GuReview - The Forbidden Forest
by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo
Game Played On: Sunday, 24th June 2018
Recommended Team Size: 2-4 Players
Kid Friendly: See Notes
Game Duration: 60 Min.
Booking Method: Online
Start Time: On Time
Who is this for: Families, Enthusiasts, Beginners, First date
Live Actor: No
Public Transportation: Some
Down the block from the Q train
Parking: Street parking – some, Paid parking – remote (5 min. walk+)
Busy avenue with metered parking, parking garage is 2 blocks away
Children older than 10-12 will fully enjoy this experience. It's dark, but not scary within the room.
Venue / Lobby Info:
Element Quest is on the 2nd floor of a 3 story building along the busy shopping district on Kings Highway. A large sign can be seen indicating that Element Quest is on the 2nd floor. Upon arrival at the building, a small sign is on a door that leads to stairs, showing us where to locate the business. On the second floor, there is currently no signage to indicate you are at the correct business. The main entrance has frosted windows and door. Upon entry into the suite, the lobby is well lit with some seating along one wall. There was enough room for 7 of us to stand around and chat without feeling too claustrophobic, but there is only seating for 3-4 people. There is a large reception desk on one side of the lobby, with a game entrance to either side.
Public Restrooms: Yes
Notes for People with Disabilities:
Not ADA accessible. Please call prior to booking.
Game Introduction: We were led into an 'airplane', where the voice over the audio system told us we're flying over the Bermuda triangle... and then we're crashing......
Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story
Theme: Fantasy / Fiction
Narrative: Be an Adventurer
Main room first glance: Looks Good
Element Quest creatively turned a hallway into an airplane! It was a great use of space, and was very unexpected. The set design only escalates from there as you enter the forest you 'crashed' into...
Flow: Not that good. A bit confusing
Mostly linear in nature, it is difficult to discern what order to perform tasks, or where to look to continue your journey. More details are needed to assist in the flow of this adventure.
Puzzles: Some of them were great (matched promised level)
Most of the puzzles stayed on theme and varied in difficulty. One puzzle was a color-dependent task, which was very difficult to do given the light source (or lack thereof) within the room. Some puzzles relied on outside knowledge of how they work in order to complete.
Beautiful indoor forest - creative use of space - Fun puzzle elements - unique theme
The experience felt finished but 'unpolished' - More lighting sources needed - More storyline or direction is required, especially for less experienced players to truly enjoy the game
Hints & Clues, Debrief
Method: Walkie Talkie
Quality: Good (things made sense)
Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)
Game Master Name:
The Forbidden Forest is Element Quest's second room. Several elements found in their first room, 'The Taken' , have been expanded upon and improved in this new experience. Once the game is polished and more direction is added, I look forward to recommending this room to families - beginners and enthusiasts alike. It's a beautiful room with a setting one must see to believe. I'm not a big Instagram person, but the set within the Forest belong in an Instagram 'photo experience'.
Did You Escape: Yes