Have you ever tried an escape room? For me this was a first, Échappe-toi offers 6 different scenarios in different rooms to test your abilities to identify and decipher the clues. This might seem easy but trust me it’s not. Only 3% of the people partaking in these scenarios actually resolve all of the clues to find the key to unlock the door.
As for what to expect, you’ll be brought in a theme physical space based on your scenario and you will have an hour to figure out all the clues that will open the door. I went with 4 of my friends and we got to play the ”Prohibition 2.0″ scenario this is what we were facing.
Saturday evening, June 18th, 1938. Festival sounds dance through the streets of Montreal, otherwise known as the capital of Sin City. The Tripot, a popular illegal bar on St. Lawrence avenue, known for its variety shows, humorous cabarets, and soft swing music where customers come to dance all night.
As famous theatre, The Tripot has been suspected of facilitating games of chances and illegal gambling.
The owner has been questioned on several occasions by police. He denies all the charges against him notwithstanding all the evidence provided by an undercover informant.
This evening, a famous group of jazz musicians from Montreal, The Ace of Spades, are performing at The Tripot, while the police noose is tightening around the owner.
Hopefully the investigation will not ruin the evening!
You have one hour before police officers arrive with their warrant. Are you able to find the undercover informant in order to escape the police officers and save your evening at the Tripot?
I have to admit that when we were brought in the room by the bartender (our host for the scenario) it took us a good 15 minutes to figure out what we had to do. Everything and nothing can be a clue and you have to keep your eyes open and work as a team to not only find the clues but also analyse their meaning. The rooms are pretty cool and decorated to fit the scenario and costumes are also there to really get you into the role your playing. Unfortunately we didn’t make it but we got about 85% of the clues resolved. I really hate losing so I was a little less down when our host mentioned that that room was the toughest one and only 1% of the participant actually make it out. We did have a lot of fun during that hour and I’m sure the next time we will do a lot better.
If you are looking for a good way to spend an hour with some friends or do some team building with your colleagues you should try this out. You can reserve online on their website and below are all their contact information.
BY SEBASTIEN ROBILLARD
2244 Lariviere Street, Montreal, Quebec H2K4P8
Tuesday to Thursday: 1:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:30am to 11:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am to 11:00pm
Metro: Frontenac / Papineau
Bus: 10, 24, 29, 125, 356, 360
Parking: There is no private parking available at Echappe-Toi Montreal. However, there are plenty of free parking spaces in the surrounding streets