December 02

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Panic Factory – Feed the Beast

Panic Factory is located in Courtice Ontario, in a strip plaza on King St.  We were with the other #REDivas (Errol and Manda), to try this limited-time room.  We were interested in it because of the live-actor element.

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

The room didn’t have much to it, just a few pieces of furniture that would fit in the realm of a comical zombie movie (or something like that).  Basically your job is to complete the room while keeping the actor/zombie occupied (unlike Trapped in a Room with a Zombie).

For the small space, they made the most of the room, and in some ways it also helped to build tension (since you were no less than 6 feet from the zombie at any time).

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  3.0 of 5.0

The room was a very simple, room with a number of lockboxes.  The main technical component was the one keeping the zombie occupied.  However the room kept it simple and fun, so don’t let that deter you.  We didn’t have any tech issues.

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

The room has a good handle of puzzles, we did require two hints, but its hard to say if we needed the direction for those or if the stresses of the zombie was working against us.

The hint system announces the clues over a speaker system, when you call out for help.  We had no issues with this.

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 escape rooms.  It helps that they have a background in making props.

The price is $22 / person, which was fun for the price. (especially with the actor)

Overall: Feed the beast is a good example of a fun and simple low-tech game.  Unfortunately it is only seasonal, so hopefully you catch it the next time its back.

For more information check out:

www.panicfactory.ca
Courtice , ON

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