Mystery Motel – Science Horror

Mystery Motel is located in the Byward Market in Ottawa.  It was our 4th of 7 escapes on the same day.  Our friend and expert escaper Manda was with us (we were grateful because this was a tough room).  The GM brought us to the briefing room which has an interesting and entertaining intro video.  

Creativity and Design 
(aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 2.5 of 5.0

The room resembled a small office with some science related props spread around the room.  There was a cool lighting effect, that gave it a 90’s sci-fi feel.  Otherwise the room felt restrictive and not-so-player friendly.  We didn’t feel the design helped with the story.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  3.0 of 5.0

There wasn’t much wrong with the room, but at the same time there was nothing inventive about it either.  I would say the only highlight was the lighting effect and one interesting technical element.  Neither of these really help relate to the story, so it felt more forced in.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  1.0 of 5.0

This room had trouble with providing direction to the players.  There were multiple 4 digit locks and no indication of what-puzzle-goes-with-what-lock.  We even had issues finding a start point, which we needed to call a hint for.

The puzzles did require a few logic leaps as well, so that didn’t help ease our frustration.  The cherry on top was in the last 10 seconds we had thought we escaped only to be surprised by another lockbox.

We thought it might have just been exhaustion by playing 3 games before, but our next two games proved us wrong (Jigsaw, Tick Tock).

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, but lacked the professionalism we had become accustomed to.  During one of the hints, the GM made an offhand comment about our solving abilities, which definitely set off Ruby.

The price is $20.00 (plus tax) / person.  For the experience it might need a price adjustment.

 Even though it started off fun, the room turned us all into knuckle-draggers as we paced back and forth in the room.  Unfortunately the best part of the experience was when we got to leave.

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