Escape rooms were first popular in Asia and Western Europe, before exploding as a worldwide phenomenon. Inspired by the escape-the-room style video games, an escape room is a physical adventure game. Your team is locked in a room – decorated to replicate another location.

How It All Started

Escape rooms were first popular in Asia and Western Europe, before exploding as a worldwide phenomenon. Inspired by the escape-the-room style video games, an escape room is a physical adventure game. Your team is locked in a room – decorated to replicate another location. You have to solve a series of puzzles and riddles to complete a set of objectives and escape, all within the time limit. These puzzles or riddles are usually presented to you in a way that ties in with the theme of the room. Essentially, you and your friends get to take centre stage in an action thriller.

“You are a secret agent, assigned a new mission.”

“You are stuck in a police cell, accused of a crime you did not commit.”

“A biological virus has taken over the city and you must rendezvous with the final rescue team.”

“You are tasked with piecing together a murdered scientist’s ground-breaking research before you become a victim yourself.”

You get to engage with the story, to really be a part of the action and to confirm your suspicion that you would, in fact, have made a great spy. Teamwork is essential. Your logic and problem-solving ability will be tested. If you are successful, the satisfaction is immense.

Interested?

If you are looking for a fun activity on a rainy day or a free evening, check out one of the many escape rooms that Toronto has to offer. All escape rooms are different and center on a unique theme, story line and challenge. Some popular rooms you will find in Toronto involve prison breakouts, haunted houses, murder mysteries and a zombie apocalypse. Rooms vary in difficulty so you will never be short of a challenge.

Try something new with your friends – most venues accommodate between four and twenty people per room. Always make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment – especially if you have your heart set on a specific room as they do tend to book up quick!

Search for “escape” directly on the Bordie app and it will filter to all the Escape Rooms in Toronto. For the ones we’ve partnered with, you can book for a time-slot instantly!

Before You Go

Here are some quick tips:

  • Don’t stand still. Move around the room and inspect EVERYTHING. You might find a hidden clue.
  • Share the load. Sometimes you stare at a clue for so long, you can’t see what is right in front of you.
  • Listen to your host. Their introduction spiel might contain crucial information.

So, what are you waiting for? Go embrace the excitement and confusion. Plot your escape.

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