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Improbable Escapes - "The TriWizard Trials"

Updated: Mar 14


LOCATION:  Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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📝  ETR DECODER

  • 🔑 GAME: The Triwizard Trials

  • 📅 DATE PLAYED: March 12, 2023

  • 🎬 GENRE: Fantasy, Wizardry

  • 🧠 DIFFICULTY (Based on 2 Players): 7/10

  • 👥 TOTAL # OF PLAYERS: 3-7 PPL (Competition Mode: +7PPL)

  • 🕒 LENGTH OF TIME: 60 Mins.

  • 💰 PRICE: CAD $89.95 (3PPL), $29.95/PP (Each Additional)

  • ☎️ BOOKING TYPE: Private

  • 🔓 ESCAPED/ COMPLETED?: YES


📖 THE STORY

You have been invited to attend Wizzle Wozzle's Academy of Wizardry. In order to pass the entry exam for this prestigious Academy, you must succeed at a gauntlet of three trials that will test your ability to brew potions, tame beasts, cast spells, and more! Aspiring wizards must move quickly but surely in order to surmount the challenges and prove themselves worthy of the Wizard title.

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🎯 HIT THE BULLSEYE

  • The blend of hands-on activities, modern tech, and dramatic reveals definitely captures the experience of being a wizard!

  • The set design is extensive, well-crafted, and detailed to truly give players the feeling of working their way through the Academy. There is one room in particular where we really just wanted to pause and take in all the truly magical, wondrous, and playful elements!

  • The combination of whimsically fun elements and more 'dangerous' aspects reflects the diverse nature of Wizardry and makes this room fun for all ages.

  • Puzzles utilize a variety of physical senses (audio, tactile, etc.), making for a more varied solving experience and allowing people with different skillsets to shine.

  • Some elements have recently been updated, so if you've only done this room virtually early in the pandemic, give it a whirl in real life!

🧩 MISSED THE MARK

  • The response time on some of the technical aspects was a bit laggy, leading to some repeated attempts at the proper solution before getting it to take.

  • The varied and colorful lighting contributed to the ambience but also led to a few moments where it was a bit difficult to see and contributed to some confusion as to what needed to be done.

  • There were a couple of times when we felt we had completed a task but hadn't received a solid confirmation that we'd utilized the elements properly, or observed an indication of what had changed so that we could progress.

🏹 TAKE A SHOT?

For Harry Potter fans who have longed to be a wizard, this game is an absolute must!! And for escape room fans (whether you've done one room or a hundred) who prefer working with their hands rather than cracking codes and opening locks, this game will be a winner for sure. There are many feats of sorcery to perform, so smaller groups (like the two of us!) may find themselves pressed for time. This makes it great for groups of friends as well as families, and is light-hearted and full of life-size surprises that will put smiles on everyone's faces.


ℹ️ ADDITIONAL INFO

"The TriWizard Trials" is located at Improbable Escapes’ Headquarters downtown. The lobby is quite spartan, with minimal decor and no seating. There are lockers for your valuables, a coat rack, and a bathroom two flights up accessible by stairs or elevator. They do have a number of tabletop and escape games available for purchase (discounted when you purchase in conjunction with a room). Parking is paid, on-street or in nearby lots, and was readily available on the Sunday afternoon we were there. Staff is very friendly and welcoming!


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Check out our visit to Improbable Escapes and our exclusive interview with the co-owner/ co-founder to understand more on the development side of the game:

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(If you do decide to try this game, give us a shoutout or tag us on social media so we know you heard it from "ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)


Disclosure: We thank Improbable Escapes for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.

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