Escape game adventures in Montréal
This article was updated on April 3, 2019.
Immerse yourself in the intrigue of Montréal's escape games, where you'll have an hour or less to solve a complex mystery or escape from certain doom. Created for anywhere from two to 20 players, escape games let you step inside a story with family, friends or coworkers to uncover clues and solve problems through the power of observation, critical thinking and even the occasional feat of strength.
Elementary, my dear
The Ministry of Cricket & Other Homeless Sports specializes in team games that don't get much mainstream play indoors – think Quidditch, cricket, soccer, archery and nerf battles, and more – but their newest game takes us back to Victorian London. The Sherlock Holmes escape room turns players into Scotland Yard sleuths and features decor styled on the books, films and TV series based on the famed detective.
Up against a white-knuckle countdown, you'll have to really put your heads together to get out of the reality-based scenarios at A/Maze Escape Games. With five different locations in the city, A/Maze immerses players in captivating stories of a 1926 prison break, a casino robbery, a spacecraft hijacking, a secret science lab, a lost temple in the Canadian woods, and more. Taking escape games to the next level, the Alien Maze make you choose between being human or alien as you wander through a labyrinth trying to outsmart your opponents (possibly with a nerf gun in hand).
It's all fun and games in the dark at laser-tag lair Laser Quest on St. Catherine Street W., where the Key Quest Escape Room challenges teams to escape a psychopathic serial killer's cellar or, on a lighter note, make your way out of school detention by solving a series of classroom puzzles. An adrenalin boosting bonus: if you can get out in under 45 minutes, you'll win a 2-for-1 pass to play laser tag!
By day, the Old Port of Montréal's 2-kilometre-long SOS Labyrinthe is an intrepid feat in itself, filled with passageways, dead-ends and treasures to thrill adventurers of all ages. By night the 105-year-old hanger hides clues for detectives in the dark on a mysterious mission by the St. Lawrence River. Open from May until late fall, SOS Labyrinthe doesn't require reservations, so all you have to do is show up ready to explore!
Live the game
There's even more immersive mystery in store at “emporium of escapism” Escaparium in the West Island and Laval, featuring five different stories to unravel, including the magic- and wizardry-themed adventures of The Wizard Four games, the high psychological scare-factor of The Game and the absurd adventures of Alice and the Mad Hatter's Mad Hat's Hat. And Plateau-located EZKAPAZ offers four differently designed scenarios, including augmented reality game Operation Mindfall.
Gritty local history
At the Stewart Museum, you can travel back in time to a little-known chapter of Montréal history circa WWII and plot your escape from the Fort of Saint-Helen’s Island in game Prisoners of Camp S/43. Get even darker with your adventuring as you explore Montréal's historic criminal underworld in Échappe-Toi's Prohibition Heads or Tails 1930s mystery and Braquage à la montréalaise bank robbery game. Or opt for another puzzle-solving scenario: uncover the Cursed Treasure of Hochelaga, join a hockey game gone wrong or the let the kids loose on a pirate ship adventure.
Step inside the cinematic universes of Tim Burton, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Stanley Kubrick and Terry Gilliam in the film-inspired Missions Morpheus. Located on Plaza St-Hubert, once known for its theatres and bustling bars earlier in the 20th century, Missions Morpheus has crafted games that build imaginative new worlds around the art of problem-solving.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.