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Review + Giveaway: SideQuests Adventure Inc. Edmonton Escape Rooms

SideQuests Adventure Inc Edmonton Escape Rooms

Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping my first post of 2017 would be some type of thoughtful recap of the past year and just as thoughtful look-ahead to the coming year, but I haven’t really had a chance to put together those thoughtful thoughts, so instead I’m going to blab on about some more Edmonton escape games. :) 

I always love when an escape room introduces new rules or new types of gameplay. Each time you play an escape game, you’ll often get the how-the-game-works and please-don’t-look-for-clues-in-the-roof spiel from staff before you enter the room. A lot of the rules tend to be the same. 

I’ve seen variations on the hint system – some places give you two hints for the 45-minute duration, some give you three, some officially give you two but wouldn’t say no if you asked for more hints, some require you to find hint chips within the rooms before you can ask for a hint, and for the first time in Edmonton at SideQuests Adventure Inc., we’ve got an escape room where you accumulate points for each puzzle you solve, and every time you take a hint, points are deducted from your final score! Pretty neat take on your typical escape game.

SideQuests Adventure Inc Edmonton Escape Rooms
SideQuests Adventure Inc. is on 104 Street and 101 Avenue.

SideQuests is located on 104 Street and 101 Avenue (same corner as Stage 104). They opened just a few months ago and have two rooms: “The Expedition,” which is an Egyptian-themed room where you play Egyptology students exploring an ancient chamber, and “Uncle,” where you’re looking through your crazy Uncle Willard’s apartment after receiving a desperate plea for help. 

SideQuests has a third room that’s coming called “Abduction” and something I’ve also never seen before – but they offer a mobile, on-site escape experience too. They’re actually debuting their cool, steampunk time travelling-themed mobile escape experience at the upcoming Jan. 19 DARK MATTERS event at the TELUS World of Science! (Buy tickets here)

SideQuests Adventure Inc Edmonton Escape Rooms
How will your quest end?!

My group was invited to come try both of SideQuests rooms! We went with our friends Tyler and Lyndsay for the first room (The Expedition) and Mike’s sister and brother-in-law Amanda and George joined us for the second room (Uncle). Tyler was brand-new to escape games (which is always fun to get someone’s first-time playing perspective)!

SideQuests Adventure Inc Edmonton Escape Rooms
Absolutely loved The Expedition Egyptian room at SideQuests Adventure Inc.

The group consensus for The Expedition was that it was fantastic! We loved the storyline and the “side quest.”

That’s another thing that’s unique about SideQuests – with each of their escape rooms, you’re going to have the main plot and puzzles to solve, along with a “side quest” or  secondary storyline where you can also solve puzzles that will lead to that ending. If you have enough time, ideally, you’d complete both the side quest and the main mission but sometimes – and depending on which ‘path’ of puzzles you choose to veer off to, you may only solve one of the goals. 

With The Expedition Room, it was very clear that there were going to be two streams of puzzles you could play towards – so it made sense for us to split up and try to complete both. 

Our group loved the decor and production value of this room. We were also really happy with the untraditional type of puzzles. A lot of escape rooms end up using a lot of padlocks as their primary means of opening boxes and solving puzzles but The Expedition had a lot of really interesting, different type of puzzles – involving weights, ropes, and more! (Don’t want to spoil it for you). There are some really dynamic moments. 

SideQuests Adventure Inc Edmonton Escape Rooms
Our bigger group tried Uncle.

We continued to be impressed with the production value in the Uncle room. The flow of this room was also really nice. Similar to what I’ve written about some escape games in past – I really do struggle with whether 6 people is too many people for a lot of escape rooms, even though the companies themselves recommend that you can have up to 6 (for most of them).

There were moments in Uncle (which also doesn’t use as many padlock-type puzzles – yay!) where we felt a bit cramped, and perhaps that there wasn’t enough puzzles to split off to try and solve. The flow was very clear – which is nice, but perhaps so linear that it made it difficult for more than 2-3 people to do a puzzle at a time – that is until you get to the point where it veers off into a “side quest.” In the Egyptian room, you’re on that “side quest” or main quest path quite quickly so you can split off and focus, whereas you don’t necessarily get to the side quest option of Uncle until you’re deeper in. 

It was still quite a fun room, though we didn’t escape. We did however, escape The Expedition (in like really record time) and ended up getting one of the highest scores (top 4) of any group who has tried the room since it opened (woo hoo!) 

SideQuests Adventure Inc Edmonton Escape Rooms
Inside SideQuests Adventure Inc at 10190 104 Street.

