Exit Out – The Asylum

Exit Out Escape Warehouse is located in Scarborough, the eastern part of Toronto.  We were itching to try the new entries in the city and Exit Out was one of them.  Team Kayphen (our expert puzzlers) joined us on the east end of the city to give these guys try.  We had a number of issues to book them, which i’ll get into later on.  When we arrived for the game, the GM gave us the spiel and brought us to the Asylum.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 1.0 of 5.0

The Asylum succeeds in doing ‘creepy’ and ‘dirty’ very well.  There are environmental factors that work well to sell the story aspects of the room.  Then the problems begin.

There were obvious signs of wear and tear and one of these even cut open one of our players (who is normally careful).

The props were hit and miss, but there were quite a few dollar store props.  You could also argue that the random design would fit the asylum theme well, but it felt cluttered and forced for the sakes of adding in puzzles.

Bells and Whistles:
Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  2.0 of 5.0

The room starts with a video intro which was well-made, but that was the only highlight.  There was a particular device in the room which we were encouraged to keep on as part of a puzzle, however it worked against us when trying to search or complete the rest of the room (which eventually lead to our player getting hurt).

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score:  0 of 5.0

This room was frustrating on many levels.  The room requires you to make some logic leaps that compound as you get further in the room.  There were times we thought we understood concept of the puzzles, however they were directed for another answer.  We were told before entering the room that there were potentially multiple paths to solving answers, but because of a severe lack of direction, it created a room full of red herrings.

One answer was so convoluted the GM had trouble explaining it, in the end he needed the answer key because it required a directional lock answer with over 10 directions.

The hint system uses a doorbell system, which we used for pretty much every puzzle.

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

We had major issues when booking at Exit out.  The long end short is after emailing and leaving multiple phone messages, over a series of days, we resorted to driving to the location to book in person.  Part of the trouble was because we purchased a groupon and booking with a groupon (without leaving a further deposit) was a big mess.  The kicker is when we returned to play the room, the GM had told us we were lucky we had booked that room ahead of time, because another group had just walked in and wanted to play the Asylum (which was pretty much rubbing salt on the wound unintentionally).

The GM himself was good to chat with in person and friendly, however after receiving a lack of email and phone replies, we were already not in the mood to chat.

The price is listed on their website, the usual facebook/twitter discounts apply.  In this case we bought a groupon, which was the start of all our troubles.

Overall:  The Asylum was the equivalent of taking shot of tequila after swallowing a mouth full of glass.  But we could be wrong, take a dive and let us know.

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Toronto, ON