Durham Escape Rooms – Treasure Hunter Room
Durham Escape Rooms is located in Whitby, ON on a small commercial/residential road. We decided to spend our Valentine’s Day on a out of town escape rooms. We were surprised to see they had a ticket system (where you can potentially play with randoms), that was almost fully booked. We managed to book all 3 rooms, however we knew ahead of time we’d be playing with other people (which usually isn’t a concern).
Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0
One of the impressive things with the room was the quality of the build. Even before stepping inside the room, there is a (half) bookshelf that acts as their door which was a nice touch. The room itself had quality furniture and props, which helped boost the fact that you were in a treasure hunter’s office. We wish there were more storytelling elements to further the immersion, but it did well for a small town room.
Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score: 3.0 of 5.0
There was a surprise or two in the room, but otherwise the room lacked creative mechanisms that would entertain tech lovers and experienced escapers. With the surprise elements we didn’t have any issues.
Intuitive (aka Frustration Level): Was it solvable? or Did you have to be inside the creators mind to solve it?
Score: 3.0 of 5.0
We played this room with 2 first-time player couples (who did very well). There were a few instances where we could see the puzzle design would be confusing to new players and lead them down a few rabbit holes (tracks of thought that lead you away from the actual answer). On a positive note, the more difficult puzzles did have alternative ways to solve it.
However on an easier puzzles, we encountered one issue where you needed to brute force the permutations in order to get the answer (not providing enough direction). Otherwise we feel the puzzles were relatively well done.
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 Treasure Hunter Room is a decent take on a study-type room. We think with a few puzzle tweaks it can be even better. Overall a decent room for a small town escape.
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1624 Charles St.