Outbreak Escape Games – Beneath the Surface

Outbreak Escape Games is located in Downtown Toronto not far from Casa Loma.  We had heard a few things from fellow enthusiasts about the room and decided to pay them a visit.  The #REDivas assembled for our second game of this year in hopes of keeping up a streak of great games.  Outbreak is somewhat hidden in an alley, it was more difficult to find because the lights in the alley were turned off.  However we were impressed with their lobby and a personalized greeting on a screen set-up by GM Lawrence.

**NOTE we’re trying a new kind of review format.  Let us know what you think

Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: Great storytelling, needs some set design polish.

+ We weren’t told of a story from the get-go, but it develops as you play.
+ There were some neat personalizations that tied in well with the story elements
+ The overall set design helped sell the theme.
– The set design could have used some polish in some areas

Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: Great integration with story elements, one puzzle could have used some feedback

+ No tech hiccups
+ The tech helped to sell the story with great audio/lighting cues
+ We think new players will like some of their tech uses.
– We felt one piece of tech (with puzzles) needed some ‘negative’ feedback

Intuitive:  Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary:  Straightforward for the most part, one puzzle needs some tweaks

+ No major logical leaps or red herrings
+ Responsive Hint system: Walkie Talkie call-in
– There was one puzzle that could use a few tweaks, but its already in development.

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

GM Lawrence was great to chat with and seems passionate about storytelling in escape rooms.  There is great attention to detail on story, even to the level of describing the typical ‘escape room rules’ (no cellphones, no brute force etc).

The price is $28 / person, which is definitely on the higher end for their closest neighbours, but we feel it is unique enough to be worth it.  The room is HUGE, so large groups will have no problems fitting in here.

Overall: If you love story and immersion, Beneath the Surface is a great room to try out.

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Toronto, ON