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NC Escape


119 Orange St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (984) 888-5155
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Photo of Lori Merrill Lori Merrill
Apr 8, 2022 5

Had a great time in the Attic. Emily was a great gamemaster, making us feel welcome and in the story right off the bat!

Photo of Aaron Potts Aaron Potts
Mar 28, 2022 5

Very fun and addicting! Will definitely be back to play more games in the future! The staff is very nice and helpful.

Photo of Karin Fullington Karin Fullington
Dec 28, 2021 5

We’ve done a lot of escape rooms not only in the Raleigh/Durham area, but also when we go on vacation. It’s a fun family activity for us. We’ve done good rooms, great rooms, and not-so-great rooms. I don’t leave reviews for the bad rooms. NC Escape had good rooms. We try to do double features the same day, so I called to talk to the game master and get a feel for which rooms would fit our group best. They recommended Alien Escape and The Attic. First, we tackled Alien Escape. It was harder than we anticipated. We needed more hints than normal to keep things moving as we struggled to find the right path. Luckily, the hints are unlimited. The puzzles were non-linear, meaning people could spread out and work on different puzzles without waiting for the last puzzle to be solved. This is necessary to conquer the room, as there are LOTS of things happening and lots to do in a 60min time span. The only thing that hung us up for a long time was the 3D block puzzle, which isn’t really a spoiler alert. Hints don’t help – you just have to do it and can’t do much else until it’s done. If that puzzle was replaced with something easier, the whole room would be more doable. Otherwise, the puzzles and props were really fun and different than other puzzles we’ve solved. We all liked it and just barely escaped in time. Then we took a quick break and returned for The Attic. It was much smaller with an easy story and mission. There were some good jumps that made us scream. This room was more linear and had some great puzzles. It was also WAY easier. We flew through it without any hints and made the monthly record board. We were expecting more at the end, and was kind of shocked it was over so quickly. This would be a great room for those new to escape rooms, but it’s too easy for experienced gamers. The game masters were nice and helpful. The location is great as we could walk to a bar in between rooms and grab a drink. We wish we had more time to try the third room, but we ran out of time. Still a great day! Thanks NC Escape!

Photo of Leighanna Flora Leighanna Flora
Jan 8, 2022 5

I’ve done every room they’ve had here and they’ve all been fantastic! Most recently, we did the newest room (Kidnapped) and had a great time! Megan and Emily made it such a fun, engaging, and entertaining experience.

Photo of Meredith Thompson Meredith Thompson
Jan 1, 2022 5

My first time doing an escape room and absolutely loved it. The staff was absolutely amazing and their energy was great. It felt like they were apart of our team. Will 100% be back.

Photo of Amanda Lord Amanda Lord
Mar 13, 2022 5

The staff were super friendly and my group of 7 had soo much fun!! I hadn't done an escape room before but after doing the one they have here I will definitely be back! Such a blast!

Photo of Yusif Al-yemeni Yusif Al-yemeni
Jan 23, 2021 5

Had a blast. Megan was very pleasant and helped improve the experience. The room is props are fairly high budget. The jump scares were great. There were a lot of surprises. Me and my wife did the room with just the 2 of us. We've done about 5 rooms prior to this. We made it out with seconds to spate BUT we definitely used the hints. There were an appropriate amount of puzzles for a 2 player. There were a few points that we stalled out. There were a couple points that we did not physically see the puzzle components but I believe we were just being dense. There was also 1 point that there was a reasonable potential for user error. Difficulty wise, each individual puzzle required you think. There were no give-me puzzles. Best compliment I can give is that, I will be back for a round 2.

Photo of Taylor Mayes Taylor Mayes
Mar 4, 2022 5

The whole family had a great time! We did the Alien escape room with three members who’ve never done an escape room before. Got out with two minutes left! Super cool and interactive! Would definitely come back!

Photo of Yaahmonny Harper Yaahmonny Harper
Jan 3, 2021 5

Went today with my boyfriend , we did the Attic and it was perfect especially for our first time at an escape room . Emily was our host and she was AMAZING! Very good costumer service and provided great hints that steered us in the right direction but didn’t give it away and even offered to take pictures of us with the signs. Will definitely be returning!

