Faves and Other Lists

Gilles' Faves

What are these?

Simply put, for every venue I ever visited during a given year (a "year" going from start of winter to end of fall), I pick one room (still running or not) for which I have the fondest memories, then I compare those "top" rooms with one another and pick the ones with the biggest lasting impressions.
Obviously, any room listed there is one I liked (I'm no masochist 😄), but this doesn't imply that any of the listed venue is objectively better than the ones which aren't. For instance, I tend to favor longer rooms, and I really like gadgets, multimedia effects and original themes. This preference is reflected in my picks. I'm also rather forgiving of technical mistakes if properly handled by management.
The list is in chronological order of play.

2018 Faves

In 2018, I played through 52 rooms in 35 different locations.
RoomCasual players will enjoy...Enthusiasts will enjoy...That being said...
The Breakout
Escaparium

Saguenay
Large gaming area. Varied puzzles. Quality puzzles. It's a remake of a Montreal room, with a rather classical theme.
Weekend at the Shack
Immersia

Laval
Quality scenery. Multimedia elements. Feeling of immersion. Puzzle quality occasionnally leaves to be desired.
Back to the Fossils
Escape Manor (Museum of Nature)

Ottawa
Very large gaming area. Friendly setting. Original gaming environment. The puzzles aren't particularly original.
Escape the Diefenbunker
Escape Manor (Cold War Museum)

Carp
Very large gaming area. Variable difficulty levels. Original gaming environment. The puzzles aren't particularly original.
Feet to the Fire
Chamber of Secrets

Pembroke
Nice downtown stroll. Historical angle. Good puzzle integration with the external components. It might feel a bit too easy for seasoned players.
Apocalypse: Tempus Fugit
Missions Morpheus

Montréal
Quality scenery. Fairly original theme. Harder on purpose. It's not as impressive as some of its older siblings.
Shipwrecked
Unlocked

Ottawa
Available "Family Mode". Good difficulty ramp-up. Original scoring system. Lots of puzzles. You don't feel the room's theme much, in spite of its nice looks.
Vortex Past
Sauve Qui Peut

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Great scenery. Complete absence of locks. It might get a bit cramped, and puzzles might seem a tad repetitive.
The Wizard Four and the Book of the Black Arts
Escaparium

Montréal
Large gaming area. Great scenery. Multimedia elements. Popular theme. Sound quality sometimes leave to be desired.
De-Composed
Room Escape Ottawa

Ottawa
Multiplayer Virtual Reality escape game Same The game only has a few, fairly easy puzzles.
Spaceship Graveyard
Codex

Laval
Large gaming area. Quality scenery. Feeling of immersion. Varied puzzles. The endgame didn't leave me as satisfied.

2017 Faves

In 2017, I played through 38 rooms in 24 different locations.
RoomCasual players will enjoy...Enthusiasts will enjoy...That being said...
The $1,000,000 Payday
Tick-Tock Escape

Ottawa
Varied puzzles. Easy to obtain a "basic" victory. Original scoring system. Good replayability potential. It can be disappointing, not being able to learn about your missed puzzles.
Project X (long version)
Obsidem

Montreal
Longer gameplay. Feeling of truly being on a spy mission. Scoring system. Interesting props and tools. Half your group might end up stuck waiting after the other.
Capone's Hideout
Dossier 325

Gatineau
Quality scenery and ambiance. Parallel puzzle sequences. It's a very "classic" room, filled with locks.
POP!
Ezkapaz

Montreal
Funny theme. Varied puzzles. Truly original theme. That same theme could be seen as boring to some people.
Perdu en Mer
La Société

Rimouski
Varied puzzles. Multimedia elements. Fairly original theme. Bit far, isn't it?
Domination: In God we Trust
Missions Morpheus

Montreal
Quality scenery. Multimedia elements. Lots to do. Harder on purpose. Might be a bit too much to chew for newbie players.
Serial Killer Charade
Room Escape Ottawa

Ottawa
Large gaming area. Varied puzzles. Hair-raising theme. Quality puzzles. The theme won't work with everyone, especially younger children.
Tyranno Industries
Escaparium

Montreal
Large gaming area. Quality scenery. Multimedia elements. Theme that's both popular and original. You might end up feeling railroaded by the storyline.

Faves from previous years

 
RoomCasual players will enjoy...Enthusiasts will enjoy...That being said...
2015 (2 rooms, 2 locations)
The Cabin
Jigsaw Escape

Ottawa
Good scenery. Varied puzzles. Quality puzzles. One might end up feeling a bit cramped in there.
2016 (11 rooms, 8 locations)
Pirate Ship
Mission Liberté

Mont-Tremblant
Good scenery. Varied puzzles. Lots to do. Quite expensive, especially compared to the big city.
Au Pays des Merveilles
À Double Tour

Quebec City
Quality scenery. Interacting with a live character. Switching between different gameplay. The low success rate borders on being unreasonable.
Boom Room
Room Escape Ottawa

Ottawa
Large gaming area. Varied puzzles. Quality puzzles. The theme doesn't feel relating that much to the puzzles.


Technical Problems - How Common Are They?

Here's a list of every room I played where we ran into some sort of technical problem - a broken puzzle, a device not working problem, and so on.
The codeword [Redressed] indicates that my group was somehow compensated in-game for the trouble (by getting more time, or getting a clue, etc) in an appropriate and satisfactory manner. [Fixed] means the problem was corrected but that no other compensation was given (or deemed necessary).



Human Errors - How Common Are They?

An now a list of every room where we suffered from a mistake that someone in charge made. I try to only list cases where the mistake was admitted or rather obvious, and not speculation ("this was too easy/hard, someone must've screwed up").
Once again, the codeword [Redressed] indicates that my group was somehow compensated in-game afterwards.

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