Province reporter Stuart Derdeyn visited SmartyPantz in Gastown, Vancouver’s first downtown escape room experience, and had a spooky good time in their version of a Haunted Study, Morning Never Comes. SmartyPantz will have 5 separate escape room adventures, designed and built by professional film, TV and theatre designers. SmartyPantz escape rooms provides an immersive experience that is the perfect setting for a corporate outing. Lots of fun to be had and it requires many collaborative team building elements to complete the challenges.
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Sitting on the corner of Cordova and Abbott, the Runkle Block (cue to the obvious Californication reference) is a four-storey Edwardian era building faced with brick and concrete. Constructed in 1911, it was one of several buildings that formed the transition point between the Pacific shipping routes and the railway.
Today, SmartyPantz inhabits space in both buildings. The adjoining walls between them were removed some time ago, opening the space up and allowing the escape room newcomer to create a space that honours the building’s history while making the best possible use of its haunting demeanor.
Visit them at 289 Abbott, Suite 100 or check them out online at www.smartypantz.ca.
Writer Ishra Sharif writes about something new for all the young professionals to do in downtown Vancouver. Gastown just keeps getting all the good stuff. For the number of YPs, creative start-ups, and young business types that fill the area, this news is sure to excite you.
While a number of gaming escape rooms have opened up in locations surrounding the city, the downtown core area was yet to receive one of their very own. SmartyPantz is making the first move and opening this month – on February 19th.
Following Vancouver’s positive reception to experience-driven businesses like One Under Urban Golf Club and boutique spinning studios, we can see this being a hit. Did we mention it features five escape rooms customized for each experience?
The latest craze has finally come to Vancouver. SmartyPantz has opened an escape room arcade in Gastown. There are 5 rooms to choose from. Try the diabolical Doomed Sub, which has a very low solve rate, or Spies and Lies, a Spy mission that is a little easier. The College and University crowd is one of their biggest demographics. And on your birthday, it’s free!!
Interactive gaming has made its way to Gastown. SmartyPantz has launched Downtown Vancouver’s first Escape Room facility with film-level props and effects. So, for those who want to jump into some Hollywood action – or looking for a fun way to bond with co-workers, check out what they have to offer.
Are escape rooms the next big thing? Chris Ricard and Dan Civiero certainly think so. Last week, the entrepreneurial duo launched Downtown Vancouver’s first escape room, with plans to expand across Western Canada.
Escape rooms (aka real-life room escape) are the latest craze to hit Metro Vancouver. Their rapid growth in Asia – and now Canada – suggests that they’ll find a permanent place within Vancouver’s gaming culture. The experience simulates interactive problem solving in real time. It’s fun, hands-on and bound to get your heart racing.
While Escape rooms have been commonplace in Japan and China for many years, SmartyPantz has opened the very first puzzle room in Vancouver. There are 5 rooms to choose from including the crazy Dreamscape to the scary Thirst for Murder. Come bring your friends to play. If you call ahead, they will provide a Host to guide you through in Mandarin. Click here for full article.
Reporter Laura Dennis provides insight into some great things to do on a rainy day in Vancouver. Fight fear, claustrophobia and time itself at SmartyPantz. Get locked in one of five themed rooms—from a doomed Soviet submarine to a serial killer’s basement—each with an extensive backstory. The detailed rooms found inside a Gastown heritage building were designed by professional prop masters in the film industry. Solve puzzles as a team and use logic to escape before the 45-minute time limit is up.
Local entrepreneurs, Chris Ricard and Dan Civiero, have done their homework and will be opening the doors on Vancouver’s first Escape Room entrant, SmartyPantz, in Gastown in February. Ricard and Civiero are game and puzzle enthusiasts who heard about Escape Rooms through Ricard’s MBA program experience. The pair have enlisted experts from the film and television industry and are committed to providing the most immersive, visceral and social escape room experience. The rooms all have a back story, with a host actor, in costume, to guide you through your journey. Ricard and Civiero already have plans to open in Edmonton and Calgary in 2015. The sky’s the limit!
Want to be a SmartyPantz? Then make your way down to Cordova and Abbot beginning in February to play one of the 5 escape room experiences they have to offer. From the creepy Thirst for Murder to the whimsical, Dreamscape, SmartyPantz escape rooms will have the capacity to handle up to 45 people at a time. Perfect for that corporate team building event you’ve been search for. We’re told that Feb. 19 is the soft launch date with the Grand Opening schedule for April. What better way to have in downtown Vancouver in the New Year!