Panic Factory – Room 502
Panic Factory is located in Courtice Ontario, in a strip plaza on King St. This was our third outing and we were determined to try all of their rooms in one go. This time we went with Team Freeing, who thankfully had some time to escape with us.
Long story short: You are locked in Room 502, they say anyone leaving it feels a little insane.
Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: Nothing was wasted, a thoroughly cohesive experience
+ Fantastic set design, with all the furniture you’d expect in an asylum
+ Fun interactive portions that were creatively hidden as props.
+ The story is well integrated into the set design.
Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: An example of good tech working well.
+ Quite a few unique tech pieces that were unexpected surprises
+ We had no tech hiccups
Intuitive: Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary: Fun puzzles with an emphasis on storytelling.
+ The puzzles were tied well into the story
+ 1 or 2 puzzles need a bit more direction, otherwise the overall the gameplay was smooth
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Full disclosure, since our previous visit we’ve worked with Rick and Nay (GM’s Nick and Ray) on Terminus. So on top of their superb building and tech skills, they are great people that really know their stuff. This room is a great example of the simple yet effective magic they put in every room.
The price you can find on their website. In this case we didn’t pay for this room.
Overall: Room 502 is a room that needs a bit of puzzle polish, but it is definitely a good room nonetheless (especially for their first room). If you are Panic Factory fans like us, it is worth doing.
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