Escape rooms have boomed in popularity in recent years – we’ve checked out a few escape rooms in Toronto – they are fun, interactive, and filled with unexpected mindbenders. They give you an adrenaline rush, fueled by a faux-high-stakes game. So we were pretty interested when Torontonicity was invited to check out Toronto’s new escape room, Escape Manor on King Street West.
After grabbing some drinks in the lounge, we went to check out The Asylum escape room. How it works is your team is locked in this frightful room and is given 45 minutes to figure out how to escape before a mad scientist comes for your brain. The group pulls together as a team, using their brains to think logically or laterally or any which way to solve the life-saving puzzles, with the goal of escaping in time. With brain intact. The goal is to avoid a lobotomy. I’d give my all for that.
Really, it’s an adrenaline rush that will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, IF you get out in time. It is also a photo opportunity when you get out.
The Asylum was the only escape room ready when we checked out Escape Manor in early October. However, there will be three more escape rooms opening in the next few weeks. We didn’t get a chance to try the other escape rooms at the Manor, but we will!
The lounge offers some puzzles to ponder – a great way to warm up the mind before the main event. Some are really puzzling, but you can choose something not so mind intensive (if it has been a long day at work) with board games like Jenga or Cards Against Humanity. You can grab a drink as you play a game or relax. The drinks help calm your nerves before being lured into The Asylum.
Next, we tried Axe Throwing. At first I was worried I’d throw the axe all over the place as I’m not a good thrower. Fortunately, the axe was going in the right direction and would possibly hit the mark, if I kept trying.
You can sign up for the Axe Throwing power hour, a 60 minute axe throwing tournament with one target for up to six players. There are experienced coaches that walk you through it so that you progress quickly and before you know it, you hit your target. Hopefully your target is the circle in front of you and not someone who dragged you into the lobotomy room. 😉
Tip: If ever you think you are under stress, choose axe throwing to relieve some of that stress (much better than getting a lobotomy).
Axe throwing is a bit of a workout and works several muscle sets that are not often used for most people.
The axe throwing, escape rooms, games and drinks make the Escape Manor a cool spot in Toronto to spend quality time with friends…activities that set the right tone for the days leading up to Hallowe’en.
Escape Manor, 383 King Street West, 647-417-1122