Review of Dr. Byward Escape Room

Review of Dr. Byward
at Amaze in Ottawa

Dr. Byward a PhD in Quantum Mechanics, brought forth the idea of Quantum Realms. He proclaimed that the space-time continuum can be bent to men’s will and used to create worlds beyond our imagination. After one of his experiments ended in a catastrophe he was banished from the scientific community, his research was deemed too dangerous.

You are given a warrant to infiltrate Dr. Byward’s Sanctum, your goal is to investigate and end his research the research of this mad scientist once and for all.

3.4Overall Score
  • Puzzle Quality
    3.0
  • Environment
    3.5
  • Story Integration
    4.0
  • Staff Involvement
    3.5
  • Overall Immersion
    3.0
  • Overall Fun
    3.5

Amaze in Ottawa is located in a small standalone building down a bit of a hidden alley close to Byward market.  It can be easy to miss!  Your first puzzle is to find their location!  Once inside the young woman was very kind and friendly and helpful but the location was quite cold (it was -6 outside) and certainly didn’t have the same welcoming vibe other locations do.

But, on to the room!  It was also quite cold.  The immersion factor is hard to measure because there isn’t a very relatable environment when it comes to quantum realms! However, I liked it.  The octagonal room with the octagonal table in the centre was a passable portal to other realms.  There were unique environmental aspects here that we enjoyed.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of elements that didn’t quite work right and required the staff member to come into the room to assist which always harms immersion.  It wasn’t their fault though as it seems some repairs are needed inside the room.

There is a clear and present storyline throughout.  The puzzles were a little easy for us – we’ll give it a medium rating here.  Four people should easily clear this room within 30 minutes.  It is big enough to hand 6 people.

Give it a try and let us know what you think down below!

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