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Remember that urge to escape high school? A new, week-long event in Toronto kicks off Saturday, October 15 to let you relive the experience—except this time, it’s fun. #SURVIVECLASS is your high school (lockers and all) transformed into a puzzle-based escape game. It’s running in Toronto until the 23, it’s free, and it’s really, really fun.
Based on the upcoming Doctor Who spinoff Class, the event is divided into two school-themed rooms. The premise? A portal to a dark and dangerous dimension is about to open at Coal Hill Academy. The goal? Solve the puzzle, stop the portal. Each of the rooms contains three puzzles for groups of four to solve before they team up to figure out the bigger puzzle, break open those lockers, and unlock a secret room.
The first room is Miss Quill’s Science Class, which you come upon soon after it’s been abruptly evacuated. There’s a bomb, made by The Doctor himself, capable of destroying the portal—if you can figure out the activation code. Miss Quill has left you (her students) three sets of science-based puzzles, all of which contain clues to figure out the code and detonate the bomb. You get 15 minutes to do it—but don’t stress, it’s not like the fate of humanity is resting on this or anything (sorry, it is).
Room 2 is the Coal Hill Academy Fall Formal. Playing off of the Class premiere in which we’re introduced to the school and its students during prom/the opening of a portal to another dimension, this room is about finding the missing prom king and queen. You’re given 15 minutes to track them down and escape with them. But be warned: there’s a twist. Uh oh.
Playing the Class escape game really feels like being a part of the show as the tension revs up and teams begin to run from their class to the lockers and back again trying to solve the puzzles/save the world. (You’re definitely going to want to be well-caffeinated for this.)
Where & when: Check out #SURVIVECLASS at 277 Queen Street West from the 15th to the 23 of October. The event runs everyday from noon until 8pm.
How much: Free!
If you aren’t in the city this week and still want to get in on some escape room action: Head to Toronto’s Captive Escape Rooms (the puzzle engineers behind #SURVIVECLASS) to play one of their year-round, hour-long escape games.
Also, don’t forget to tune in to the two-hour series premiere of Class on Space Saturday, October 22 at 9pm ET. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.