Room Escape Ottawa – Boom Room
Room Escape Ottawa is located outside the downtown core in Ottawa. Boom Room was our 3rd of 7 escapes on the same day. We were lucky that for this game we had our friends Manda, Errol and some of Errol’s family playing with us. The GM brought us to the briefing room, blindfolded us and then congo-lined us into the room.
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.5 of 5.0
The room uses a war/bunker type of theme. The props and set design are some of the best we’ve seen for this category, with nice tech uses to enhance the storytelling. For the first 3/4 of the room it felt well put together, however the last part was a bit confusing in a story point of view (of why some objects were in place).
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 5.0 of 5.0
Like the Serial Killer Charade, the tech plays well with both story and puzzle elements, to enhance the overall experience. Thankfully we didn’t have any tech issues.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score: 4.5 of 5.0
Because of our large group, we didn’t get to do all the puzzles, infact the newbies did most of the puzzles (and by newbies we mean they had <5 games under their belt). The game was fairly linear and had a good variety of puzzles. Our only complaint was one puzzle that reused a resource, but didn’t provide direction that we needed to use a different element of it. We weren’t clear what it was looking for so we called for a hint on that.
An experienced team of 4 could tackle this room. We felt 8 was too much for this room.
The hint system uses a walkie-talkie system for unlimited hints.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The gamemasters were friendly, helpful and seemed like they enjoyed working there.
The price is $24.00 (plus tax) / person. For the experience it was well worth the price.
Overall: Boom Room was one of the best Ottawa experiences we had. For the price and the polished design you can’t go wrong here. Do not miss out on this (and their other room).
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