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Our Top 5 Family Games!

Hi Friends! We hope everyone is staying well and adjusting to this new world of social distancing. We can’t wait until we can open our doors again but until that time, we thought it would be helpful to make some recommendations on some games that have been enjoying.

We carry a variety of games for a range of ages including plenty of games for adults too. We’re testing new games regularly so please come back to check our blog weekly. We’ll have a whole new bunch of games to choose from but for now here are our top 5 family friendly games.

1. Ghost Blitz

2-8 players * 20 minutes per game * Ages 8+

$23.00

We can’t say enough good things about this game! It’s a great game that kids can learn to play with each just each other (with minimal supervision) or a fantastic game for the whole family.

Gameplay: This is a shape and colour recognition game with a twist. Players must either match the object that is on the card or eliminate all possible choices until they’re left with just 1 correct object. The winning player has to be the first to grab the correct object. Whoever collects the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

Why we love it: Kids catch onto this game very fast and you can really see how quick thinking they can be! It’s a fun game that you actually will find challenging to play against your kids. Each round involves a little deduction and requires quick reflexes to get to the correct object. The game is different every time and you have to be mindful of the twists.

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2. Spot it

2-8 players * 15 minutes per game * Ages 6+

$17.00

If you don’t have spot it, it’s one game we suggest to be on everyone’s shelf. This is a fast and easy to learn pattern recognition game that requires players to ‘spot’ matching symbols on any two cards.

Game Play: Each player reveals a card, the first player to identify 2 matching symbols on 2 of the cards wins the round. The players with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner!

Why we love it: This game literally takes minutes to learn but it always fun to play. This game encourages focus and attention to detail. Kids can pick up this game as young as 5 years and kids do an amazing job at identifying the symbols very quickly. The game can become fun and competitive for both adults and kids alike. Also- how is it there are *always* 2 matching symbols on each card? That just blows our mind!

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3. L.L.A.M.A

2-6 players * 30 minutes per game * Ages 8+

$14.99

This game is like Uno but with Llamas. Scoring is counted at the end of the end of each round so a little strategy is also involved. Pro Tip- if it has been nominated for a German award, you know it’s good!

Game Play: Follow the sequence of cards, pick up a card or quit on your round. Try to get rid of the cards in your hand quicker than your opponents. The cards left if your hand after each round scores against you.

Why we love it: This game is easy to learn but still involves a bit of strategy. It’s familiar like Uno but has some fun twists to give it some competitive fun.

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4. Carcassonne

2-5 players * 30 minutes per game * Ages 7+

$39.98

Who can’t use a little zen right now? We find this game to be calming and peaceful.

Gameplay: This is a tile placement game which means you’re building your board with game tiles. As you build, you’re constructing a French landscape while claiming features on the board. Scoring is done at the end of the game so it’s anyone’s game until the game is over.

Why we love it: This game is very versatile. You can plan as a family or as couple. You can play with a little or a lot of strategy and can decide how much or how little defensive play to use. You have a limited number of meeples so timing can be everything. This is a game with simple mechanics but never gets tiring.

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5. Sushi Dice

2-6 players * 20 minutes per game * Ages 7+

$27.95

A combination of cards, dice and a bell- Sushi Dice is a game with it all! Our entire team loved this game, we couldn’t keep on shelf.

Gameplay: Roll dice and be the first to match all your dice with one of the three sushi platters on the table. Once you do, be the first to ring the bell to signify the round is over. First person to 4-5 cards (depending on amount of players) wins!

Why we love it: Sushi dice involves a little luck, observational skills and fast reflexes. We find games that do involve a bit of luck level the playing field when playing with kids so it really is an inclusive family game.

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Now Offering Portable Games!

Fun on the Go! We will bring the adventure to you…

We are known for our amazing and immersive games as well as our fun location on the Danforth. We have been getting a lot of requests to host games in event spaces, board rooms, condo party rooms or even backyards so we’ve decided custom make specific portable games to bring the adventure to you!

We have a roster of portable games that are mobile! We still have physical puzzles, locks and boxes that need opening so it’s like an escape room but everything is portable enough to take on the go.

Ask us about our specifically designed games for corporate team building, birthday parties or any fun event!

If you don’t have a venue, we can even provide you with one as well. Contact us to find out more info@lookingglassadventures.com 647-498-5596

March Break Activities 2019- Escape Room Adventures and More!

March Break is almost here! We’re busy preparing for a very fun week. For all of March Break we’re setting up extra activities in our party room for families to enjoy.

We’ll have our board game pop up shop open for business. That means you can learn to play and test out any board games that you might be interested in. We’ll also have copies for sale so you can go home and continue the fun.

