Ever wanted to experience the challenge of an escape room without being stuck in a small space with work colleagues or random millennials who want to ask for the answers on social media? If so, The Secret of Station House No. 4 could be for you.
The Secret of Station House No. 4 has been around for a little while now and has proven its worth as solid entertainment if you’re in and around Toronto. You have an hour to solve a variety of puzzles from simple visual puzzles to serious math, it takes teamwork, cooperation and no little ingenuity to escape.
While the usual escape room experiences can be harsh or Spartan affairs, modelled on zombies, post-apocalyptic scenarios or something serious, this version is a charming but no less engaging Victorian theme.
You play constables in the Toronto police and it’s your job to solve the mystery of the missing detective Murdoch. The puzzles can be fiendish and difficult to work out and no two experiences seem the same.
The experience is loosely based on the TV series of the same name which makes the theme recognizable for some. There are TV references and a few tie-ins but nothing that would alienate the uninitiated. Even if you’re not familiar with the premise, everything is explained and logically constructed so it won’t take long to get up to speed.
An hour solving puzzles seems like an age. Wait until you enter the room and the clock begins ticking. If you ever wanted proof that time is relative, you’ll soon have it!
Escape rooms are experiencing huge growth, along with board game nights and other analog pursuits. While our digital world is full of things to see and experience, many are looking for ways to unplug.