Oshawa Escape Rooms – The Office Job

Oshawa Escape Rooms is located in a small strip plaza in Oshawa.  It was our final escape of our Ottawa trip which consisted of 7 escape rooms the day before.  We spent the previous 3 hours in the car with Errol and Manda recording our thoughts for our Ottawa trip, for our #REDivas podcast.  We were greeted by GM James who was very eager for us to try his room (I had a feeling he knew who we were).  Surprisingly there was no briefing nor anything about the hint system.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 3.5 of 5.0

The room as the name suggests is an office, with your standard desk, cabinets and *sigh* electronic safe.  Interestingly enough, as you play through the room the story becomes clear.  By the end of the room, the story takes an interesting turn and just stops abruptly.  By the end of the room we still felt it would have been nice to know why we were in the room to start out with.


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

The room uses some low tech solutions to keep the room entertaining, but fails to impress the tech lover in me.  There were some fun components that were well disguised in the room (so it was not obviously a puzzle).  The one daunting thing in the room was the electronic safe  with a 30 minute timeout.  Luckily we didn’t trip it, but it made us extra careful about the numbers we punched in.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  4.5 of 5.0

The puzzles were very straightforward.  Thankfully there wasn’t a strong searching component, and the puzzles did provide enough direction that we weren’t fumbling with 4-digit locks all around the room (a problem many Ottawa escape rooms have).  Again the elephant in the room was the 30-minute timeout, which we treaded lightly around (hopefully they can fix that timeout in the future).

The hint system involved the GM slipping you clues under the door.  We received one hint during the game, although it would have been good to know the system ahead of time.

Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?

Gamemaster James was nice to chat with and even took us around his facility.  We got a sneak peak at “the Detention” and it already looks great.

The price is $25.00 / person which is comparable with their nearest neighbours.

Overall:
 The Office Job was surprisingly good for a low-tech room.  We look forward to visiting to see their future rooms.

For more information check out:

http://www.oshawaescapes.com/
Oshawa, ON

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