November 25


Panic Factory – Termination

Panic Factory is located in Courtice Ontario, in a strip plaza on King St.  We were with the other #REDivas (Errol and Manda), Ekko and her friend.  Errol and Manpans had previously been to this location and was singing their praises, so we needed to see for ourselves.  When we arrived one of the owners GM Ray recognized Errol from our podcast.  One of the reasons for the visit was because of the life-size terminator model in the lobby.  With a model like that, you knew they’d be the right people to do this theme.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.5 of 5.0

The story starts off that you are resistance fighters that have been captured.  There are clues on how to escape, but you have a limited time to do so.  Staying true to the theme, the room has some amazing props and interesting pieces that help to immerse you.  There were many small details added to the room that most terminator fans may enjoy.

To compare it with the best rooms we’ve done though, it’s not quite up there, but it is a very impressive take on a well known movie.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  4.5 of 5.0

The room had tech in key points that played well with the overall theme, as you’d expect in a post-apocalyptic escape.  For other players, i do wish some of the main components were a bit more ‘user-friendly’.  However as someone who has been exposed to these things before, it wasn’t a big deal.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

Overall the room has a good handle of puzzles, the beginning of the room was a bit shaky (could have used some more direction), but overall we didn’t feel we needed any major hints or make any major logic leaps.

The hint system uses a walkie-talkie system which we had no problems with.

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

The Gamemasters were great to chat with.  They have a real passion for the theme and for escape rooms.  It helps that they have a background in making props.

The price is $22 / person, which was well worth the price.

Overall: Termination is definitely a gem and worth the trip if you are out of Toronto.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

For more information check out:
Courtice, ON