April 21

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NoWayOut Escape Rooms – The Red Market

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.  It was our second visit to the facility with Team Awesome who basically carried our team in our previous visit.

Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: A decent set design, it could use a bit of polish.

+ Interesting set design choices that add to environmental storytelling
+ The room was definitely creepy, not as scary as 13 Sedah.
– One room went a little overboard with a design choice, which was a bit distracting

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

+ Interesting mix of puzzle related tech
– One piece was finicky, it seemed to required specific operation with no instructions

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: they give you clues on the screen as you progress
+ Some more direction could have been provided with 1 or 2 of the puzzles
– One tech use highly contrasts normal usage of everyday operations
– One task-based puzzle had us fumbling because of the tools available.

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 but they seemed to like what they do.

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

Overall: The Red Market is an interesting room with lots of potential.  I think with enough tweaks it could be a decent room, but the game felt unfinished.

For more information check out:
nowayoutescaperoom.com

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