A wild goose chase–without the goose.
> CALGARY (YYC) > The Locked Room > 52nd Street
- Website: The Locked Room
Address: 5330 72 Ave SE #191, Calgary, AB T2C 4X5
- Private Booking: Yes
- Price: $25 per person
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Linearity: Linear
- Group size: #small
- Player Level: #rookie
- Premise: “You are the world’s greatest master thief. You just got a tip that there is a secret vault hidden in the mansion of an international criminal and it’s full of $50,000,000 of gold bullion he has recently stolen from Fort Knox. Are you up to pulling off the greatest heist of all time?
This location will never get a perfect 10 for me simply because they don’t have a running leaderboard, nor do they take your photo after you’ve escaped. The storytelling at the start was rushed and felt obligatory. They were friendly enough at the reception and gave our clues when we needed them.
Friendly people, but the intro was a little bit rushed! I’d also like to see a leaderboard and have the option to take a picture (like at the other two Locked Room locations).
Some portions of the room had a mix of average puzzles and just plain lazy puzzles. I’m usually fine with puzzles that are plain giveaways, but if an escape room has a lot of that, it just feels lazy. One room did feel unique, but the execution still left something to be desired.
The puzzles were a little bit uninspired… There were a few things that weren’t very intuitive, but then again, we wouldn’t want everything to be doable so quickly!
This isn’t a bad-looking room. Small? Yes. Simple? Yes. Some of the props though looked and felt cheap, and one of the notes being handwritten on a piece of paper didn’t help either.
It’s supposed to look like the attic of a rich person, and I think it did that pretty well for the first part. As we progressed though, it was less than impressive. It was a bit squishy with 2 people, so I can’t imagine what it would be like with 6!
There was no music to begin with, so the atmosphere in this room was already nonexistent in the first place. On top of this, we could totally overhear the totally obnoxious, repetitive, and bombastic trumpeting sound blaring from the room next to us.
We could hear a lot of the sounds coming from the other room next to us, which took away from the whole feeling of pulling off a heist… I didn’t really feel any sense of urgency in this room.
The theme itself was fine, but there were problems with the execution. Some of the elements in the room (puzzles, props, and especially the riddles… the uninspired riddles) did not go along with the theme.
The theme of breaking in and stealing something isn’t particularly original as far as escape rooms go. However, this room didn’t feel very thematically cohesive with its puzzles and lack of music.
This gets a #bronze. I would recommend this to younger kids and beginners. There’s just something very lazy about the conceptualization of this room.
I give this room a #bronze. This room wasn’t my cup of tea. Still, some of the puzzles in it might be suited for a group with younger kids.
- Completed: July 23, 2016
- Escaped? Yes (2 people)
- Our Time: 0:54 (/1:00)
- # of hints used: 4