Escape The Crate is a monthly subscription box that gives you the escape room experience at home. For the same price of one person doing an escape room, you and your team can work together to solve the escape room puzzles at home. With Escape The Crate you need to solve ciphers, puzzles, and sleuth together to solve the puzzles to finish the adventure. The boxes ships every other month for $29.99 plus shipping.
For our first Escape The Crate experience we tackled Escape The Queen’s Curse which is available as a one-time purchase box (no subscription required).
Spoiler Free Escape The Queen’s Curse Review
The story of the box is you are time traveler send back in time to save Queen Elizabeth I who has been poisoned. Her advisor and alchemist, John Dee is working on a cure for the poison and it is up to you to search the castle to get all the ingredients for the cure. Fail and the Queen will die, forever changing history as we know it.
Just like a regular escape room in Escape The Crate, you will have to complete the puzzles before the timer goes off. In Escape The Queen’s Curse as time progresses the Queen will get iller from the poison, and will eventually die. So you need to race against the clock to find the ingredients for the cure. When playing the game you can customize the level of difficulty so that easier versions of the game gives you more time.
In this Escape The Crate box there are many envelopes that you cannot open until you solve the previous challenge. For each puzzle, you will get either a number or word that you will need to enter on the Escape The Crate website, and if you are correct it will give you further story text (which there is also an audio recording to play for the group) and directions on what to do next.
The puzzles are nicely varied and for the most part, well designed. We did struggle a few time understanding the directions on how a puzzle was supposed to work. In moments when we were stuck there is several hints available online as part of the escape box that helped to explain the challenge.
On average difficulty, you have 78 minutes to solve the game before the Queen dies, and with a group of 4 who are all well experienced in escape rooms, we needed the entire time to finish the game.
For the price of $29.99 we felt Escape The Crate provided excellent value as it entertained 4 adults for over an hour, and was just as enjoyable as a regular escape room which would have cost us at least $100.00 total for 4 people and only lasted 45 minutes.
If you already love escape rooms or are curious to see why escape rooms have become so popular, Escape The Crate is sure to keep you entertained.