Photo of Alex Slack Alex Slack
Dec 11, 2020 5

The rooms very clever and intricate. My group ended up doing The Attic and had a ton of fun. We had also done the brewery previously ans had a blast with that. The game master was very kind and provided helpful and effective hints and even rewarded us for escaping with chocolate. The price is definitly worth it for the experience and the puzzles in the rooms.

Photo of Brittny Thomas Brittny Thomas
Sep 6, 2020 5

Great time!! Great staff! My family and I really enjoyed ourselves!

Photo of Chris A Chris A
Sep 30, 2020 5

Fantastic rooms! We have played two of the smaller rooms (with four people), and both were fantastic! The puzzles in each room are difficult enough to require some thought, but not too difficult to be impossible...plus the host is available for any tips, if necessary! We also enjoy the fact that all rooms are private bookings, so we are only playing the game with people we know. We will definitely be back to try another room!!

Photo of Sarah Jones Sarah Jones
Sep 11, 2020 5

❤️ we loved it here, the staff was amazing and really knew when we needed help! Would love to come back ❤️❤️

Photo of Jim Barr Jim Barr
Sep 6, 2020 5

Absolutely a blast. Clean, fun and great for birthdays. Emily was an awesome guide. Definitely planning the other escapes.

Photo of Lisa Shafer Lisa Shafer
Jul 27, 2020 5

We played the Attic yesterday. One adult and two thirteen year old girls. We had a spectacular time! The girl who helped us with our clues was just wonderful. She really made this such a great experience by being so fantastic to deal with. We escaped in just the hour with no time to spare. The puzzles were not too difficult, and most involved finding codes and unlocking locks. The rooms were very well done. The story was fun. We loved this experience and highly recommend!

Photo of Tiger Johnson Tiger Johnson
Jun 20, 2020 4

We drove just over 3 hours to get there to play the rooms. They made it easy to set up being able to play all their rooms, though a bit pricier than normal when playing multiple rooms than most of escape places. The rooms were really well put together and my husband and I got out of them with ease. The only thing we don't like are creepy rooms but we love solving the puzzles, we asked that the music just be turned off to lower the creepiness level because we are chickens and the girl the said no. It wasn't until we walked out from getting too scared that the other coworker said it wouldn't be a problem just turning the music off so we didn't waste all the money we spent. Over all the rooms were well put together but it was missing the personal touch. Escape rooms are about going there and having fun so if you can't accommodate what your guest will enjoy- to a very reasonable degree- or casually interact with them in conversation of any kind- especially enthusiast- then you lose that extra layer of personal touch that really sets you apart. The escape rooms were original but felt like we were just being put through the motions from the employee (sweet and kind and everything, but not that extra step of accommodating and personable). I would overall give it a 3.5 star compared to the hundred plus of the other ones we have done. The employees tend to really make or break an escape room so that personal touch tends to be important, at least to us.

Photo of Zarria Bratts Zarria Bratts
Jun 21, 2020 5

Last minute booking for my boyfriend and I. Had some difficulty booking online but Rachel was very helpful and understanding over the phone. Rachel and Emily were very accommodating and made the entire experience enjoyable for us! We played the attic and it’s incredible what they did with the puzzles and the setup. A few small jump scares but nothing too crazy. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun time with friends or family (they only do private rooms so that’s even better)! Can’t wait to go back soon!

Photo of Patrick Carr Patrick Carr
Jun 18, 2019 5

Had a great time in the Brewery Room, very well done clues with just the right amount of challenge.

Photo of Gary Williams Gary Williams
Aug 1, 2020 5

We've had two great experiences at NC Escapes. We did the Attic and Alien Escape. Our host was very friendly and helpful and made sure we had a successful outcome. We'll definitely be going back.

Photo of F Nam F Nam
Jun 6, 2020 5

Amazing time! The Alien Abduction experience was phenomenal. Room was clean and well decorated. Intriguing clues and fun time overall. Highly recommend.

