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Review + Giveaway: Time Escape Edmonton

Time Escape Edmonton Escape Rooms

I’ve been fortunate to have made it on some kind sort of “Edmonton escape game” list over the last two years – as new escape rooms open, I’m often invited to give the rooms a try, share my experience on this blog and run some kind of giveaway for readers. It’s been a lot of fun and means I’ve been able to try a lot of escape rooms in Edmonton!

There’s now more than 40 escape rooms (and over a dozen escape companies) and I’m still such a huge fan of the whole concept: Get locked in a themed room and work together with your friends/family/co-workers to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape the room (or complete the mission). 

There’s at least two dedicated blogs reviewing escape games in Edmonton: one from my friend Lamya and her boyfriend Jason (#yeg Escape Room Round-up) and a new one I noticed recently called The Encore!

My favourite escape game companies in the city so far include GTFO (who is currently closed due to a fire, but should re-open in the new year!), Escape City and X-Realm. But I’ve enjoyed rooms at a lot of other places too.

This week I was invited to try the new-ish Time Escape Edmonton and Side Quest escape games. I’ll have a review and giveaway for Side Quest in a couple weeks, but this post is all about Time Escape!

At the end of the post, enter my giveaway for a chance to win one of three pairs of passes to try Time Escape yourself. 

Time Escape Edmonton
Four choices of rooms at Time Escape Edmonton (located at 10939 120 Street).

Time Escape is part of a franchise that began in Vancouver. It’s co-owned by – if you can believe it, current students at the University of Alberta! Amazingly entrepreneurial. 

The space is located at 10939 120 Street right by The Local Omnivore (which – if you haven’t tried eating there yet – you gotta go! Delicious sandwiches). The front room is divided into a main lobby and a ‘briefing room’ / locker room, separated by a garage door. They actually pull the garage door up when the space has been booked by big groups for corporate events or parties and you can bring in your own food if you book a bigger party there too!

The Edmonton location currently runs four rooms: Castle Secrets, Lethal Virus, Time Warp, and The Imperial Palace. 

Time Escape Edmonton Escape Rooms
Love when the doors leading into the rooms are designed to match the room!

My group was there to try Castle Secrets but we were accidentally led into Time Warp first. That was totally cool with us because we got to see how slick the room looked!! One thing the group all loved about Time Escape was the great production value and room/set design, both for the brief moment we saw Time Warp’s first room, and for when we entered the Castle Secrets room.

Some escape games have cheaper looking props or plain-er looking wallpaper, which can quickly bring you out of the story or cheapen the overall feel of the room, but Time Warp’s set and props (that we experienced) all had a great level of polish. 

I also get pretty excited when the doors or walls leading into the rooms are designed to match the theme of the room itself. It’s a good sign that a higher quality production will be waiting for you behind the doors. 

We really enjoyed Castle Secrets at Time Escape.

It featured puzzles we hadn’t seen before (which as you can imagine would get harder to achieve after trying so many rooms) and puzzles that didn’t really involve too many locks (sometimes rooms have too many standard locks, it sort of gets repetitive). There was a great flow to the puzzles too (in some rooms you’re not sure what puzzle to do first or the result of one solved puzzle doesn’t necessarily make sense, but not the case in Castle Secrets). The music suited the overall mood and ambience of the room, and although we didn’t successfully make it out in the time we were allotted (45 minutes, using up 2 hints), we still had so much fun. 

Time Escape Edmonton Escape Rooms
We failed to escape but had so much fun at Time Escape! 

I’ve been struggling with whether 6 people is too many people for most escape rooms. Most companies will state how many people minimum and maximum should play the room (some say you can have up to 8 or even 10 players) but Mike and I have both found that if you have too many players it can take some fun out of the game because there may not be enough puzzles to keep everyone involved. 

One of the worst things you can experience in an escape game is everyone crowding around the same, one puzzle (but only 1 or 2 people actually being close enough to read/hold/decipher the puzzle). 

