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The top 7 room escape games in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 8, 2014

escape games torontoEscape games in Toronto bring a massive gaming trend from Asia to our home turf. The real-world games imprison participants in a room with friends (or strangers); you're then forced to hunt for clues around the game environment, using logic and teamwork to free yourselves in a race against the clock (games tend to last under an hour).

That model lends itself to a range of settings - from murder mysteries and jewel heists to horror-movie scenarios and post-apocalyptic worlds - but, thankfully, some of them are a little less dour. Thanks to the sudden influx of escape games in the city, you've got your choice of which alternate universe to get lost in. (Claustrophobes, proceed with caution.)

Here are my picks for the top 7 room escape games in Toronto.

Real Escape Game T.O.
Located in the Foundery building on Bathurst, Real Escape Game is a single-scenario race against time that's been played around the world, from Japan to China to the U.S. The game was one of the first to arrive on the scene in Toronto, and though other game rooms have since arrived that offer more rooms with different scenarios, our reviewer says it kept her on the edge of her seat for the entire hour. Tickets must be bought in advance and come to roughly $30 with tax.

Escape Games
Located just a stone's throw away from Downsview Station, Escape Games bills itself as the largest escape facility in North America, at 10,000 square feet. It may also be one of the most intense, with a heavy focus on realistic props and settings. Their range of escape-game scenarios includes a prison escape, a diamond theft, and a Mayan ruin exploration; more are on the way, including a haunted house in Japan and a post-apocalyptic hospital. Admission will run you $16.95 to $22, depending on the date and time; note that they ask you to either come in groups of two or four depending on the time.

De Code Adventures
Brain-teaser lovers, take note: this Mississauga escape gaming outfit rate their games not only by difficulty, but what kind of reasoning skills you're called upon to use for each puzzle; additionally, you can also influence difficulty levels by requesting hints. (If your neurons are still all fired up after your challenge ends, they also host a board game cafe!) The standard admission is $29.99 per person.

Across from the Pacific Mall, this complex of escape rooms skips the Saw-style horror and creepitude of other escape rooms for a few whimsical 45-minute challenges: there's a version where you escape from an after-school detention hall, a poker-themed level, and - be still, my nerdy heart - a Super Mario room. Pricing per person is $20 Monday to Thursday and $25 Friday to Saturday.

Mystery Room
Mystery Room is just a five-minute walk away from Escape Games - escape-room fans, looks like Downsview Station is your new ground zero. Mystery Room's games are ordered by level of difficulty, so newbies and old hands alike will have the opportunity to get the pants scared off of them: Options include a prison scenario, a haunted hospital, and something called "Satan's Lair". They're open past midnight week-round, which can only increase the creep factor. Bring a group - rates hinge on how many people you bring, from $46 for two ($23 each) to $136 for eight ($17 each).

AT Escape
Yonge and Sheppard's AT Escape is one of the cheapest escape room experience on the list, at $18 plus tax per person, but don't think that automatically translates into a loss of quality. They offer five rooms, including a library lock-up, a sealed toy room (curse those meddling kids), a bunker, a jailbreak scenario, and a bio-lab plagued by out-of-control micro-organisms, with one more - a hall of mirrors - on the way.

Great Escape
North York's Great Escape features a couple of the creepier scenarios on this list, including escaping from a cannibalistic tribe and breaking out of a serial killer's garage (though it's entirely possible they just tip their hand a little more on the spoilers than some of these other escape rooms). There's also a race against time to diffuse a bomb, as well as a labyrinth level that only 3% of people have successfully completed. They certainly beat the competition price-wise; admission is $15 per person.

Photo by ben_a via the blogTO Flickr pool.



Bob bobertson / August 8, 2014 at 11:04 am
I think Mystery room has fake reviews. I was on the Facebook page and saw some negative reviews, but everything was really positive. But the positive reviews are from people not even on the country, and all of them like and vote for the same things, despite being from different countries. Pretty suspect.
Chris / August 8, 2014 at 11:12 am
I can't compare to other rooms but I did "Real Escape Game" on the long weekend and it was definitely worth the money.
Natalia replying to a comment from Ryan Henson Creighton / August 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm
We don't do paid promotion in articles.

The piece has been amended to indicate typical games run under an hour, not about an hour.

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.
Locked-in Room Escape / August 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Darryl / August 8, 2014 at 01:14 pm
While I haven't had a chance to do an escape room in Toronto yet I did visit one in Niagara on the weekend (surprisingly they own and had a blast. Family and I didn't manage to get out but still enjoyed the experience.

