If you've ever attempted to solve an escape game before, you not only know how extremely difficult it is todo but also how insanely fun they are. All the rage right now in this city, escape games are challenging to say the least, but we just found out that Montreal's highest-rated escape game company, Obsidem, have just launched a whole new kind of live-action gaming experience unlike anything we've seen before.
Mysteriously known only as Project X, this is actually not really an escape at all. Exiting the room is not even the priority, and the standard puzzles typical to the activity no longer apply. Instead, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is channeling your inner spy to complete all objectives and scoring the most points to earn yourself a spot on Obsidem's online leaderboard!
Split into two teams and each given a clear set of objectives and challenges prior to starting, you’ll need to use your ingenuity to stay out of sight of patrolling guards, hack custom-made electronic security systems, disable cameras, use high-tech gear to look around corners and other cool gadgets to achieve your goals. Your team won’t be aware of the other team’s objectives, but will have to eventually cooperate along the way in order to complete the mission.
Project X accommodates 4-8 players and time limit depends on the game mode (extended vs. regular). The mission and challenges varies by team, so you're always kept guessing, and whether you’re a gamer, a movie enthusiast or even if you’re none of these, this is a great team game to test your spy skills, and more importantly, see how much smarter you are than your friends.
Escape games have taken the world by storm, and it’s no wonder – the combination of high-stakes scenarios, tactical thinking, and racing against the clock appeals to everybody, from all-out adrenaline junkies to lifelong gamers.
This summer, grab some friends and prove your skills at the brand-new branch of A/Maze, Montreal’s premier escape game company that combines innovative technology with incredibly immersive hands-on gameplay.
Having already made waves with their downtown location, A/Maze is finally bringing a fresh new batch of adventures and puzzles to Pointe-Claire on the West Island, to test your teamwork and keep you on your toes.
Three new scenarios - Museum Robbery, Pirate Ship and Circus – pit you against a deadline in a race to get out of the room using only the clues and objects provided. Each has a unique storyline, but all take place in the same universe, requiring players to find the missing elements of the A/Maze Artifact and get out of the room before the countdown ends.
Those good enough to beat all three rooms can present their finds to the game master and receive a prize for their efforts, although don't expect it to be easy - there's only 45 minutes in which to crack the codes and claim your reward.
These kinds of escape games first became popular online back in the day, and A/Maze is bringing that classic format into the 21st century with new technology and custom-made environments. A team of game specialists have worked on making the storylines as fun and demanding, as they are intriguing, so you will definitely need your A-game if you ever hope to rise to the challenge.
In Museum Robbery, you and your crew have to find a famous artists’ work and unlock the mystery of her life-changing stay in Argentina. The Pirate Ship scenario has you searching for a notorious pirate’s lost medallion, while Circus drops you into the middle of a mystery involving murderous clowns and a fiercely coveted family heirloom.
Having to make quick-fire decisions and think strategically requires good communication and cooperative leadership, making A/Maze a perfect choice for a group of friends, or unique corporate team-building events.
As well as their brain-busting team simulations, A/Maze will also soon be launching the ‘Houdini Experience’; a single-player game where the aim is to get yourself out of an interactive cage in just five minutes flat. See if you can match up to the Great Houdini and escape, by literally thinking outside the box with a mix of logic, quick reactions and first-rate problem-solving skills.
Over 40,000 people have already visited A/Maze in Montreal, so make sure to be one of the first to check out their new space in the West Island. Their approach to real-life gaming is so nail-bitingly engaging that you’ll forget all about the world outside the room - even while you’re trying to escape it.
Visit A/Maze at the CF Fairview Pointe Claire shopping centre or make a reservation through their website, and don't forget to follow them on Facebook for all the latest news.
Escape games have become the hottest new activity to challenge your friends or colleagues in a unique and entertaining way. The concept is simple: escape the room using your sharpest wit, powers of deduction, teamwork, and a little luck, before time runs out. If you've never tried one before, seriously, what are you doing with your life?
Since last year, quite a few escape games have opened up in the greater Montreal vicinity, but the very first to open was Échappe-Toi and to this day offers one of the best experiences out there. Echappe-Toi provides five unique and bilingual scenarios to participants which are all based on historical Montreal events. These 5 scenarios are experienced through six immersive rooms, where participants are introduced by a game master as they enter. Once the game master has introduced you to the story, the rest is up to you.
The Cursed Treasure of Hochelaga
You and your team of adventurers have entered into the wreckage of the Petite Hermine, Jacques Cartier's lost ship originally used to discover the village of Hochelaga back in 1535. 25 sailors, decimated by scurvy, died on the Petite Hermine. The last person to have found the remains of the shipwreck was a famous archaeologist who lost his mind after one hour of searching the Petite Hermine. Will you be able to get in, find out what happened, and leave without losing your mind?
Al Patraz / Disappearance
You have been left clues by the infamous Al-Patraz bandit who escaped from Grover prison, mysteriously disappeared, and was believed to have built himself a new life somewhere in the Caribbean. But this was all a ruse, as he is in fact waiting for you to find him and join his “urban Robin Hood" crew. Only 3% ever manage to escape, will that be you?
Your team of detectives has 60 minutes to uncover the truth behind a series of unexplained disappearances that occurred during the cabaret days of Montreal in the 30's. Your investigation has led you to The Tripots, a bar where illegal gaming has become very popular and is now the scene of a dangerous scandal involving the chief of the police. Will you solve the mystery and escape before it is your turn to disappear?
