December 16


Freeing Canada – Pirate’s Prize

Freeing Canada is located in Richmond Hill between Major Mackenzie and 16th Ave on Yonge St., on top of a T&T Supermarket.  They had released their newest game a month ago and we were eager to see it.  We brought our EGR aces, Team Kayphen to try the room out.

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

The decor and set design was amazing.  We have played Pirate rooms before, but the level of detail in this one felt like a movie set.  The walls were covered in stained wood paneling and the props very unique for the room.  It was easy to get lost in the immersion, the only thing missing was sea-water.

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

There were clever uses of tech that worked well with puzzle and storytelling elements (even down to the unique time-keeping method).  The tech felt robust and intuitive, we never needed a hint on how something was supposed to work.  At one point we did struggle with one bit of tech, but it worked when we double-checked our answer (so it might have been our mistake).  With that being said 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:  5.0 of 5.0

Pirate’s Prize is an easier room (compared to other Freeing rooms), so hardcore puzzlers won’t have much to chew on.  We didn’t get some of the “A-ha” puzzles immediately, but the puzzles were fair and intuitive.  They were also were unique and play well with the theme disguised as ‘ship tasks’.

The hint system uses a “bell” system where the gamemasters come into the room to give you hints, which we had no issues with.

I would recommend this room for a group size of 3-4, larger groups might find themselves elbow-to-elbow.

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

GM Ken and Ada were there and we had a chat about the room.  After watching our game they already had a few ideas on changes they were going to make, so our game experience might differ very slightly from yours.  Personally we love to see proactive GM’s, overall their games tend be smoother than GM’s that are not.

The price is $20/person on weekdays and $23/person on weekends after the facebook check-in discount.  For the quality of this room, it is well worth it.

Overall:  Pirate’s Prize is easily one of our favourite rooms of 2016.  If you like quality games, visit Freeing and give this room a try.

For more information check out:
9625 Yonge street, 2F,
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 5T2