Looking forward to trying some of the local ones. Such a great concept.
mark / August 8, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There is also a room escape place in scarborough called Mission45 room escape, there has been lots of players played at this location already, and they just opened two new themes with some high tech stuffs.
Mike / August 8, 2014 at 02:45 pm
I went to Locked In and tried the Classroom (easiest difficulty). "Easy" is relative and it was still difficult and required some brain power. We escaped in 44 mins! Will be going back to try their other rooms soon. Also very interested in trying other places to see how they compare.
Di / August 8, 2014 at 02:50 pm
We went to AT Escape few weeks ago. Failed to break out the jail room :( The room is so realistic and I love how I have to constantly work on my brain. Will go back to try the Biolab room soon.
TomE / August 8, 2014 at 03:21 pm
Ryan, surely even an incorrigibly argumentative pedant like yourself can surely:

1) Count to 7
2) Realize that as #8, Freeing is clearly being mentioned as a related "coming attractions next month" tidbit for room escape buffs
3) Conclude the "Top 7 in TO" in fact omits the Freeing bonus trivia, contrary to your now twice-blurted contention

I realize your position as Distinguished Chairman Of The Association of Room Escape Games places you under a great deal of stress, what with your deep personal investment - but seriously, try to keep it together?
Natalia replying to a comment from Ryan Henson Creighton / August 8, 2014 at 04:10 pm
These are the most promising Toronto and GTA-based escape games we came across in our research on the topic, and no, I haven't visited all of them. I'd be thrilled to hear your picks.
EscapistTO / August 8, 2014 at 04:21 pm
I keep an updated list here:
TomE / August 8, 2014 at 04:32 pm
Since you asked, Ryan, here's my top 5 ways to write a "Top 7 Restaurants" list for you:

1) Average out the year-end reviews of the city's top critics
2) Use known industry rankings/metrics
3) Profile up-and-comers based on promise/buzz in a new niche/space or the reps of their new star chefs
4) Ask readers to vote on their top 7 fave spots
5) Go to every single restaurant in Toronto and pick the 7 best ones

There'd be different kinds of validity to a piece based on any one or combo of these approaches, but you're probs way too caught up in this personal brand of pedantic antagonism of yours to agree.
Sam / August 8, 2014 at 06:15 pm
Hi, I'm one of the owners of Prison Breaker located at Kennedy/Steeles. It's a shame we didn't make this list =(. But....I hereby cordially invite you, Natalie to come and try the experience at our location. I trust you will not be disappointed!

I hope you'll get the chance to sample most, if not all, of the available room escapes games in the GTA. I've been to a few myself and even as an owner of one, I'd say that we each have our own unique ways to provide the most entertainment to our customers so it's a difference experience wherever you go.

Hope we get to see you soon!

TomE / August 8, 2014 at 09:36 pm
Keep it together Ryan, it was you that threw out an apples and oranges comparison like restaurants vs. tiny nerdy little niches like escape games (no, there's no Zagat or Michelin stars for something like Toronto room escapes, nor a canon of famous go-to industry critics - big shocker there). A lot of "these" lists on here also actually ARE reader polls, even if this one wasn't.

In any case, your point has been made - your crusade here need not sink to outright petulance where you stamp your feet waiting for posts to be renamed.
Sophie replying to a comment from Ryan Henson Creighton / August 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Hey Ryan, you know they're usually always hiring.
Why don't you apply, since you're so hyper critical of what's currently being posted.
Shawn / August 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm
Thanks for featuring some of the room-escape places. We really put our hart and soul into our facility and it is a dream for us to see it become a reality. We really wanted to bring the best from what we saw from Europe and Asia to Toronto while making more than just escapes. We have some cool ideas in the pipeline and can't wait to showcase our newest technologies and ideas. Natalia, give us a call and we'll set something up for you and your friends so you can give us a shot this way no one can say you aren't informed =)

The Entire Team at Escape Games Canada
Ryan's sister / August 8, 2014 at 11:17 pm
I've never seen someone get so emotional over an article. Loosen up a bit Ryan
Shawn replying to a comment from Shawn / August 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm
Ryan Henson Creighton replying to a comment from Sophie / August 9, 2014 at 01:54 am
Hey Sophie - BlogTO offered me a gig writing technology pieces for them a few years ago, but i don't write for free. Looks like some do.

My criticisms are legit, and it amazes me that you and others don't see a problem with a "top [whatevers]" article written by someone with absolutely no experience of [whatevers].
Ella .O.L. / August 9, 2014 at 02:03 am
I wonder where Ryan Creighton went guys?

