that could have provided more direction, however we escaped with 20 minutes left on the clock. Yay!
We would recommend this room for 4-6 people, but not necessarily for newbies.
The hint system uses a walkie-talkie system, which we had no issues with.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The GMs were friendly and curious to get our feedback. It seems they seemed well-versed with other escapes in the city. We mention that because, gamemasters who tend to play more rooms tend to have a good grasp of what makes a game fun (and these guys captured that).
The price is $29.99+tax / person, with a $5 discount if you check-in. For this experience it was well worth the price.
Overall: A-Mayze-ing …these guys definitely stand on the top 5 of the new escape rooms of 2016. Highly Recommended. Give them a try and tell us what you think.
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