Lockdown - Parkdale

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Lockdown - Parkdale
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Lockdown is Ottawa's premier live room escape experience! How it works: You and your team are locked in a mysterious room. Now you must put your deductive problem solving skills to the test and see if you can escape before time runs out (45 minutes). Does your team have what it takes? Each escape room can lock up 2 to 6 people, though we think 4 to 6 works best. Bring your family and friends and be prepared to get Locked Down! Now with two locations! Parkdale Escape Rooms: 'Area 51' and 'Toys' Ogilvie Escape Rooms: 'The Visitors' and 'Save the Rave'
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OttawaTY
Ottawa, Canada7 contributions
TOYS - Great time but make sure you have a few adults in the room
Aug 2016
I would rate the Toys room as a 3.5 out of 5.
We were a group of 6 (1 adult + 5 children aged 9-10 years old). We all had a great time and it was family friendly, clean, safe etc. Lockdown does insist that one adult be present in the room which I mistakenly took to mean for safety/security reasons. I incorrectly assumed that the kids could to it all themselves and the adult is only there to observe, when in fact, most of the clues are fairly tricky to solve. I'm sure a room full of just adults would have been challenged. Depending on the age of the kids, the adults really are there to solve a majority of the clues and open the combination locks (which most young kids do not have experience with). It was a lesson learned but we will definitely still check out the other family friendly rooms they have but we'll make sure there is an even number of kids and adults. It was still a great experience for all of us. Thanks for offering family friendly rooms!!
Written August 27, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Breadcool
Ottawa, Canada182 contributions
There are way better options in Ottawa
Aug 2016 • Family
We took the kids to do Toys. My 9 year old daughter thought it was fun as it was her first escape room. The rest of us had done escape rooms before and although we varied in our views of how much fun we had, we all agreed that we were not impressed with the quality and design of Toys and that the experience was not worth the $90 we spent to do it.

There were some interesting elements to the room. I really liked the focal point, but I felt it didn't fit the theme very well. I also liked the puzzle which is out of reach and the means of activating it. The giant puzzle was neat but it could have been much more user friendly instead of assembling it and then needing to disassemble parts of it. It could have been designed better.

The part that I absolutely hated was the over-abundance of red herrings! I could understand a "room full of toys" having some toys that don't need to be used to solve puzzles, but that is not the case here. First of all, it never felt like it was a "room full of toys" and secondly, the red herrings were designed to appear to be useful. And there were a lot of them! I am referring to items with numbers, designs, and sequences on them which were specifically put in there to throw you off. I wanted to help solve puzzles, not be lead down multiple wrong paths. The general rule of thumb I have encountered in all other escape rooms has been, if it appears to be useful somehow, it is. Definitely not the case here.

The other big issue I had with this room is it feels like it used to be a better room but that it has received zero attention in months. It seems like there used to be more items on the walls as you can see the holes and scrapes where items used to hang. And it really seems like those red herrings used to do something. Were puzzles ever removed from this room for some reason, leaving behind parts of them that no longer make sense? I don't know.

I recommend you to not do this room unless it gets a refurbishing or a complete overhaul. There are many other choices in Ottawa (Escape Manor, Jigsaw, and Room Escape are three I've visited and enjoyed) for a great escape room experience. I was eager to visit Lockdown - Ogilvie, but after this room, I'm a little unsure if I want to risk it.
Written August 5, 2016
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Colleen685
Ottawa, Canada290 contributions
Testing Our Brains
Jun 2016 • Friends
To celebrate a friend's upcoming birthday we decided to try something that none of us had done before and Lockdown was it. We were in the Toys room looking for a way to get out. I will say that we were not very good at it at all. We should have asked for a clue right away instead of trying to turn the room upside down looking for clues. After getting a clue or 2 our understanding of how and why the room was setup as it was started getting clearer. Our host was very polite and helpful, with a good sense of humour and patience. It was definitely and interesting experience and my hats off to folks who can solve the clues and get out.
Written July 28, 2016
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So glad you had a good time! Now that you have one escape room under your belts you should see if you can escape The Visitors!!
Written July 29, 2016
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Mariel A
1 contribution
Great experience!
Jul 2016 • Friends
The Lockdown Ottawa experience was fantastic and a lot of fun! The games and challenges were great to do and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a group of friends!
Written July 10, 2016
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We are thrilled that you and your group had a good time! Don't forget to check out our other rooms too. ;) We are also launching two more rooms at our Ogilvie location in the coming months. Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to be among the first to get the scoop on these amazing new adventures!
Written July 15, 2016
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Alexa G
1 contribution
Great experience!
Jul 2016
Had a great time at Lockdown! Staff was friendly and Return to Area 51 was one of my favourite rooms I've done. Cant wait for the other rooms to open! Will definitely go back to try them.
Written July 7, 2016
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Fify S
2 contributions
Best escape room in Ottawa
Jul 2016 • Friends
Very unique escape room with many exciting challenges that we haven't encountered in other escape rooms in Ottawa. We had a really fun time.
Written July 7, 2016
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markzimmermann
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
very entertaining, a great time
Jul 2016
I recommend it. Lots of fun. A great adventure for a group of friends.next time I would make it longer.
Written July 7, 2016
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Katie T
2 contributions
So much fun!
Jul 2016 • Friends
We did 'return to area 51' and enjoyed ourselves immensely. It was difficult but never frustrating or boring. I am definitely going back once they have more rooms built! Staff was very friendly, too!
Written July 5, 2016
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Mit C
2 contributions
Best Escape Rooms in Ottawa!!!
Jul 2016 • Friends
Lockdown just completely renovated their new rooms at the Ogilvie location within the last month by professional puzzle and set designers, so don't trust any of the old reviews here by people who played them really early! The new Return to Area 51 was launched 2 weeks ago and Save The Rave was this weekend. I've played all the escape rooms in Ottawa and the ones at the new Lockdown Ogilvie location are among the best! Extremely high quality, set design, fun factor and no red herrings! Lots of fun surprises! You do not need to have played Area 51 at the Parkdale location to play Return to Area 51 at the Ogilvie location as they're completely different. Highly recommended!!! The rooms at the Parkdale location are a little rough around the edges but the owners told me that those rooms will soon be renovated as well. Can't wait!
Written July 3, 2016
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Bellatraveller80
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica134 contributions
Rough Around The Edges
Jun 2016 • Couples
My husband and I did Area 51 with another couple. The building was in a shady area of town and the door to enter Lockdown was difficult to locate. The room was fun but not the caliber of escape room that I am used to. Another thing that ruined the experience was the guy working there, going on and on about not touching things and not breaking things. We were a group of 4 middle age professional adults. We were not going in there to destroy the room. I am glad that I had a Groupon because I would not pay full price to go there again.
Written June 7, 2016
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