Probably back to taking advantage of his child's work...
reader / August 9, 2014 at 01:41 pm
Ryan actually has a very good point...but the problem is, no one cares enough. Hence these type of comments back at him...

I agree, you can't really call it a top 7 when you haven't even been to them all.

I think the reddit post in the comments is the best one, unbiased list of all of the locations.
Sophie replying to a comment from Ryan Henson Creighton / August 9, 2014 at 04:37 pm
"BlogTO offered me a gig writing technology pieces for them a few years ago, but i don't write for free. "

Why not?
Doesn't look like you're doing anything much more important.
There's a reason your "clients" are little one-off projects. You produce incredibly weak content.

OH Your attitude is fucking gross.
Ryan Henson Creighton replying to a comment from Sophie / August 9, 2014 at 04:52 pm
Sophie - This is how you react when i criticize an author for creating a "top 7 in Toronto" list with zero knowledge of what she's covering? My attitude towards that is "fucking gross"?

i can only guess that you're a friend of Natalia's, and are coming to her aid here. If you'd like to post your full name so that i can Google you and take a desperate, uncalled-for pot shot at your work, be my guest.
EscapistTO / August 10, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Ryan brought up a good point in a hostile way that wasn't conducive to discussion. There isn't even a bomb defusal room at Great Escape!

If anyone wants recommendations, or just to talk about room escapes in general, feel free to email me at

K-L / August 11, 2014 at 08:06 pm

"I am not some trope that should be used to scare people in a haunted house. I am a for-real person, who struggles daily with an illness that colours nearly every aspect of my life. The same goes for every other person living with mental illness. We’re not the punch line to your “crazy” joke. We’re people coping with very real, sometimes deadly illnesses and that alone is a hard enough row to hoe without tossing mental health stigma on top of everything else."
Tommy / August 12, 2014 at 09:44 pm
How about Prison Breaker? Opened longer than locked in and it's right beside Pacific mall. Go check it out. This list is whacked...people paying to get on this list for advertisement? Some of these people must be desperate.
Sam lee / August 13, 2014 at 02:31 pm
Bob Bobertson, there's a time when mystery room offered discount for people giving them 5 wonder we feel the reviews are fake. People pay for advertisement and good recognition in this world..simple..
Jon / August 17, 2014 at 12:12 am
If you want a more indepth look at escape games, check this out
Pete / August 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Wow Jon, I didn't think this post was that bad until I read how good your review was from that link...great job!! You just made this post look so bad hahaha
Fanny / August 19, 2014 at 01:11 pm
I see you've deleted my comment so I'll say again that the next time you plan to create a top 7 list you ought to have first hand experience in what your are reviewing rather than randomly draw names of a hat. This list ain't reliable at all if you never even tried the places.
Christina replying to a comment from Fanny / August 22, 2014 at 07:11 am
Great post, Jon! You definitely gave a thorough look at al the games

I completely agree with Fanny...this post was absolutely terrible and it's quite clear the poster has not had any first hand experience with these games..
Shawn replying to a comment from Tommy / August 27, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Hi Tommy,

We didn't pay to get on the list but I agree that Jon's assessment is far more accurate and he's actually tried a lot of them.

EscaperExperience / September 12, 2014 at 04:21 pm
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Hopefully this will help you !
Jason / September 29, 2014 at 02:53 pm
Anyone been to Breakout @ 388 Spadina Ave 2nd Fl?
Crystal / October 2, 2014 at 03:58 pm
I am obsessed with this kind of game. I am so surprised that BreakOut Team Adventures around Scarborough Town Centre is not on here. I played on the day they opened with a group of 7 people and it was mind blowing! I mean they seriously think outside of the box, so different than other kind of escape games. It was creepy but I loved it!
if you guys wanna check them out:
houdini / October 7, 2014 at 07:04 pm
How do I find these places?
Olive / October 19, 2014 at 11:15 am
Great article.
Cassie / October 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm
Exit Strategy is a new escape the room challenge that has just opened in Burlington! Book online
Jeff / November 5, 2014 at 06:27 pm
There's this new one called Trapped in Markham area that's really big and nicely designed (really nice renovation in rooms). I'm a huge fan of escape games since 2 years ago back in Vancouver. I highly recommend this one to everybody who is looking for a legit one to participate.
Jeff / November 5, 2014 at 06:27 pm
There's this new one called Trapped in Markham area that's really big and nicely designed (really nice renovation in rooms). I'm a huge fan of escape games since 2 years ago back in Vancouver. I highly recommend this one to everybody who is looking for a legit one to participate.