We also have a giant jenga and connect 4 that are set up and ready to play. We might even bring some of our other games to life in giant form!

If games weren’t enough, we’ll also be setting up our green screen for fun post game pictures.

In our craft corner, we’ll have fun activities which include decorating your investigator badge or creating your own encryption device. It’s super top secret so you’ll have to see more in person!

Hungry? We’ll have our canteen open for business- feel free to stay for a slice of pizza and a drink or some snacks while you participate in activities!

If you’re looking for our added fun after your adventure, you’ll just need to book a game during select times between March 4th – March 18th. Feel free to contact us either by phone 647-498-5596 or email at info@lookingglassadventures.com to so we can sign you up. You can also book online— keeping in mind that we require at least 1 adult in the game for kids ages 12 and under. Your game is private so you will not be booked in with other players as well as when you reserve the space, you’re not paying in advance so your group size can always change.

Don’t forget, we are open for bookings for our escape rooms from 10am-10pm 7 days a week. We’d love to host your next adventure soon!

What is an Escape Room?

“Escape Rooms” are the hottest new trend in immersive entertainment. We are happy to introduce the concept to many players as well as get many people ‘hooked’ on escape room games. We still have prospective players calling and asking what exactly is an ‘escape room’ and wanting more details about their experience. We’re happy to answer some questions on our blog.

How did Escape Rooms Develop? That is a difficult question to answer as the concept seems to have been inspired and developed in a few cities around the same time. What we do know for sure, is that live escape rooms are actually inspired from video games and made their way into Toronto around 2013. In 2019 there are several venues now in the city all with different themes, designs and some even specialize in different genres such as horror or physical challenges.

At Looking Glass Adventures, we design ‘escape rooms adventures’. What that means is that we create escape rooms but with a twist. We do not lock players in a room, instead we give you specific objectives to complete designed specifically for each theme and storyline. This way, players always have the option to leave the game which helps with everyone’s comfort levels as well as keeps safety our priority.

What is an escape room adventure? Traditionally known as an ‘escape room’ Looking Glass Adventures brings fantasy into reality by offering 3 unique games known as ‘adventures’. You and the team of your choice are tasked with a specific objective within each adventure. You are then presented a story and escorted in a themed room (or in our case series of rooms). You and your team will need to work together to unravel a mystery, search for items and solve your story through a series of props and puzzles. To add to the adventure, your team has a set time limit to complete your mission.

Who is this geared towards? Our games are designed towards anyone! We host a variety of groups with a variety of ages. We have customized birthday party packages for kids ages 8-12 year of age, teen parties for 13+ as well as games designed for adults. All of our games are designed with kids in mind as we don’t have scary themes or intense/mature stories (think more like PG and not rated R), so we keep things fun and adventurous but not scary.

With that said, each game presents a unique set of challenges for each team therefore it’s required to have at least 1 adult helping in each group as well as you will get support form a game master/host who is your adventure guide throughout the entirety of your visit They will control the level of challenge through hints utilizing our hint system for each group. Therefore, the game is never frustrating or unsolvable for anyone. Each group is guaranteed a successful ending in each of our games.

We generally tell all enquiring newbies that Escape Rooms are really much more fun than we can even describe. With our games, you really do feel like you are in a different environment and immersed in a story while going through a series of clues to help get to your objective. Our games rely heavily on teamwork and collaboration so are highly social. You’re left with having to depend on members of your team and you quickly learn to adapt and work together in order to achieve success.

Sound intrigued? We’d love to talk to you about all things escape games– it really is our passion. We’d also love to explain the ‘Looking Glass Difference’ and what are games consist of what we do that is different compared to other venues.

How to book? For more information or to find our more please visit our website at www.LookingGlassAdventures.com or call us at 647-498-5596.

Board Games for Families or Couples

Looking for a quiet evening at home as a couple? or maybe some fun family games to play over the family day long weekend? We’ve got you covered at Looking Glass Adventures. Visit our pop up shop for some fun selections!

Here are some of our recommendations and what we offer for sale in our shop.

Codenames Duet $24.95: This is a cooperative version of the original codenames. You and your teammate are working together to find all you secret agents. You do so, by giving 1 word clues to your teammate while they try to guess the matching word on your grid of cards.

Why we love this game: This game works well as a cooperative version of the original! It even acts as an expansion so you can mix and match your cards. It’s fun to play as a couple or as a family. It involves a little strategy but not all your focus so you can still socialize.

We have all versions at our shop including licenced versions of Harry Potter Codenames and Disney! Come in to try them out!

