Secret City – Lost & Found in Chinatown
The Lost in Chinatown game is located just near Downtown Toronto Chinatown. We had heard this game was very unique and wanted to give a it a shot. This game is hosted by Company & Co, now calling themselves Secret City Adventures. We went with Team Awesome, who was equally eager to see this new concept. When we arrived the GM gave an intro which lasted slightly longer than the norm. But more on that below.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 2.5 of 5.0
So the interesting thing about the game is, the majority of the game is not played at the event space, but rather around Chinatown. The gist of the story is you are trying to discover clues that could lead to you ‘unlocking’ your memory. None of us were too familiar with the landmarks (other than Ruby), so we stumbled our way around to look for clues.
For a portion of the game you are back at the facility and that leads you back into the story (this is the part we’ll evaluate since Chinatown is just Chinatown). The room was a mixed bag of things, some fit the theme and story, others felt very random. The actors in the room played their roles very well, up until the final few minutes where they were distracting.
The set design could have been more polished, there were signs of wear and tear where even things like the ‘exit’ were flimsy.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 2.5 of 5.0
The room itself had some nice storytelling components, however there was one piece of tech that didn’t seem to really work. If I had to bet it was probably actor triggered, but wasn’t triggering properly. Because this tech was essential in a very tight time limit, it was more frustrating than not.
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 for the Chinatown half were relatively simple and more scavenger based. If you are able to follow the directions carefully you’ll be able to power through that part fairly quickly.
The room portion was relatively intuitive, however in the same fashion of other Company & Co productions (REG, Casa Loma, etc) the actors were ingame to guide you through the process. Given the limited time in this portion of the game, it was difficult to evaluate if all puzzles were intuitive. My guess is that most enthusiasts groups will be able to escape.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The GMs were friendly and enthusiastic, they did ask for feedback, but we were already late for another appointment. The intro was slightly long, however given the nature of the game (it being outside) they probably should have a more condensed version of their spiel.
The price is $25.00 + tax / Person for non-peak times, and $32.00 + tax / Person for peak times. For more info check out their site.
Overall: This wasn’t our favourite game from this company, but something different to experience.
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