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An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape.

What are quest rooms?

A quest room is a physical adventure game where players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape, but with a fantasy-themed storyline.

What is Escape Hour?

Escape Hour is an Edmonton-based company that offers both escape rooms and quest rooms.

How did Escape Hour get started?

Escape Hour was founded by Tim Rettie, owner of the web development company Mindsense, who had been developing websites for other escape room companies in North America since 2011. Recognizing that Edmonton could use a dedicated escape room facility, he decided to open one himself in January 2014. The first Escape Hour location opened on Whyte Avenue in May 2014 followed quickly by a second location at West Edmonton Mall later that year. The company has added two more locations in Edmonton bringing its total to four locations. It has also expanded outside of Alberta with new locations opening in Saskatoon and Winnipeg under franchise agreements.

Escapade is an Ottawa-based company that offers escape rooms. It was started in 2013 by two friends, Jay Millar and Adam Kalbfleisch, who were looking for a new way to spend time together.

What is the difference between an escape room and a quest room?

The main difference between an escape room and a quest room is that an escape room typically has one specific goal that needs to be accomplished in order to exit the room, whereas a quest room has a storyline that players follow as they try to solve the puzzles in the room. Quest rooms also often incorporate elements of live-action role-playing games (LARPing) where players may be asked to dress up in costume or take on character roles.

Which one should I do?

Both are designed to be fun, interactive puzzles for groups of people. You can’t go wrong with either one, but each is slightly different in terms of the experience. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, choose an escape room on the If you want something completely immersive and magical, choose a quest room.

What do I need to bring?

You only need yourself! All Escape Hour locations provide everything you’ll need except for snacks and drinks (you can bring those if you’d like).

How old do I have to be to play?

Escape Hour’s games are designed around teams consisting of 4-10 players so they recommend at least four players per game. However, some quests allow smaller teams of two or three. Players must be at least 10 years old to participate in any of their games, and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What are the rules?

Each game has its own set of specific rules, but in general, players are not allowed to leave the room or communicate with people outside of the room during the game. You can find a full list of Escape Hour’s rules on their website.

How much does it cost?

Prices start at $25 per person for escape rooms and $30 per person for quest rooms. Group discounts are available for both types of games.