Santorini $39.95: Build your town and race to the top of a building to claim it. Works fantastic as a 2 player game or with up to 4 players.

Why we love this game: Santorini is a little like tic tac toe combined with chess. This is a solid 2 player game that allows you to add in more strategy the more you play. This game is fantastic to allow you to just open the box and start playing without getting bogged down in rules. As you gain experience, you can start adding in more strategy cards as you like.

The Mind $19.95: Use the powers of telekinesis (or something) as you work with your teammates to place the cards down in order of 1 to 100. The twist, is you can’t see each other’s cards or communicate.

Why we love this game: This is a simple game to learn but a difficult one to put down. Once you get into the mindset and really try to read your teammates brains, it strangely works. You’ll love seeing how far you get as you all work together. Bonus when playing with kids- you can’t speak! It’s an extra fun challenge for a family

These are just a few of the fun board games we have in stock! If you’d like to see more, just pop by! Don’t forget to stay tuned for upcoming events including our board game nights where you can try these games and purchase what you would like to take home.

Valentine's Day is around the Corner

Looking to up your date nights? How about interacting as a couple while you test your compatibility? Did you know that Looking Glass Adventures hosts escape room adventures for couples. Test your communication skills and problem solving skills as a couple and embark on a fun adventure!

While our games are recommended for more than 2 players, experienced players or players up for a challenge fare quite well. We allow for hints throughout our game so no one is ever stuck on anything too long and puzzles don’t become tedious.

If you want to up your game, we’ll even offer our services to help with proposals, pregnancy reveals, promposals, baby gender reveals or anything else that would be a fun surprise! Just contact us to customize your plans. We’ll help you with selecting which of our 3 games might work best as well as craft our ending with suitable puzzles to allow for your big surprise. If you have some fun ideas, we want to hear about them- the sky’s the limit!!

Thanks to Narcity for their blog post about us!

Team Building at Looking Glass Adventures!

Although team building is a common method to boost morale in your company, the thought of escape rooms as a team building activity has only recently landed on the radars of employers.

Escape rooms in a nutshell: Placed in an immersive, themed space, your team is presented with an exciting challenge they must complete in a limited amount of time. Although hints are available when the team gets stuck, players are invited to express ideas, collaborate and trust each other’s instincts to reach their goal.

Creating an inviting atmosphere for team building is a top priority of ours, so we’ve made it our goal to make your team building activity a memorable experience that brings your employees closer together.

Benefits of Escape Rooms for Team Building

Build Trust

While players complete challenges in an immersive, themed environment, they close a social gap and will get to know colleagues they may not normally interact with in the workplace. This fosters a sense of community and brings players closer together as a team.

Define Roles

Players are immersed in a new environment filled with exciting challenges and puzzles. Players have an opportunity to show off strengths in a welcoming environment where all ideas are encouraged. Team members will get a better sense of what their colleagues are capable of, which can better define the roles of employees in the workplace.

Experience Something Unique

Employers get the opportunity to take the dread out of corporate team building – no more long, quiet dinners or hyper-competitive activities that only put a wedge between staff. Escape rooms encourage all the same values required for a cohesive, productive workplace while also providing team members with a unique experience that appeals to escape room first-timers and enthusiasts alike.

Plan A Stress-Free Event

Team members are welcomed, briefed, and invited into each event with the help of the Game Masters. Our games have a unique story that players will hear as the event begins. Each game is facilitated and supervised from a separate location to allow players full immersion into the space. If the party space is used, setup and teardown are completely taken care of. All of this to say, we think every team member deserves an amazing experience, including the party planner. Leave the rest to us.

Share The Victory

When the team completes their goal, they’ll share a long-lasting memory of achievement that can’t be found anywhere else. Players gain a sense of comradery that will encourage the same  puzzle-solving, communication, and creative thinking once they’re back in the real world. A team name and photo will commemorate the occasion, and will make a great souvenir to remind players of the one-of-a-kind experience they shared.

Consider an escape room next time you plan a team building activity or corporate event. For more information on our corporate packages and rates, click here. We’d love to be a part of your next adventure!

Contest Alert!

This month, we’re lucky enough to partner with toronto.com to bring you another giveaway!

This time, we’re offering a $250 prize pack, including eight escape room tickets to Looking Glass Adventures and a copy of Exit by Kosmos Games. These award-winning puzzle games are like escape rooms you can solve from your own home!

The contest ends Thursday, January 24th at 12:00 PM (noon!). You can submit one entry per day, meaning you’ll have up to 14 chances to enter!

To view the rules and enter for your chance to win, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2SVbEMI

Thanks to toronto.com for the opportunity, and thanks to all of you for continuing to support us!

Good luck!

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