Durham Escape Rooms – The King’s Crypt

Durham Escape Rooms is located in Whitby, ON on a small commercial/residential road. We booked all 3 of their rooms to play back-to-back and was surprised to see they had a ticket system (where you can potentially play with randoms).   In this room we played with a family of 4, who was playing for their first time.

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

This room centered on the King’s coffin.  The rest of the set design helped support it, with some matching puzzle details.  We wished there would have been more creativity on the ‘end goal’ (by utilizing more of the room), but overall it was decent.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  4.0 of 5.0

There were 2 very interesting surprises that added to the novelty, narrative and functional aspects of the room.  Because of this we wish there was more, as the room ‘plateaued’ early on.  Thankfully there were no technical issues with this room.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score:  3.5 of 5.0

We did this room with a family of first timers, so we decided to take the backseat and provide guidance instead of solving puzzles.  The family did well overall, being able to grasp the basic puzzle concepts and make their way out with an all-time record.

As simple as the room was, it could have used more direction.  There were many similar locks (with no indication where to use the clues) and a destructible puzzle (which could have been avoided if there was direction to avoid doing so).

The hint system uses a walkie-talkie.  In this case the GM came in the room.

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

The GM’s at Durham Escape were a friendly bunch and happy to chat with us.  We learned one of their favourite places was Escape Manor in Ottawa and we can definitely see the parallels.

The price for is $23.00 + tax / person, with discounts for social media check-ins.

Overall:  The King’s Crypt is definitely a good beginners room with clever and fun construction details.  I think with some puzzle adjustments it could be a great room.

For more information check out:

1624 Charles St.
Whitby, ON