Our mission was simple.
Thus, this past weekend I assembled an all-star team of “escape room” veterans and rookies to see if we could solve the mystery in the allotted 45 minutes.
This was my first time trying my hand at this type of thing and now I’m completely hooked. It was thrilling, exciting, engaging, and so much fun.
Did we succeed? You’ll have to read on to find out.
In the meantime, here are 5 reasons why you need to check out Find and Seek:
1. The Atmosphere
Find and Seek is family-friendly and extremely well-lit. Many “escape rooms” seem dark, dingy, and something out of a horror movie.
It’s quite the opposite at Find and Seek: the rooms are beautifully designed and very clean and crisp. The environment helps with all aspects of game play and you never feel crammed. It uses technology very well (more on that later).
As well, Find and Seek does not call itself an “escape room” so that’s the last time I will use that term in this blog (haha). Rather, it’s branded as a “Puzzle Adventure Room”.
This puzzle adventure room is suitable for adults, teens, and children as young as 8 years-old. As well, it’s wheelchair-accessible making it very inclusive.
2. The Puzzles
This is where Find and Seek really shines. All of the puzzles are very clever and interactive with varying degrees of difficulty. Some puzzles are quick while others take multiple steps (and multiple people) to solve. They require communication, teamwork, and the ability to not get frustrated easily.
The wonderful variety in the types of puzzles tests your logic, math, spatial awareness, observation skills, reading comprehension, and yes, even common sense. Thus, there is a little something for everyone.
For my team, we quickly established certain roles depending on our skill sets. Megan was our MVP (as well as our MJP: Most Jumpy Player) and she calmly led us and kept us organized. Andrea was very observant and often picked out things that others didn’t see. Nathan – our puzzle adventure veteran – knew to look at every nook and cranny and he basically touched everything. Vidal was our “runner”, common sense guy, and provided a lot of comic relief.
And I was the mental math guy and cheerleader. I may have failed out of accounting, but I can still crunch numbers with the best of them.
3. The Production Values
Despite what you see on my low-budget YouTube videos, I’m a big fan of production values. They can have such a huge impact on your experience, whether it’s watching a movie, listening to a song, or solving a puzzle adventure.
Find and Seek does an outstanding job of using technology. Many of the puzzles use some form of technology, either in the clues or in the solution. The clues and props are all in good shape and are easy to utilize.
Many of the hints are provided via a flat-screen TV in the rooms, and these hints are customizable by the staff. Thus, they can ensure that their hints are applicable and timely. It’s a much cleaner approach than using walkie talkies, an intercom, or entering the room in person (and likely scaring everyone in the process).
4. The Staff
Staff members were very enthusiastic and approachable. From the moment we walked in, they were attentive and helpful. They did a good job of explaining the rules and setting the tone for our experience.
Find and Seek offers unlimited hints so you don’t get stuck too long with the potential of getting mad at each other. Staff members do a good job of sensing just how much they need to jump in to help to make sure you’re progressing.
They don’t want to break or ruin your experience by making it too difficult. Ultimately, they want you to have fun regardless of how far you make it.
5. The Location
Find and Seek is conveniently located in Tinseltown (International Village Mall) at 2075 – 88 West Pender Street in Vancouver. It’s only a two-minute walk from the Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain station. As well, there is two-hour free parking available in the mall.
Inside the mall, Find and Seek is right across from the food court and a floor below the movie theatres. Outside the mall, you’re in the heart of the Stadium District, just footsteps away from both Gastown and Chinatown.
In case you’re wondering how we did, we were very close to finishing at 90% completion when our 45 minutes expired. In all likelihood, we would have needed only two more minutes to finish the whole thing.
I’m convinced that if we had a sixth player (and thus another brain and set of eyes and hands) we would have finished in time. Either that or I should have done more math and less cheerleading.
To date, only one team has finished the whole thing. And they had eight people.
When it came time to take our rightful place on the Leaderboard, we decided against my suggested team name of “4 Asians and a Caucasian” and instead went with “Concussed” as an ode to my injury last month.
According to the staff, they hope to have their second puzzle room ready to go within the next two months. I know that I’ll be among the first to try it out.
I invite you to check out Find and Seek…you won’t be disappointed. And you can use this coupon below to a discount on your booking before September 30. Just book online with the discount code GOCLAYGO10 or GOCLAYGO15.