Photo of Dennis Landis Dennis Landis
Jun 21, 2020 5

We had a great time in the alien themed room. It was pretty tough but we got out. We would definitely come again. Emily was great. Thanks!

Photo of Heather P Heather P
Aug 26, 2019 5

We had the best time escaping the attic. The jump scare parts were the best. I can't wait to come back and try the other rooms.

Photo of Jacqui Prusik Jacqui Prusik
Mar 1, 2020 5

We had such an amazing time at the NC ESCAPE game! Our Game Master Emily was so fun and enthusiastic. We did the Brewery Heist and it was so creative. Thank you for helping make my mom’s 60th so fun! I would recommend them and especially Emily to anyone looking for a fun afternoon! 5-stars!

Photo of W. G. W. G.
Jan 25, 2020 5

Super fun experience, this was our first escape and now can't wait to go to another! Highly recommended!

Photo of TeruTeruSky TeruTeruSky
Jan 21, 2020 5

I have been here twice and had a fantastic time on both visits! Maggie and David were both very friendly and attentive Game Masters. The sets are wonderfully designed and each room has a variety of puzzles that help ensure that there is something for everyone to do while in the room!

Photo of Sanjukta Nandi Bose Sanjukta Nandi Bose
Jan 15, 2020 5

Really nice escape room. I went there with my husband and in-laws and we successfully made it through the alien invasion escape room. My parents-in-law tried escape room for the first time and they too enjoyed it a lot. I would say the staff were also very friendly, attentive and helpful throughout the game. I would highly recommend it for pretty much all age-groups.

Photo of YouHadMeAt Bark YouHadMeAt Bark
Dec 29, 2019 5

We had so much fun doing the Brewery Heist escape room last night with a group of 6 adults. I highly recommend NC Escape...it is so rewarding to figure out the puzzles! Thank you for making us feel like brainiacs!

Photo of Keith MacKay Keith MacKay
Dec 29, 2019 5

The exact right level of challenging. We had a relatively small group for the largest room, and I think that it worked out perfectly. They're the exact right amount of helpful, and there's a little tablet that they can ping whenever you need help. All of the mechanics are smooth and well engineered, which makes most of the puzzles feel more intuitive

Photo of Ali Likes To Write Ali Likes To Write
Dec 29, 2019 5

This is place is top notch! We just played their Brewery Heist, Alien Escape and The Attic. All three rooms were professionally built, themed immaculately, and the puzzles we're absolutely brilliant! Fantastic experience!

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Dec 18, 2019 5

I really enjoyed my escape room experience. The rooms are challenging and well detailed. Great for corporate team building. Staff was friendly and helpful!

Photo of Steve Dalton Steve Dalton
Dec 8, 2019 5

Two of us did the Attic room, which was a great, clever linear room with a fun story and great use of technology. Maggie was an excellent game master as well and made the experience extra fun! I look forward to doing your other rooms soon!

Photo of Nathan Peirce Nathan Peirce
Dec 6, 2019 5

I'm new to escape rooms, but went to 3 at NC Escape, and they seem really well made. Electronics, mechanisms, hidden stuff, fun themes, good props. Very worth the price!

Photo of Jordan Weinstein Jordan Weinstein
Dec 1, 2019 5

Awesome! I've done about 5 escape rooms, and this was among the best. Did the Brewery Heist with a large group with an age range of 8-75, and it was really great. The room was really well done - great attention to detail, and very cool atmosphere. Everyone contributed, and the puzzles were challenging! Highly recommended.

Photo of Ariana Dicks Ariana Dicks
Nov 27, 2019 5

Had a blast solving the Brewery room with 4 people. The staff was really awesome and got us in with almost no notice. My friends and I had played an at home "escape game" and after a bottle of wine each we thought we would put our skills to the real test. We called up NC Escape and walked right over. Love that the game is in private groups and is tough, but not impossible. Can't wait to do the attic!

Photo of Suzanne Phillips Suzanne Phillips
Oct 30, 2019 5

Coming from very frequent Escapers, we LOVED it. Excellent room!!- great use of theme, beautifully designed- clever puzzles-Excellent central location in Durham. Great hosting, Monica!! We loved the alien room, will come back for the others!

