The Vertigo Games – Pharaoh’s Tomb

Vertigo Games is located in North York, just 2 minutes away from Escape Games Canada.  We decided to pay them a visit after playing some archery tag (because we had an escape room itch).  We went with Team Mardi who are our oldest and probably most experienced team.  We had a quick chat with the GMs who were very excited to talk about their games and business.  The interesting thing is they have a briefing area for each room, which was great to see.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0

The story starts with you trying to find a scepter in an egyptian tomb.  The overall set design and props were definitely up there with some of our favourite egypt rooms.  There were probably 1 or 2 parts that felt out of place, but it was a decent take on the theme.  We felt there were some components missing in a storytelling sense to give us a complete sense of adventure, however the set design made up for it.

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

The one consistent thing throughout Vertigo was the use of tech.  There were simple uses and more complex ones.  One particular puzzle comes to mind that required very specific operation (with not enough instruction), however the reveal on what to do (for at least half of it) was very well done.

We didn’t have any major tech hiccups.

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 felt there were a few parts that could have provided some more direction.  There was one large box that didn’t indicate how many locks there were ( we were told verbally).  Unfortunately we actually broke part of the box while attempting to open it.

The hint system uses a intercom system, which we had no problems with.

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

The Gamemasters were great to chat with.  It seems they have a good team of people in the background with a good grasp on what makes a fun room.

The price is $22 / person, which was a decent experience for the price.

Overall: Pharaoh’s Tomb is a fun, well themed room with a few minor issues.  Check it out if you enjoy Egyptian/tomb themes

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North York, ON