Escape from the Tower

Escape from the Tower
9.625

Atmosphere

100/10

    Equipment

    95/10

      Creativity

      95/10

        Puzzles

        95/10

          Pros

          • - Highly immersive experience
          • - Live actors
          • - Plenty of gameplay

          Cons

          • - You don't get to play all of the puzzles
          • - Poor climate control

          I wasn’t too sure what to expect for this game. It definitely created a lot of hype – there’s something about playing an escape game inside Casa Loma that makes it that much more attractive. Also, this was the first time that our team played in a group of twelve, six of which we technically never met (in-person) before. More on that later! So you could say that I walked into this with no expectations, neither high nor low.

          The game is set in the 1940s, which is fitting for the tower, and they do a great job of taking you back in time. From the equipment to the actors (yes, there are actors!), it’s clear that a lot of time and money was spent on, well…everything. I think our team felt a lot better about the $40 that we each spent on this game after seeing the elaborate set-up involved and all the gameplay that it offered. Now, having said that, having lots of puzzles is also a double-edged sword. Since there were so many puzzles to tackle within the hour, it also meant that no individual could possibly participate in all of the puzzles. I think on average, most of us probably got to do one-half to two-thirds of the puzzles. But at the same time, while there was plenty to keep all of us occupied most of the time, there were times that there were members wandering around with nothing to do. I guess it’s hard to strike that perfect balance, so I’d say they came close enough!

          I’ll be the first to admit that E4G is pretty picky about who we play escape games with (and I’m definitely the pickiest one!). Having played with many different people, I’ve found that who you play with can really make or break your experience, and I’m not even talking about whether or not you escape. Luckily for us, this time we teamed up with awesome folks from Escape Games Review (aka EGR) and it was GREAT! We were all experienced players (although they are way more experienced than us!) and complemented each other well. I think that’s partly the reason why we had folks wandering around sometimes…because our team members were so experienced that we didn’t need all hands on deck.

          So how do I feel about my $40 now? I still feel that it was money well spent. It was an hour full of great fun and entertainment, and was surprisingly enjoyable despite not having any high tech items, which I’m usually a huge sucker for. There is just one thing that they definitely need to improve on, and that’s climate control. It was a hot night, and the tower felt like an oven. But they’re well aware of this issue and we were told that they are working on it. Needless to say, E4G will be signing up for the next game in this series!

           

          Casa Loma
          1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

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