sorry forgot to include their website :
Jeff / November 5, 2014 at 06:28 pm
There's this new one called Trapped in Markham area that's really big and nicely designed (really nice renovation in rooms). I'm a huge fan of escape games since 2 years ago back in Vancouver. I highly recommend this one to everybody who is looking for a legit one to participate.

sorry forgot to include their website :
Jennifer / November 11, 2014 at 07:50 pm
If anyone is in the downtown TO area. Try out Trapped! (yes, with an exclamation mark) by Bay & Dundas!

Their Rooms are very different than other escape games rooms. they have concepts that the industry has not been done before! Definitely worth trying it out!

Jon / November 13, 2014 at 01:42 am
Seems like this post is still going on.

For a detailed review of many locations in Toronto:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Hope you all enjoy it. We took the time and effort to really make sure this will help you all make a decision on which location best suits your interests.

Ryan Henson Creighton / November 17, 2014 at 06:18 pm
It's weird that escape game owners are popping up here saying "i heard about this other place..." Why not just post honestly, as yourself? What are you trying to hide?

This article frustrated me, partly because my own escape game company hadn't yet launched, but mostly because it was obvious the author hadn't visited a single one of these locations. If you write a "top x" article, i think people consider it a collection of reviews based on your experience.

My company is called LockQuest, and we're located downtown across from the Summerhill TTC subway station. Our debut game is called Escape the Book Club Killer:

These are two reviews from writers who have actually played the game:

i, the owner, Ryan Henson Creighton (which is my real name), would absolutely love to have BlogTO readers in to play. Here's to honesty! i hope to host a game with you soon.

- Ryan

ryan's dad / December 1, 2014 at 11:44 am
hey ryan, not sure who peed in your cereal but relax and be happy :) not everything in the world is shitty.
Derek / December 1, 2014 at 05:20 pm
Hello to all escape game lovers, great article.

Derek here from iEscaped! =)

Just wanted to let everyone know that iEscaped has been opened for business since Oct 24, 2014. Come check us out and have some fun.

We're located at:
5927 Yonge St Suite 205
Toronto, ON M2M 3V7
At the North East Corner of Yonge and Cummer and we have parking at rear on top of close to the finch subway station!

Also check out some of the reviews and info some reviewers had for us:

Hope to see you folks from blogto! =)

Diane / December 4, 2014 at 02:56 pm
I am a big fan of room escape games! I live in Scarborough and only tried three places so far. They are all around scarborough town centre!
1. NextRelic, (the doll room, forgot the name) well designed room and it was so creepy! They only have one theme, but it was in a pretty large area. I recommend it for a larger group of people. It was just kind of cold in there.
2. BreakOut Team Adventures, (WWII theme, forgot the name) it had a really nice theme and sound effects, and by sound effects, I mean real sound effects. I had a blast! It is a multi-room theme as well like nextrelic. There were barely no treasure hunt at all. And the ending was awesome and soooo unexpected!
3. Triango, I'm Chinese so I tried their dragon room. I think it has more fancy name haha but i forgot. I really like their game design, feel like I would never see something like that ever. But the downside of high tech is that it doesn't work all the time.... We experienced that! The game master came in and helped us a lot too. His english and mandarin were not good... maybe they accept more cantonese customers?

Anyways! Hope people can learn from my experience!
alex / December 9, 2014 at 07:13 am
real room escapes are getting a lot of attention these days. I've see few in Budapest (where I live at the moment) but also each major city in the near countries also have some kind of room escapes.
room escape have great potential, and investing in it could give you a good return of investment. I would like to experience some good horror room escape. that would be awesome.
Escape Games Review / December 18, 2014 at 10:38 am
Hey guys,

it seems that this article has become a warzone, but definitely outdated. Back in August there was probably only half of the rooms that are open now (after the September and November booms).

EscapistTO ( and ourselves ( have a more comprehensive list so you can be the judge of where to go.

Hopefully these help all of you coming across this articles but again you be the judge!

