Jigsaw Escape Rooms – The Study

Jigsaw Escape Rooms is located in the Byward Market in Ottawa.  It was our 5th escape of the day after a nice meal at the Smoque Shack (highly recommended).  Our friend Manda was with us, on our return visit to one of our favourite places in Ottawa.  Gamemaster Matt (who is GM David’s brother… also a big guy) greeted us.  After chatting for a bit we got to play one of their older games, The Study.

Creativity and Design 
(aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0

To be honest, office/study themes are boring to us (next to Toy Room themes.. ugh).  Throw in a desk, a shelf full of books, various pictures hanging on the wall and you have a study.

Jigsaw’s version throws a slight twist, in that it doubles for a crime scene which uses props to help support the story progression.  The only critical thing we have to say is we wish some of the props fit together better cohesively with the story.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

The room uses a combination of traditional locks and two or three interesting tech components.  One tech element was very simple, but we felt confused at why we it was in the room in a immersive point of view.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

So before I start this <bias> I hate books, especially shelves of them </bias> .  Thankfully the puzzle involving the shelves of books was straightforward and provided great direction.  Overall there were fun puzzles that didn’t require any major leaps and provided a good mix of traditional and task-based puzzles.  Our only nit-pick was a number of 3-4 digit locks were used without any direction to which puzzles lead to which lock.

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 Matt was friendly to chat with and open for feedback.  Just like with his brother, we had a great time chatting.

The price is $20.00 / person (plus tax), which is comparable to other venues in Ottawa.  In our case we played for FREE thanks to GM Matt.

Jigsaw continues to have fun and inventive puzzles.  The Study is a good room for enthusiasts looking for a challenge, but not looking to be frustrated.  We hope that Jigsaw has more rooms for us to tackle on our next visit.

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122 Clarence Street, Suite 201
Ottawa, Ontario