There’s so many things to do in Edmonton but you’ll still find a lot of people saying there isn’t. I couldn’t disagree with them more! Now we’ve got a new addition to the city’s entertainment options – BreakOut Entertainment is a live action escape game that originated and is super popular in Asia, and has now made its way to Edmonton. It’s an awesome and unique way to spend your afternoon or evening out!
Live escape games work like this: you’re locked in a room with a group of your friends (or grouped with strangers if there’s only a couple of you). Each room has a different theme and storyline.
You’re given some backstory based on the theme you’ve chosen including your mission for that room. Then you’re given a certain amount of time (BreakOut’s is 45 minutes, other places are an hour, it varies), to complete the mission and break out/escape from the room. To do that, you must solve various puzzles placed within the room.
It’s a pretty great concept. BreakOut is brought to Edmonton by three friends from Vancouver – Jimmy, Allan and Sam. Three guys who love escape games and saw an opportunity to bring more entertainment options to this city. They describe the experience of BreakOut as “a new and unique way where people can interact and have fun… We challenge participants with their intelligence, their reasoning, and their teamwork.”
BreakOut, located at 16604 109 Avenue in Mayfield Plaza, is the first live action escape game in Edmonton. They currently offer four rooms: Secret Lab, 1408, Le Gala, and The Awakening. Two of those rooms are scarier than the other two. For my first time trying it on Friday, my group chose Secret Lab (one of the less scary ones!)
They don’t let you bring phones into the rooms – there are some magnets in the rooms that might affect the phones but also understandably they don’t want people taking photos of all the puzzles and room contents and sharing/spoiling it for others.
I went to try it with Mike and our friends Lisa, Denise, Tony and Brittney. None of us had ever tried a live escape game before! We had joked before we got there that we would be arguing, personalities would clash, and friendships would end because we are all pretty Type A would-be leaders who may not be great with teamwork, especially under pressure.
But in the end we all worked together quite well! Although we didn’t complete the mission and escape the room before time ran out, we all worked hard and were super excited with the puzzles we solved. Our downfall in the end was that we all are bad at math and the last two steps we needed to solve to win the game were both math-based. We also wasted a lot of item focusing on solving some puzzles that we thought were crucial to the game, but ended up not being (but how would you know which to focus on?? That’s part of the fun!)
Overall, we had a great time trying BreakOut Entertainment! We all thought it was interactive, fun, and challenging. It’s definitely a unique thing to do – over your typical dinner or movie for example. It’s great as a date night and even better with a group of friends. Each room can have up to six players. If you don’t have a group of six you might be paired with strangers who have also chosen the same game time. You can book/reserve a time online – and it’s not just at night either, you can do it during the afternoon if you want (but I feel like it’s more fun and intense in a nightly setting).
It costs $25 per person to play which I think is super reasonable for the amount of engaging/interactive fun that you get. My whole group wants to do it again (in fact we would’ve done it again that night if they hadn’t been all booked up already. Reserving in advance online is recommended).
Congrats and good luck to co-owners Jimmy, Sam and Allan! What an awesome addition to Edmonton. I can’t wait to try all the rooms and to see what new rooms/puzzles they come up with. The building itself is not that big so I wonder if it gets popular enough if they’ll expand to a bigger location.
In the meantime, I am lucky enough to have gotten free passes to give away for you awesome readers! (Thanks Allan!)
BREAKOUT ENTERTAINMENT GIVEAWAY!
I’m giving away three pairs of admission passes (valued at $25 each) to BreakOut!
There are multiple ways to enter (commenting in this post answering the question below is mandatory, everything else are additional/bonus entries.)
- Leave a comment on this blog post answering: Why do you want to try BreakOut Entertainment? This is mandatory. You must do this in order to be eligible to win.
- Tweet this exact sentence: I’m excited to try @breakoutedm live action escape game! Enter @lindork’s giveaway: http://bit.ly/YuYHfs #yeg
- Follow @breakoutedm on Twitter (let me know you’ve done this)
- Follow @lindork on Twitter (let me know you’ve done this)
- Like BreakOutEDM on Facebook (let me know you’ve done this)
- Follow @breakoutentertainment on Instagram (let me know you’ve done this)
Please note comments are moderated so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear right away! This giveaway closes on Saturday, Oct. 4 at noon. I will randomly choose three winners based on the entries.
Good luck and spread the word! :)
Also check out this great story about BreakOut from CTV Edmonton to get an even better feel of what you can expect when you go!
**** UPDATE (Oct 4, 2014)****
Congratulations to Jennifer, Chantelle and Stephanie (@jguan, @The_Tilly and @sk_gonzales), you were randomly selected as winners for the BreakOut Edmonton passes! Thanks to everyone who entered. There were 78 total entries.