Best Escape Room in Toronto?

What are the best escape rooms in Toronto? Who has the number 1 escape game in Toronto and which out of your escape rooms is better than all the others? These are just a few of the questions we get on a daily basis and try to answer.
First off let’s start off by saying that escape rooms really are subjective. In our own experience, we have played many escape rooms around the city and some we have fun in and some fall flat. We don’t feel that our experiences are necessarily tied to what the venue did or did not do or how well they did with their puzzles or design. We feel there are many factors that influence our experience, it can be anything from the group that you played, what time, if you’re hungry or a little tired so it’s really hard to pick one game over the other as being our favourite.
What can contribute to a good game? We have some things that we do that feel make us unique and make our games top quality:

  1. All of our games are private bookings. We don’t pair you with unknown players. Each game is a group of your choosing.
  2. We use space! Toronto rent is expensive and making larger games is a sacrifice. It was something that was important to us to design our games in larger spaces. It’s more comfortable for the players and allows for some great discoveries and surprises. All our games are multi-room experiences.
  3. Story is important. Who, What, Where and Why? We try to answer all these questions while you’re playing your game. Everything makes sense and the story fits with what you’re doing. It just makes for a more convincing experience.
  4. Immersive rooms! Cool props and minimal wear and tear. We take care of our games, we clean them, we fix things constantly because nothing is worse than something that does work or something that looks like 200 people before have used it.
  5. Service! I think anyone that has visited knows we’re invested in your experience and just want to make sure everyone in your team has the best time possible. From the moment you walk into our doors we want to make sure you feel welcome. We watch all our games and monitor your progress. We keep you on track to make sure you have a good experience.
  6. Safety- we don’t use handcuffs or have any locks on our doors. Everything we do we keep in mind safety as that is our number 1 priority at all times.

 
Who is the best? Of course we like to think we are! But what rational do we use for that? We are rated as number #1 Escape Room in Toronto on tripadvisor and feel this is a good representation of what we offer. Tripadvisor requires real reviews from real people and will ban any businesses that don’t adhere to their strict guidelines. This reduces the trolls and allows everyone to get an unbiased opinion.
If you have visited us recently, please leave us a review on tripadvisor and google business. Our goal is not only to be the best escape room in Toronto but to be a top entertainment venue!
Thanks to all our loyal and amazing customers for taking the time to leave reviews, share their experiences, refer their friends and for allowing us to put smiles on your faces.
If you haven’t visited us already, come experience our games for yourselves.

Playing Escape Games With Kids

After my very first Escape Game, I thought to myself, “My kids would so looovvvee this” and I really wanted to share my new hobby with them. Upon looking for venues that allow children, I was surprised how few were actually appropriate.
For our Game, it was important to me to provide a game that kids could play along side their parents. I am careful with how I word that as this is *still* a very challenging game packed with twists and turns. Kids cannot fully play the game on their own as adults still need to be present. I have learned a lot from watching kids play the game and I have a few tips that I want to share.

  1. Know your child: I am slowing coming to terms that Escape Games are not for everyone (I have a few friends that refuse to play- but honestly if they just *tried* they’d see how awesome it is!). The same can be said for kids. If your child is very anxious and doesn’t like the idea of being ‘locked’ in a room they might not want to play.
  2. Find the right venue: Use Google, read reviews and find a highly reviewed venue with accommodating staff. Customer service goes a long way to allow for some adaptability that your child might need. Also, some facilities allow for extra people outside of your group to participate so make sure you’re booking a private group.  
  3. Find the right story: As for the game, you’ve got to make sure to find an acceptable story. Even if there is a mention of something spooky it can set off a child’s imagination. Props are usually present.. so even if you can shield them from the story there might be some upsetting props in the room.
  4. Find the right game: Make sure the game is recommended for children as certain games split groups up, use handcuffs, lock you in a prison cell or have a mix of puzzles that just won’t be interesting to children.
  5. Ratios! While it’s fun to play alongside your kids or a few kids– you don’t want to have the kids outnumber the adults by too much. Make sure you are with a group that you have the ability to rein in if they get too excited or distracted.
  6. Hints are your friends: find a venue where they offer hints and preferably unlimited hints. Groups made up with children can get a little chaotic at times. You might find that you might need some extra hints to get you through some tricky parts.
  7. It’s not as easy as you think: Don’t assume just because the game allows children that it’s easy. Our game for example is challenging for both adults and kids. Our unique puzzle design appeal to a wide variety of people but we still need adults to play. This is not time for you to sit back and let the kids do the work– it’s best as you work with the team.
  8. Listen and cooperate with the kids: Children are good scavengers, they often find items or have ideas that may get disregarded by the adults. Kids are very intuitive and naturally great at puzzle solving (plus they play a lot of video games) so certainly listen to their suggestions! Be open minded, listen and cooperate as a team player. If they are showing signs of being frustrated or bored- give them small tasks to complete or involve them in your thought process.
  9. This is not another life lesson:  Try to refrain to use an escape game as a teachable moment. I understand the temptation parents! There are plenty opportunities for teachable moments, I believe this discovery needs to come from within and that is why it’s such a good experience for kids. This is a game first and foremost– would you do this with Monopoly? Mario Brother? I hope not!  Instead, go out for ice cream or a treat afterwards and discuss your experiences after you play.

Escape games are an excellent opportunity for friends and families to play together and bond together as a family. Try to involve your kids. Let everyone play a part no matter how small and overall just have fun! If you’re in the Toronto area and would like to try a game with your kids, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns or to enquire about booking a spot.  https://www.lookingglassadventures.com