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I am an escape addict…

Original Post: March 17, 2015
Edited: May 15, 2015 – Added new rooms completed to the list.
Edited: April 18, 2015 – Added new rooms completed to the list.
Edited: October 25, 2015 – Added new rooms completed to the list.
Edited: May 11, 2016 – Added new rooms completed to the list. Grouping escaped rooms by city.

I know this addiction is unhealthy. I probably realized this a few months ago, when we started doing escape rooms more than 2 or 3 times a week to get our fix. The realization: we have spent a LOT of money on escaping, but it’s been extremely fun (for the most part) and I have no regrets.

It’s been more than a year since the first escape room business (ESC-IT) opened up on West Beaver Creek in Markham. Since then, there have been a myriad of other escape room businesses opening up and ESC-IT has even moved to a new location. From single rooms to multi-rooms, low production value to super cool triggers/mechanisms, we found ourselves escaping more rooms than we could count.

It takes time for people to get used to escaping with others because it’s partially learning what each person’s strengths and weaknesses are. Unfortunately, my core team has slowly fallen apart over time due to team member relocations to places outside of Toronto and the addiction/novelty wearing off for others. Carson and I have slowly started to venture into escape rooms with new people, but never with strangers. We have yet to attempt escaping from a large scale room (i.e. groups larger than 6) or partner up with randoms that we don’t know.

Finally, we get to the crux of the matter at hand. I think all my close friend have asked the same question. You’re always checking into an escape room. How many of these rooms have you done? After seeing the escape room blogs like TORONTO ESCAPE GAMES, ESCAPISTTO and ESCROOMADDICT, I feel like I should list the ones that I’ve done as well. Sometimes it is nice to read reviews before going to do a room so you know what to expect. Don’t know if I’ll do the reviews, but I think it’s time I actually tried to list out all the rooms I’ve done.

Greater Toronto Area
Kingston
Las Vegas
Montreal
NYC
Ottawa
St Catherine’s
Syracuse

Greater Toronto Area

AT Escape (http://www.atescape.ca/)
1. Toy Room Escape (retired)
2. Prison Break
3. Bunker Evac
4. Library Lockup
5. Biolab Extraction
6. Magic Room (May 7, 2015)

BreakOut Team Adventures (http://www.breakoutadventures.ca/)
1. The Liberty Squad
2. The Assassin’s Suite (now renamed as The Hangover) (February 3, 2015)

Canadian Caper (http://www.canadiancaper.com/)
1. Night at the Speakeasy (September 19, 2015)
2. Night at the Wedding (April 9, 2016)

Captive Rooms – Downtown Toronto (http://captiverooms.com/)
1. Dracula’s Library
2. Charlotte (March 21, 2015)
3. Cabinet of Curiosities (December 2015)

Countdown Escape (http://www.countdownescape.com/)
1. The Sherlock (June 17, 2015)

De Code Adventures (http://www.decodecanada.com/)
1. Board Game Adventures (February 21, 2014)
2. De Scientific Code (February 21, 2014)
3. De Code the Ancient Mystery (retired)
4. De Triad Code (November 29, 2014)
5. De Code the Child’s Play
6. De Code the Art Legacy (January 3, 2016)

Escape Games (http://www.escapegames.ca/)
1. Escape from Bleak Prison
2. Mayan Curse
3. Le Voleur de Diamant (retired)
4. Counterops (July 2014) (retired)
5. The End of the Line (March 22, 2015) (retired)
6. Haunting of Noriko (February 19, 2015)
7. The Unknown (March 19, 2015)
8. Syndicate: Relic Heist (June 2015)
9. Crossroads (March 6, 2016)

Escape Mission / Triango (http://triango.ca/)
1. Dragon Lodge (April 18, 2015)
2. The Castle (April 18, 2015)
3. Great Pharoahs
4. Call of Duty (September 11, 2015)

Escape Zone (http://www.escapezonetoronto.com/)
1. The Black Room (May 31, 2015)

ESC-IT (http://www.esc-it.ca/)
1. Bedroom Nightmare (retired)
2. Cursed Library
3. Cryptic Cellar
4. Escape with Vision (retired)
5. Storage of Secrets
6. Code War (retired)
7. Mission Museum (March 25, 2015)

Freeing Canada Station (http://freeingcanada.com/toronto/)
1. Black Swan (June 14 2015)
2. Painter’s Murderer (June 14 2015)
3. UnMask (June 2015)
4. Mission Incredible (August 4, 2015)
5. Unforeseeable Pyramid (October 2015)

