NoWayOut Escape Rooms – 13 Sedah Ave

NoWayOut  is located in Brampton in a not-so-easy-to-get-to plaza (you literally have to go through the backroads to get in).  They are relatively new to the scene, but it seems even before they opened they were already full of bookings.  Buying into the hype with us was Team Awesome who wanted to check out “Canada’s Scariest Escape Room”.  The other interesting thing is in the email they have a disclaimer about a physical aspect of the room, which intrigued us.

Note: We did the room on opening weekend, there may have been changes since

Before we went in the room we were given a choice of items to bring in the room based on a points system.  For example we had 6 points to trade for:
– Blacklight (2 points)
– Flashlight (2 points)
– Rope (2 points)
– etc

Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: Not exactly the scariest we’ve done, but definitely one of the largest.

+ There are a few jump scares, but nothing overly scary
+ A large area to explore, the first area was well built
+ There is a choice in the game that affects the outcome
– the other areas were hit and miss, some of it felt random and unpolished
– The physical element doesn’t have a purpose other than being unique (and slippery).

Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: Lots of potential, it would be nice if more tech was dedicated to story elements.

+ No tech hiccups
+ Only a few lockboxes, tech was puzzle focused and not much was used in a story sense.
– Some of the audio clues were garbled and misleading

Intuitive:  Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary:  Puzzle design was hit and miss, but a few tweaks could fix it.

+ Responsive Hint system: Walkie Talkie call-in (IF you buy it with points)
+ Many task-related puzzles, great for teamplay.
– One or two puzzles that could use more direction
– Some puzzles had multiple paths to the answer, which was confusing.

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

The staff was friendly and enthusiastic.  We didn’t get a chance to chat much since we seldom see Team Awesome, but most of the CS went by smoothly.  We definitely appreciate that they are trying to be different and stick out, like the point system for the items and spending as much time and effort as they did on the design.

The current price is $30.00 / person.  Which is on the high end for that part of the city.

Overall: 13 Sedah Ave wasn’t the Scariest room we’ve done, but there are alot of unique things the NoWayOut team is trying to do.  This was a very good attempt at a first room and with enough polish it might be a contender.

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