Omescape: Joker’s Asylum
*Based on Official Web Descriptions*
The Joker was once the pride of his circus, but after troubles started, he left and locked himself away in a mysterious asylum created by him and his doctor. It became his paradise, slowly magnifying his insanity. One day, The Joker decided to leave the asylum to plan his revenge. Before his doctor could leave a diary with the Joker’s secrets, he vanished. Now you are tasked with unraveling the mystery before The Joker finds you.
Escape Location & Customer Service (8.5/10):
Omescape is said to be one of the largest escape room companies in Canada. They are one of the newest locations situated uptown in Markham as well. Not only does Omescape have awesome high-tech escape rooms, they are also a board game cafe with one spacious gaming area. Their selection of board games is quite huge. Just be aware that some may be overplayed (eg. Telestrations) and can be missing game pieces – much like all places.
If you are there for board games, people generally get the unlimited play pass for approximately $9-10 depending on the day. It includes one drink of up to $3.99 – you pay the extra if it’s more than that amount. The good thing, their drinks are made by Presotea! You can also purchase some froyo next door at Yogen Früz. They are both partners of Omescape and are situated within their vicinity (whatever you want to call it).
As for the location of this escape place, it’s convenient but somewhat hidden at the back of an isolated plaza. Nevertheless, there is always an ample amount of parking spots available. Customer service was good – they were friendly and not strict on carrying mobile phones unlike some other places I have been. It’s Canada – everything is honest system right? They will also provide you with a big locker to hold all your belongings and take a group photo for you once you’ve completed your escape.
Room Creativity & Design (9/10):
Among all the escape rooms I have visited, Omescape is definitely at the top. Their rooms are well-connected with the overall theme and you can tell they have put in a bigger budget on renovations. Everything is nicely coordinated and all items do not seem as handmade. When I played this room, Omescape only had two rooms – this and Kingdom of Cats. I’m quite amazed they had expanded so much in such a short time. You definitely would want to come back again once you’ve experienced their escape rooms.
Puzzle Design (9/10):
To start off, the most interesting part of Joker’s Asylum is that you will initially be split into two groups (1-2 people in one room and rest in the other). The Omescape staff will ask you who has the best communications skill and they will be in the smaller group – I really suggest you pick wisely as this matters quite a lot!
In terms of design, I would say this joker room has slightly less technology than Dark Altar. Majority of the triggered tech is based in one room. Most puzzles were enclosed within 1-2 rooms and there wasn’t a big need to venture back and forth. Nevertheless, the entire experience was still solid. Our group of seven weren’t able to escape, so good luck with that lol 😛
Joker’s Asylum was one of the first escape rooms that I’ve been and I have to say, they did set my standard high. Everything was quite well-planned and items did not break or feel used – the entire experience was great. Apart from this escape room’s difficulty, I felt the smaller group who were assigned together may feel bored to some extent. You will understand why if you ever choose this room.
Visited: January 2015