Great Escape (http://www.greatescape-to.com/)
Completed all first generation rooms here which have since been retired.

iEscaped (http://www.iescaped.com/)
1. Defuse (February 14, 2015)

Live Escape (http://escape-room-toronto.ca/) (RETIRED)
1. Fortune Teller (April 7, 2015)

Locked-In Room Escape (http://www.locked-in.ca/) (RETIRED)
1. Locked in the Poker Room
2. Locked in the Classroom
3. Locked in the Kungfu Dojo
4. Locked in the Secret Level (3-6)

Lost Canada (http://lostcanada.com/)
1. The Lost Den (March 25, 2015)
2. Nemesis (May 24, 2015)

Mission 45 (http://mission45.com/)
1. Mr. Locksmith (retired)
2. Curse of the Pharoah (retired)
3. Tomb Raider
4. Resident Evil Part 1 (February 12, 2016)

Mr. Escape (http://www.mrescaperoom.ca/)
1. Bloody Moonlight (March 31, 2015)

Mystery Room – Downsview (http://mysteryroomonline.com/)
1. Prison Break (retired)
2. Satan’s Lair (retired)
3. Psych Ward (retired)
4. Mummy’s Curse (retired)
5. Doctor Nightmare (May 24, 2015)

Mystery Room – Downtown (http://mysteryroomonline.com/)
1. Space Odyssey (March 13, 2015)

Next Relic (RETIRED)
1. Crime Scene (May 15, 2015)

Omescape (http://www.omescape.ca/)
1. Joker’s Asylum (February 17, 2015)
2. The Kingdom of Cats
3. Dark Altar (December 27, 2014)
4. Mysterious Study (March 24, 2015)
5. Penitentiary (June 15, 2015)

Origin Room Break (http://originroombreak.com/)
1. Thief Master (February 11, 2015)
2. Case Book (April 15, 2015)
3. Vampire (May 27, 2015)

Perplexity (http://www.perplexity.ca/)
1. Kate’s Motel (September 7, 2015)
2. The Shortcut (September 7, 2015)

Prison Breaker (http://www.prisonbreaker.ca/) (RETIRED)
1. Cold Case
2. Poker Face (retired)
3. Hero
4. Undercover (April 21, 2015)

Real Escape Game Toronto (http://www.realescapegame.ca/)
1. Escape from the Bank (one weekend event) (April 24, 2015)

Riddle Room (http://www.riddleroom.ca/)
1. Missing Anatomy (September 26, 2015)
2. Static (September 26, 2015)
3. Missing Anatomy (October 26, 2015)

Roundabout Canada (http://www.roundaboutcanada.com/)
1. Final Destination (May 12, 2015)
2. The Prisoner (May 12, 2015)
3. Butcher’s Basement (May 2015)
4. Diamond Creed (November 20, 2015)

Seven Rooms
1. Mystery Egypt

Trapped (http://www.trappedtoronto.com/)
1. The Ancient Pyramid
2. The Contaminated Hospital
3. Medieval Prison
4. Death Note

Trapped! (http://www.trapped-toronto.com/)
1. Claustrophobia (December 5, 2015)
2. Pandemic (December 6, 2015)

Xscaper Arts Scarborough (http://xscaper.com/)
1. General’s Tomb
2. Cursed Toy Store
3. The Saw

Xscaper Arts Unionville (http://xscaper.com/)
1. Entrapment (retired)
2. The Lab
3. Inception
4. Egypt (retired)
5. Kingsman Part One (July 2015)

Kingston

Improbable Escapes (http://www.improbableescapes.com/)
1. The Great Escape (February 21, 2016) (retiring May 31, 2016)
2. The Office (February 21, 2016) (retired)

Las Vegas

Countdown Live Escape Games
1. Sherlock (June 17, 2015)

Montreal

A/Maze (http://amazemontreal.com/)
1. Lost Temple (May 17, 2015)
2. Scientist Lab (May 17, 2015)

Obsidem (http://obsidem.com/EN/)
1. Dynamic Duo (May 17, 2015)
2. The Study (May 17, 2015)
3. The Trap (May 19, 2015)

New York City

Clue Chase (http://www.cluechase.com/)
1. Egyptian Tomb (May 7, 2016)

Escape Entertainment (http://www.escape-entertainment.com/)
1. Manhattan Mayhem (May 7, 2016)
2. Alien Attack (May 7, 2016)