We think 4 is a great number of people for an escape game (but generally go with 6 people because we always want to introduce friends to the concept, or play again with escape game-loving friends). 

Castle Secrets suggests 2-6 players. There was maybe one or two times during game play that I felt that maybe 6 was too many, but at the same time, it’s great to have more minds available to try and solve a puzzle. In Castle Secrets, each of us helped solve at least once puzzle so we were all feeling pretty good even though we didn’t make it to the end. The last puzzle before you get out of the room (the owners showed us) is really neat (something we’d never seen or done before!) 

Overall, we really enjoyed Castle Secrets and are totally planning to return to try Time Warp. Also making sure we plan it so we can have a meal at The Local Omnivore next door too. (Time Escape owners actually said they’d love to work out some type of dine and play deal with the restaurant which would be wonderful).

I’d definitely recommend you give Time Escape a try! Enter below for a chance to win one of three pairs of passes. 

** GIVEAWAY **

There are a few ways you can enter for a chance to win one of three pairs of passes to Time Escape, including: 

  • Leaving a comment on this blog post telling me what room you’d most like to try at Time Escape.
  • Tweet this message:
    • I love Edmonton escape games! Hope I win @lindork’s giveaway for passes to try @TimeEscapeYEG! http://bit.ly/2iO7XpO #yeg
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  • Follow me @lindork on Twitter
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  • Like my Facebook Page Lindork – Linda Hoang 
  • Like Time Escape on Facebook – Time Escape Edmonton

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

Passes to Time Escape Edmonton

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 8, 2017.

Good luck!!  

Linda

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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. Time Escape partnered with me to run a giveaway and try a room (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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26 Comments

  • SKS

    I would like to try Lethal Virus. :)

  • Danika

    I would love to try the museum gallery heist, it’s the most unique storyline I’ve read!

  • JODY

    Tough call! If like to try Time Warp bit woks probably try Castle Secrets first based on your review.

  • Shawna

    I would love to try the Lethal Virus room! Great post, btw! πŸ‘

  • Melissa

    I would love to try Lethal Virus or Castle Secrets!

  • Chelsey

    Ooh! I would love to try Lethal Virus. It sounds awesome!

  • Yolanda Chang

    Castle secrets sounds like so much fun!

  • sandra keating

    I would love to try the Imperial Palace–sounds like so much fun.

  • Marlo

    Your review makes me want to try Castle Secrets – but Imperial Palace looks cool too!

  • Dominic cloutier

    I’ve never tried any of these but I’d love to try them all! Thanks for the chance

  • Andrea Womacks

    I’d love to try Imperial Palace! We’ve never done an escape room before!

  • Davita

    I love escape rooms! Castle Secrets looks really cool!

  • Brenden

    Imperial Palace looks awesome!

  • Sarah

    Castle secrets sounds cool!

  • Miranda

    All the rooms! Would probably start with Time Warp

  • Elyse

    Never done an escape game yet so would love to try any of the rooms!

  • Kathy

    I want to try Castle Secrets but my husband would love Time Warp!

  • Ashley R

    I love castles, I would like to try Castle Secrets!

  • Amy Barry

    I’d like to try Castle Secrets as well although if I’m honest we will probably do all of them. Lol I agree with you about the numbers, we have a core group of 4 people who usual go to escape rooms and we find it works very well. We are JAM Squad! :) Thanks for the contest!

  • Brittney Le Blanc

    Lethal Virus is definitely the next room I want to try!

  • Frank Wong

    I would love to check out Lethal Virus!

  • Naomi

    They all sound awesome! I’d love to try Castle Secrets!

  • Roselyn Gray

    Lethal Virus looks cool!

  • pstefer

    They all look fab, but I’d like to start with THE IMPERIAL PALACE!

  • Christina

    I would love to try Lethal Virus or Castle Secrets!

  • Janelle

    Lethal Virus would be fun! We are so addicted to these escape rooms! They r a blast! But an expensive addiction. Haha.

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