Montreal – 2017/2018
Rooms: Chinatown Bombing, Tyranno Industries, The Game, Alice and the Mad Hatter’s Mad Hat’s Hat, The Wizard Four and the Book of Black Art
You can probably tell by the amount of rooms we did at this location we enjoyed it. Escaparium’s rooms are easily the biggest and brightest that Montreal has to offer. If you are in Montreal, this is a MUST SEE. This would be our pseudo-ranking
a) The Wizard Four and the Book of Black Art
b) Tyranno Industries
c) Alice and the Mad Hatter’s Mad Hat’s Hat
d) The Game
e) Chinatown Bombing
Facility – A/Maze
A/Maze has a number of facilities across Montreal, and it happened that the weekend we went, they had actors in the rooms. The set designs were good and were appropriate for the theme, but the actors made the rooms shine. The unfortunate thing is actors are not normally part of their games. The puzzles were ok, but we had a number of tech related hiccups throughout both rooms.
FtK was a good experience. The cabin’s set design was definitely on the higher end of what we’ve experienced in our travels. The tech integration with theme and puzzles felt a bit forced at times, but mostly immersive. The only hiccup we had was with a particular puzzle from an otherwise solid experience.
Facility – Ezkapaz
SQP is one of those hidden gems we’re so lucky that people told us about. We went to the location at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, which is roughly 30-40 min outside of Montreal. Overall we enjoy small-town gems and SQP is no exception. Compared to some of the other Montreal places, SQP easily blows them away in set design and tech integration. If you know your french, it will definitely help because the intro videos are still french only. The rooms however are largely language-less and intuitive. We’ll definitely be making a trip back there, and think it is worth an afternoon away from the city.
Immersia is located in Laval and was recommended to us by a few enthusiasts. One of the highlights of the facility is one of the owners is Olympic medalist Roseline Filion. We wouldn’t say they are gold-medal games compared to many of the other offerings around Montreal, overall they offer a standard escape experience. Some of the puzzles were interesting, but others seemed a bit tedious for our tastes. If you happen to be in Laval, you can drop by, but only if you have lots of time.
If you had 1-2 days in Montreal definitely visit1) Escaparium
2) Sauve Qui Peut – If you don’t mind driving a bit out of town
3) One of either Mission Morpheus, Find the Key