The Vertigo Games – Dragon’s Secret

Vertigo Games is located in North York, just 2 minutes away from Escape Games Canada.  We decided to pay them a visit after playing some archery tag (because we had an escape room itch).  We went with Team Mardi who are our oldest and probably most experienced team.  We had a quick chat with the GMs who were very excited to talk about their games and business.  The interesting thing is they have a briefing area for each room, which was great to see.

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

The story revolves around you trying to find your friend before your plane takes off.  The room starts off in what seems to be chinese-themed decor.  It did come off as a bit ‘downtown chinatown’ cheesy, especially since all of us are of some sort of asian decent.  Most of the props were not dollar store items and there was some thought into the set design and the construction was well thought-out.

Compared to the top facilities in the city though, it was lacking the fine polish, however it was a good attempt.  In a narrative point of view, the actions felt a bit random and more like sets of thematic puzzle rooms and less of an overall story.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

The one consistent thing throughout Vertigo was the use of tech.  Tech lovers will probably appreciate these rooms.  There were some good surprise moments, yet at the same time some clumsy uses of tech.

Thankfully we had no issues with the tech, but again in a narrative point of view the use of the tech felt a bit random and slightly gimmicky.  I think if the GMs were to give purpose to those tech uses, it would be a bonus to the room.  One of the other minor things was a particular piece of tech didn’t give immediate feedback on whether or not it was ‘correct or not’, so it left us confused.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score:  3.5 of 5.0

With our team we were able to figure out (for the most part) what needed to be done,   however there were at least 2 puzzles we felt could have provided some more direction.  Again in a narrative point of view, we think they missed the mark on  providing a cohesive experience, but it was still relatively intuitive.

The hint system uses a intercom 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.  It seems they have a good team of people in the background with a good grasp on what makes a fun room.

The price is $22 / person, which was a decent experience for the price.

Overall: Dragon’s Secret was a decent experience for the price, but the theme was not quite our cup of tea.  If you like tech, you’ll definitely be interested to see this room.

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North York, ON