The Locker Room
You are about to play in the finals of the Garage League with your team Les Gro’Ver Boys for a chance to win your very first championship. The head coach has just finished his speech and left you in the locker room to prepare. As you go to hit the ice, you discover you have been locked in the locker room and have exactly 1 hour to get out, or be forced to forfeit the game. Do you have what it takes to escape?
Murder at Champlain TV Studios
Some 40 years after the unsolved murder of famous TV host, Elise, for the popular daily show “Hello Elise”, you've been asked by Chief Detective Lapointe to re-open the case. To do so, you will have to enter the condemned Champlain TV Studios, but this old building is set to be demolished in exactly 1 hour. Can you gather the evidence you're looking for and escape the building before it all gets destroyed?
Each environment is custom-built with scenarios changing every three months to keep you guessing every time you visit. The six rooms combined can accommodate up to 52 players at once, and Échappe-Toi also offers company team building activities, including workshops and training, that your team can take back to the office. Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of Montrealers already know.
So you think you're smart, huh? Confident in your problem-solving abilities? Can you properly decipher the codes, puzzles and hidden clues around you in time to find the key that will set you free? Escape the room games have been wildly popular in Japan for the last several years, but Montrealers are only now starting to embrace them here in the city. A great way to challenge your friends and family, or do some team building with co-workers, or even to celebrate an event, escape games have been popping up all over recently, so we decided to compile a list of some of the best ones for your gaming pleasure.
Among the first escape rooms to open in Montreal, Find the Key offers one of the most original and authentic experiences out there. With 3 different scenarios to choose from (War Zone, Crime Scene, The Illusionist), once you enter the room, you become part of the story. Every detail has been meticulously considered and executed to deliver a fully-immersive reality. Scenarios are all bilingual and will definitely keep you guessing with a variety of custum-made sensors, programming, sound effects, light effects, etc., but don't worry, you'll have a "Guardian Angel" looking out for you if you get stuck. Located close to Berri UQAM metro station, with special rebates for students, weekday bookings or special events for groups, Find the Key is the perfect way to kill time before a night out downtown or in the Old Port.
Inspired by video games, TV shows, movies and books, Obsidem plunges players into interactive live games where you'll have to work as a team to solve intriguing problems, escape from precarious situations, and unravel the plot before time runs out. Obsidem has been careful not to overuse the whole “find a combination or key to open something” concept and features tons of interactive & electronically controlled features to create challenging and hybrid games where escaping the room isn’t even necessarily the priority. Release your inner geek in truly immersive and realistic environments with the choice of 3 different scenarios (including one designed with the help of an actual detective!) with a new, top-secret one on the way coming October 2015.
À la loupe isn't your typical escape game, changing the format and putting you on the case outside instead of locked in a room. A great way to enjoy summer and (re)discover the city in a new way, À la loupe offers two different scenarios: Investigate the biggest theft case in Montreal while discovering some of Old Montreal's most amazing buildings -or- Re-open the cold case of a missing child in the Plateau Mont-Royal, with a focus on Montreal’s amazing street art. Everything you need to complete your task (instructions, bag, clues etc.) is given to you at the beginning of each game and games last on average 2 hours. To be crowned the big winner, your team will have to score the most points based on reasoning, logic, speed and creativity. À la loupe only costs $14/person or 12$/person for a group of 6 and up (very reasonable), and there's obviously a fair bit of walking involved, so probably a good idea to save the stilettos.
Located right on the Main, Ezkapaz's colourful themes are as diverse and challenging for the seasoned gamer and the occasional puzzle-solver alike, with difficulty levels adapted to the group at hand. Developed by a local Montreal wizard of the escape game experience, all of the scenarios have been specifically designed to test your powers of deduction and observation, where every single element in the room is a clue, and nothing has been left to chance. Games are 60 minutes each, which trust me when I say, goes by very fast, but Ezkapaz won't leave you hanging at any point if you get stuck. Game masters will be there to answer your questions and offer voice commands if you are struggling or heading in the wrong direction. Ezkapaz game masters are so nice in fact, they'll even allow you a few extra minutes of gameplay at the end if they think you're close enough to escaping, so everyone has a chance to leave a winner.
With three different immersive scenarios to choose from, A/Maze takes the point-and-click format of “escape-the-room” adventures made popular by video games and puts you directly in the action. From customized decorations, to working props, to large-scale artwork, as well as locally-produced music to really suck you into the reality of each game, everything at A/Maze has been carefully considered to optimize your experience. Each scenario featuresits own interactive environment based on historical and cultural facts where up to 14 people can play at the same time. Elaborate environments, challenging story lines, and amazing attention to detail have made A/Maze extremely popular since they opened, but you better bring your A-game because only 5-10% of people ever manage to successfully complete the game.
As the biggest franchised escape game in Eastern Canada, Trapped definitely knows how to deliver truly immersive and engaging experiences you will want to try more than once. Designed to test your wits and challenge all 5 of your senses at the same time like no video game ever could, Trapped was masterfully crafted by an interior designer from Osaka, Japan, and offers 4 unique, multi-room escape games that bring fantasy and movie stories to real life. After Trapped's friendly game masters explain all the rules and scenario details, you and up to 8 of your friends have 60 minutes and 2 free hints to solve the tricky puzzles and beat the room, hopefully with your friendship still intact!