Jigsaw Escape Rooms – The Cabin
Jigsaw Escape Rooms is located in the Byward Market in Ottawa. We just had brunch with some old friends (who also happen to be Food Bloggers in Ottawa – foodie Prints) and we made our way to Jigsaw. After climbing some stairs Gamemaster David (who is a really big guy) greeted us. He gave us the usual spiel about the room and let us in.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0
Before coming into the room we were actually impressed with the entrance door, it was decorated nicely with special wood to give it a weathered look. When we made it into the room, we realized it wasn’t only the door, but the entire room that was nicely designed with this wood. The props felt solid and very ‘cabin’-like. However ss the room progressed there were a few things that we felt took away from the set design. Otherwise it was a decorative and well put-together room.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0
The majority of the room was lockboxes, but Gamemaster David did take a few risks. It was interesting to see the clever uses of everyday (camping) objects that play well with the theme. However we did feel they did miss the mark on the execution. I wouldn’t necessarily say there were any safety issues, but some parts of the room you definitely need to work as a team.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score: 3.5 of 5.0
The room made it clear where to start and for the most part the puzzles did have enough direction. Some of the risky things we mentioned above, also gave us a bit of a headache. One particular puzzle required the setup to be precise and we weren’t able to set it up properly. The end puzzle was also a hit and a miss for us, as it wasn’t entirely clear what we were supposed to do until we called for a hint.
The hint system is your standard walkie-talkie call-in for a hint. We didn’t have any issues with this.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
Gamemaster David was friendly to chat with and open for feedback. He is looking for space to expand (which is great to hear) so we hope to hear great things in the future.
The price is $20.00 / person (plus tax), which is comparable to other venues in Ottawa.
Overall: The Cabin has some great props, set design and ambitious puzzles. We only wish the execution and narrative was there. The Cabin has the potential to become a masterpiece, however it still needs some tweaking.
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122 Clarence Street, Suite 201