Escape Games NYC (http://www.escapegamesnyc.com/)
1. John Doe (May 7, 2016)

I Survived the Room (http://www.isurvivedtheroom.com/)
1. Sanitorium (May 6, 2016)

Komnata Quest (http://www.komnataquest.com/)
1. 7 Sinful Pleasures (May 6, 2016)

Mission Escape Games (http://www.missionescapegames.com/)
1. Nemesis (May 8, 2016)

Mystery Room NYC (http://www.mysteryroomnyc.com/)
1. Cafe Belim (May 7, 2016)

59:59 (http://www.5959roomescape.com/)
1. Three Little Pigs (May 8, 2016)

Ottawa

Escape Manor (http://www.escapemanor.com/)
1. The Apocalypse (February 19, 2016)
2. The Darkness (February 21, 2016)
3. Wine Cellar (February 21, 2016)

Ottawa Escapes (http://www.ottawaescapes.com/)
1. Stewards of Time (February 20, 2016)

Room Escape Ottawa (http://www.roomescapeottawa.com/)
1. Boom Room (February 20, 2016)
2. Serial Killer Charade (February 20, 2016)

St Catherine’s

The Hour (http://thehourstcatharines.com/)
1. Emma’s Disappearance (October 17, 2015)
2. Mutiny at the Hour (October 17, 2015)
3. Jailbreak (October 17, 2015)

Syracuse

5 Wits (http://www.5-wits.com/)
1. Espionage (October 18, 2015)
2. Tomb (October 19, 2015)
3. Drago’s Castle (October 19, 2015)
4. Deep Space (October 19, 2015)

 

Written by nemo

a vegetarian with a love for travel and escape rooms

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9 Comments

  • Never stop escaping!

    Did you enjoy The Unknown?

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    • nemo Post author on

      It was a very different format for sure. I enjoyed it very much but shouldn’t give away anything here! :P

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  • Oh wow, you HAVE done a lot! NICE! And I know how you feel. *laugh*

    What IS your total amount?

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    • nemo Post author on

      I think I’ve gone over 70 by now. My count in the original post was something like 67 and I’ve already done a few more…

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  • Hi there! I’ve been looking into escape rooms lately and I came across this blog. I have a few questions.

    -Are escape rooms typically scary?
    -What advice can you give to a complete noob? :P
    -How were the rooms at Trapped?

    Thanks a lot!

    -Ronnie

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    • nemo Post author on

      Hi Ronnie! Great questions. Have you done any escape rooms at all?
      I find that most are not scary but there are a few eerie themed ones. If you like scary, I would recommend Haunting of Noriko. Start with a few of the simpler/easier rooms before getting into that one though. Best advice I could give would be to communicate and be open with your team. There may be something you noticed which you think may not be something, but could trigger something for another member of your team. Better to say it than regret not saying it later. :) Also, go with a team of mixed bag people. These rooms are generally designed for teams with a variety of skills (observation, math, logic, memory, etc) and you don’t want everyone to be superb at one thing but have a blind spot on others.
      As for the rooms at Trapped, is there a particular room or theme that interests you? They are one of the places that user more tech/gadgets in their room designs. I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of all their rooms but I do find some of their puzzles clever and they do have a nice set up there. I recently noticed that they made a new room available, but I haven’t had the chance to go yet as it requires a larger group and I rarely go with groups larger than 5 or 6 people.

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      • Hi again :) Thank you so much for the tips! I’ll definitely keep them in mind. I’m going to my first escape room in a few days, so I’m pretty excited/nervous/excited.

        Hmmm…eerie? I might try something “scary” if I can build up the nerve, but eerie doesn’t sound too bad. *lets out a sigh of relief*

        As for Trapped, the two that I’m interested in are the Medieval one and the Ancient Pyramid. I heard about the new room as well. If I’m not mistaken, I think that one is for people who get to a “Level 2″ membership. The premise sounds pretty neat, though.

        Thank you for taking the time to reply. You’ve been a huge help!

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        • nemo Post author on

          Yes. Level 2 membership only. I’ve done all the rooms there, but not very many people have. And considering the size of the group needed for the room, I honestly don’t know if I’ll have that many people to do it with. I’m not a huge fan of doing these things with people I don’t know either since I like knowing the strengths and weaknesses on my team.
          Which room did you end up checking out? How did that go?

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  • Holy cow, you guys have done so much! And especially around Markham/Scarborough.

    We should dish sometime!

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