The EGR Team
Evan / December 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm
Check out this site, they do a great job of rating some of the room escapes and their individual rooms.!reviews/c1x9v
Mitch / December 25, 2014 at 06:27 pm
I second this new escape game review website.
Mitch / January 2, 2015 at 02:30 pm
The team that I posted before that has all the good room escape game reviews around Toronto now has an official domain name! Check it out.
rex / January 3, 2015 at 02:53 pm
thats 3 posts in a row, please stop self-promoting
Heather / January 5, 2015 at 09:31 am
I wanted to let everyone reading this know about a new escape room experience in Toronto called LockQuest. I did it last night and it was amazing, although I've never done anything like it before so nothing to compare it too... but I'm sure you'll all be happy to know of another puzzle to solve in the city :)
Karen / January 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm
At the time of posting, I've been to six escape room games and want to give you an insight into the ones that I've played so far. I'm still on the hunt for more escape rooms, so visit my blog again for more reviews.

Thanks for reading:
Robin / January 6, 2015 at 02:37 pm
One of the best ones is Escape the book club killer by LockQuest. They are near Summerhill station. The guys who run it are fantastic and all the puzzles are well thought out and unique. I can't wait to see what their next game scenario will be. Hard enough to be interesting but not frustrating. Everyone had a great time. I highly recommend. The two people we didn't know turned out to be our greatest asset so even if you are a small number don't feel intimidated joining others.
Tim replying to a comment from Locked-in Room Escape / January 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm
Promoting in the comment section? Desperate much? O and Locked-In, don't bother going, not worth it. Go to Escape Games at Downsville. Much better.
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Jonathan / January 15, 2015 at 10:43 pm
Check out this website! It's been posted before but definitely helped me find some great room escapes within the GTA!
Escape Reviewer replying to a comment from Jonathan / January 25, 2015 at 08:12 pm
Hey Jonathan!

Thanks for finding our website useful and sharing it with everyone!
We try to update it as often as possible! If you ever have any questions for us don't hesitate to email me at!

Marina / February 17, 2015 at 12:55 am
Captive Escape Rooms just had their grand opening Fri the 13th. They are located at Elm and Bay and are one of the most realistic escape rooms out there. Check out their murder mystery room Charlotte, or spend some time investigating Dracula's Library. You will have a blast!
Chuck / February 28, 2015 at 07:58 am
Article blows, man.
Dustin / February 28, 2015 at 08:00 am
Try escape the danger zone on Wigglesworth Ave. Makes all these places look like chump change.
Daniel / March 3, 2015 at 09:12 pm
Live Escape is also a sick place, we did the Nursery Nightmares with a group of friends and it was the best room we tried in Toronto.
Daniel replying to a comment from Daniel / March 3, 2015 at 09:13 pm
Check out live escape at
Mike / March 13, 2015 at 03:48 am
income tax montreal / March 18, 2015 at 12:49 am
Mystery room has fake views.
income tax montreal / March 23, 2015 at 02:06 am
That model range itself to be in the games to obtain the primary stage of the quest.
Seán / April 23, 2015 at 02:52 pm
So, are any of these places good for kids? (10 and 11 yr old sons)
Great Room Escape Denver / May 23, 2015 at 07:04 pm
I hope to make it to Toronto someday to tryout some of their escape rooms!
Mike / June 8, 2015 at 04:41 pm
I was in Escape Games, huge hall with lot of escape rooms! Thank you for inspiration.
Christine / July 14, 2015 at 07:42 pm
We are opening our escape game for August 1st on the Danforth. We have children's prices as well as a 'PG' type story that won't scare the kids. It's still challenging though.. so adults will need to be there too. I can't think of a better family bonding experience.
Marco / July 29, 2015 at 07:00 pm
Mystery room was a terrible place to go. It honestly looks like they raided dollarama at closing time on Halloween night and had people who have no understanding of escape games create and setup the clues. When a party of 10 and I went, certain puzzles were set up incorrectly (doors left unlocked when they were supposed to be locked, clues missing, etc) and in the end, all we got was "oh, yeah that wasn't supposed to be like that." No sorry. No attempt to fix things. Then they had the balls to give us two free passes to come back. Not even enough for the whole party! First of all, we wouldn't go back there if it was the only escape room in the city (which it isnt) Don't trust the reviews, avoid this place as much as you can and look elsewhere. Mystery room, if you're reading this, your fake reviews on yelp aren't working anymore. Get your act together.
Squadfish / September 1, 2015 at 06:24 am
Escape Games
Will / September 14, 2015 at 10:48 pm
Check out this event happening this Saturday. It's a cross between an escape game and immersive theatre. One day only. September 19th. There are still some tickets left.
dillonhillier / December 28, 2015 at 05:37 pm
If I just smash out of one of these rooms, ripping the drywall down or kicking the door in do I win? Are there rules or would I have to pay for damages.
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