The Great Escape Canada – The Da Vinci Code

The Great Escape Canada is located in downtown Toronto, and not to be confused with Great Escape in North York.  This time we were joined by Errol and Manda from ERA and Mike from Team Undefeated.  We were interested to revisit them because the Hangover was a decent room and we wanted see how these guys have improved since our last visit.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level):
– Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 2.5 of 5.0

The Gamemasters gave us the usual briefing but with alot more detail than we needed to know (like how many rooms there were and the details of each of the rooms.. story wise).  Without this explanation we definitely would have felt lost, but overall the room felt very disjointed.  The props were of good quality, although some of the wine bottles actually still had wine in them (so it left me to wonder if they even washed them out, which is gross either way).

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 2.5 of 5.0

The Da Vinci Code room was like the Hangover, it was mainly lockboxes.  To their credit they did have 1 cool component we haven’t come across.  Because of the nature of it, we could see potential safety issues if it is misused.  There are also immersion-type problems with this component which I won’t go into.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 1.0 of 5.0

Even with our group of experienced escapers we were still struggling to escape.  A combination of red herrings, lack of direction and a few logical leaps caused us nothing by headaches.  The ‘tech’ piece mentioned above was a fun piece, but it wasn’t clear that we needed something from the previous room (which we found out with a hint).  Toward the end there was a ‘code’  that was supposed to be entered in a specific format (which we found out with a hint).  We were also given a ‘hint’ to look for something in the final room, but the gamemaster steered us back to something we already visited (wasting time to see if there was anything we were missing).

The hint system uses an intercom system, to call the gamemaster in the room.  Hints are also unlimited.

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

The staff was friendly after we paid and was eager to shoo us away when we didn’t want to do a back-to-back.  They mentioned it is a family-run business, which I am usually a fan of.. but I didn’t get that vibe from the staff.  During the game (as most escapers do) we took out the drawers of the desk.  When the gamemaster came in the room to give us a hint, she also gave us a ‘friendly’ reminder to put everything back the way it was.  One thing I should mention is that this room had puzzles that required furniture/props to be shifted.

The current price is $23 per person (with discounts for group rates).  The Great Escape requires you to book them 24 hours in advance.

Overall:  The Da Vinci Code doesn’t capture the fun of the Hangover nor the set design of the First Endeavour.  I don’t take pleasure in writing reviews like this, but without saying more I don’t think I’ll be returning to The Great Escape.

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165 Geary Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 2B8