Another thing about SideQuests is that staff set the room scenario in-character, live (not using pre-recorded audio or video like most of the other escape rooms in the city). There’s another escape room in the city that also uses ‘actors’ to set up their escape rooms but we found the experience there can be kind of hit or miss because the actors are a bit too in-character and it either works really well (we had a room where it was fantastic) or comes off like they’re trying too hard (and depending on whose with you in the escape game, they might not be as willing to ‘play along’ with the acting).

We found SideQuests’ “acting” just enough! 

They have a waiting room/lobby with board games you can play with while you wait for your game to start too – which is where we played Sushi Go! for the first time and looooved it. I had wanted to pick up this game for my personal game collection in past but never committed – after trying it out free at SideQuests, I’m totally getting it! 

SideQuests Adventure Inc Edmonton Escape Rooms
Enter to win one of two pairs of passes!

SideQuests’ rooms are a whole lot of fun and I totally recommend you try them. The puzzles are different, the production value is great, the points/scoring system is a nice new element, and The Expedition may well be one of my favourite rooms in the city!

I’m looking forward to coming back to give their new room Abduction a shot when it’s ready, and we actually got a tour of the whole SideQuests space and they actually have a ton of room to work with for even more rooms, which I’m excited about. 

You can also sign up for their free membership (SideQuests Adventurer’s Guild) where you earn points for every visit you make, and eventually trade those points in for certain perks (like room admission). 

If you haven’t tried SideQuests yet, I’m hoping you can go for free by entering to win one of two pairs of passes that I’m giving away! 

** GIVEAWAY **

There are a few ways you can enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of passes to SideQuests, including: 

  • Leaving a comment on this blog post telling me what room you’d most like to try at SideQuests.
  • Tweet this message:
    • Another day, another escape room to try! Enter @lindork’s giveaway to win passes to try @SideQuests_YEG! http://bit.ly/2iZPGY9 #yeg
    • You can tweet daily 
  • Follow me @lindork on Twitter
  • Follow @SideQuests_YEG on Twitter
  • Like my Facebook Page Lindork – Linda Hoang 
  • Like SideQuests on Facebook – SideQuests Edmonton

You must check off your different entry methods using the widget below: 

Pair of Passes to SideQuests Adventure Inc. Escape Game

Please note: comments are moderated so if yours doesn’t appear right away, that’s normal! 

I’ll select a winner when the giveaway closes on January 20, 2017.

Good luck!!  

Linda

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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. SideQuests partnered with me to run a giveaway and try their rooms (complimentary). This has no impact on the opinions stated in this post. (I wouldn’t say I liked it if I didn’t!)

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She’s also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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25 Comments

  • Dominic cloutier

    I’d like to try any of Them- never done this sort of thing before

  • Allison Currie

    I would love to try The Expedition! I love anything Egyptian themed.

  • Christina

    I love escape rooms! I think I’d like to try the Expedition. Sounds like fun! :)

  • queendar

    I’ve only been to one escape room so far, but they’re really fun!

  • Calvin Chan (@Chan_ing)

    I’d try expedition but the mobile escape sounds real lot interesting.

  • Melissa

    I would love to try Expedition!

  • Jody

    Both sound good but I’m thunk Uncle sounds more challenging!

  • Brenden

    I’d love to try Uncle!

  • Danny

    I want to try the Expedition Room!

  • Yolanda Chang

    Expedition Egypt sounds so cool!

  • Kathy B

    Expedition sounds cool – I like the idea of two missions.

  • Jess

    The Espidition room is really intriguing, I’d try that one!

  • Danika

    The uncle room sounds so fun!

  • Candice

    I would love to try Uncle! Sounds awesome!

  • Lauren Sergy

    I’d definitely like to try out the Expedition room! I really like the sound of the side quest aspects of it. Plus, the theme sounds really fun.

  • Stephanie Bishop

    I’d like to try expedition!

  • Carrie Hamilton

    I THINK UNCLE WOULD BE FUN!

  • Marlo

    Uncle sounds fun, also I like the idea of the pulleys in the Egypt room

  • Vivian M

    I already tried the expedition and would like to try more!

  • Davita

    I love escape rooms and expedition sounds awesome

  • Christine Houghton

    I want to try Uncle! We’ve never been to SideQuests

  • Kim

    I’d love to try the Egyptian one!

  • Kristen

    I want to try the abduction room!

  • Pam T.

    The side quests sound like a really interesting twist and challenge!

  • Frank Wong

    I would love to try Abduction, sounds fun!

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