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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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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.

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.

We've Got Board Games!

We have an exciting announcement to make! Looking Glass Adventures is starting to carry board games. Look no further for birthday gifts, family games night games or some dinner party entertainment. We can suggest one of our favourites that suites your price point or occasion as well as show you the basics of how to play.
We would love for you to try out some of our games so we have started a games night at our venue. Starting May 24th and on every other Thursday, we will demo a selection of games as well as offer 15% off any games that you buy during our games night. Watch for different themes and games that we will offer for each event. Please sign up on facebook for the dates you’re planning on attending but no ticket purchases are needed. We’ll have some pizza and drinks on hand for sale so stay for some food and stay to play our games for as long as you like!
Thursday May 24th, 6PM-10PM – Intro to Boardgames
Thursday June 7th, 6PM-10PM – Must Have Summer Games
Thursday June 21st, 6PM-10PM- Outdoor Games
We will update our future games night events in this post once we have more themes and games established.