Canadian Capers presents Speakeasy
I was a bit cautious about what to expect going in. We all were. Our group hadn’t really enjoyed Escape from the Bank all that much, but we wanted to try something that was interactive once more. We all loved it. Even the Speakeasy event poster (see above) was well designed.
Speakeasy was a one day event which happened to coincide with my birthday. Who goes escaping on their birthday? ME! But anyone who knows me probably isn’t the least bit surprised by that. The puzzles, created by Errol of ERA, were good, for the most part. There was flow to the entire event. The actors were good and the interaction element was well done. It was a little bit trickier to get everyone on the same page, considering that there were limited poker chips to get you into certain rooms to get certain conversations or clues, but overall, everyone on the team was able to get immersed in the 60-minute experience.
The venue was perfect for the 1920s theme and the props and decor were well planned and executed. They even invited participants to dress up in theme, which is pretty neat. I don’t know if Canadian Capers ever plans to reuse their event details, so I’ll leave out any major details, but the storyline is that you’ve been invited to the Speakeasy by Tony G Jr to solve some puzzles (what else could you even be there for? :P) and as you solve these puzzles, you need to interact with the actors who give you clues to what’s going on. They help guide you and they give you hints appropriately. The puzzles weren’t super difficult, but the added element of interaction and the fact that you’re in a group setting makes things a little trickier to manoeuvre.
In any case, our group was thoroughly impressed and had a fun experience! We’ll definitely be on the lookout for any more of these interactive escape experiences in the future!