Tuesday, December 3, 2013

EXIT - time to get off your butt to play a 'REAL' game!



Unit 2115, 4653 Garden City Road, Richmond

If I told you I just paid strangers to lock me a small dark room for 45 minutes, you must think I am crazy. For someone who doesn't like the dark and absolutely hate horror movies, I totally enjoyed this experience. Imagine the twisted games in the movie Saw, where 'contestant' where locked up in a room and challenge to escape within a certain time frame, well that's is exactly what the game Exit is all about, except for sawing off your leg part. :P

Exit is a thrilling and unique puzzle game that literally locks up team of  4 or 6 in a room for 45 minutes. During this time, you have to look for a series of clues/puzzles that will eventually allow you to escape the room/rooms. However if you do get stuck, you are allowed two helps, which means the staff will come in and give you a general hint on what you are looking for.
Also you are not allowed to take anything into the game, except for 2 tiny lamps that barely provide any lighting. All your belonging can be stored in the above lockers. There are security cameras in the room, so don't even think about sneaking in your phone to use as flashlight.
There are 4 themes you can choose from: The Lost Ship, Ancient Egypt, Prison and Labortory Escape. Each room is intricately decorated to make you believe in the story. Lost ship and Anicent Egypt are the easier rooms, while Laboratory is the hardest one. I absolutely concur when they say Lab is hard, there are just so much going on, and you can easily lost track of time, 45 mins will go by in a flash. Plus I think the decor in Laboratory is very realistic to a point of being scary when you first walk in. I highly recommend trying the other rooms first before attempting this one.

Personally, I think it requires 2 factors to successfully complete this game: 1)Luck, when it comes to finding a physical clues (keys, writings, etc), you rely complete on how fast you can spot it with limited lighting. 2) Analytical skills: once you get the clue, you will have to figure out what it means, it's not always about the math.

Here are some tips:
- manage your time properly, if you get stuck, ask for help early, so at least you can go further in the game
- usually clues are obvious, so don't waste your time with obscure writings or props that just don't make sense
- it's not always about math, study your clue carefully and think outside the box, and uses your knowledge.
- sometime the clues are not in chronological orders, so once you get a clue, let other players continuously search for more, cause you don't know which ones will suit your purpose at that stage of your game.
- lastly, go to the bathroom before hand and don't come hungry so you are not distracted. Also don't forget to wash your hand after, because you will be touching about a million things in there.

Our team was not successful in escaping, but I had lots of fun in trying it. The only downside to this game is probably the price, it's about $24/person. It's not the cheapest thing around, but I think it's worth a visit, as this is the only real life escape game in Vancouver.


Anonymous December 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

So you're saying that you can ask for help but how can they help you?

Jenny December 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

they will give you a general idea what you are looking for or a general area you should look in

Anonymous December 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Were you bumping into each other in the dark?

Jenny December 4, 2013 at 7:54 AM

No, you are given 2 little lamps, so basically people work in groups to look for clues in the general area.

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