Photo of Laura Kieler Laura Kieler
Nov 9, 2019 5

We had a fantastic time with the Brewery Heist game. The room was challenging with plenty of fun surprises to make the escape that much more fun. We will definitely return to try another!

Photo of Kimmaree Horvath Kimmaree Horvath
Oct 27, 2019 5

I booked this experience for my husband’s birthday. From the first phone call to the actual experience, the folks at N.C. Escape were very helpful. It was a reasonable cost, and we definitely appreciated being able to have the room to ourselves. We did the Alien Encounter room, and we had SO MUCH FUN!! It was very age appropriate and just the right level of difficulty. It definitely took our collective minds to solve the numerous puzzles. We are looking forward to coming back!

Photo of Angela Walter Angela Walter
Sep 14, 2019 5

NC Escape is Awesome!!! We’ve done several escape rooms in this area and the Beer Escape Room at NC Escape is one of the best!! Thank you for a terrific time - we had a group in last Monday, all volunteers from around the country who had one day together for bonding and fun - this was the perfect way to kick off our day. Thank you!

Photo of Teagan Teagan
Oct 4, 2019 5

A group of friends and I finally went to an escape room and I'm glad NC Escape was the first one we went to! Very interesting/surprising clues in the Brewery Room and worth the price. I can't wait to come back!

Photo of Garrett Clement Garrett Clement
Aug 31, 2019 5

Had an awesome time for my first Escape Room experience! Everything, from the main lobby to the bathroom to the actual puzzle room was extremely clean and well taken care of. The employees were extremely friendly and Teri was an awesome room host. The location was situated nicely in downtown Durham, but probably easy to miss if you're not familiar with the area. There were only two of us playing, but they had a room ready to go that was designed for two to five people to solve. They have a few options to choose from and another room on the way! I'll definitely try to fit this back into my itinerary on my next visit to Durham!

Photo of Shelby Matlock Shelby Matlock
Oct 5, 2019 5

SUPER FUN ESCAPE ROOM! My friends and I did Brewery Heist and had a great time. There were twists and turns and secret rooms. This place is under new management and they are so nice. Shout out to the Game Master, Monica!

Photo of Erica Whitfield Erica Whitfield
Aug 7, 2019 5

I've gone to 2 other escape rooms in the triangle and this just might be #1. We did The Attic with 2 players and finished with time left. The puzzles make you think, but they make sense and aren't impossible. I've been to an escape room locally where the puzzle, even when explained, didn't even make sense. The room was nicely done and had some cool tricks. The jumps were fun. I can't wait to do another room there when we find some people. I do wish there was another room we could do with just 2 people. It's easier when me and my husband are on a date night alone. They don't come in the room to give you clues, they use an iPad in the room, and I find this saves time. They will give you clues that you don't ask for if they see you've been working for a while, but I think you can decline those before you go in or just don't look at the iPad until you're ready. Megan was great and the other girl was encouraging. Looking forward to returning!

Photo of Rosalie Mackiewicz Rosalie Mackiewicz
Sep 29, 2019 5

This is a great place for a hot or rainy day activity! When you are looking for something different to do this is it! Monica was great and provided such an awesome experience. She was beyond helpful! We completed the attic room which was awesome! You really had to think and collaborate to move throughout the puzzle and it provided some screams and jumps along the way. This will definitely be added to our list of favorite activities in the area!

Photo of Kristin Mccormick Kristin Mccormick
Jul 29, 2019 5

We have been to 3 of their escape rooms in Wilmington (greenlight escapes) and they are by far our favorite. And we have done 10 so far! Found out they were open and decided to visit...we did the ATTIC as we had done the brewery heist (my most favorite room ever) and we had a blast! Love that it is always private booking and they are so friendly! A must!

Photo of Aidan Salmeron Aidan Salmeron
Jul 31, 2019 5

Lauren and Monica were super cool! Gave us a great experience. The room was super intriguing, awesome concept and never lacking in tons of fun. Will definitely be sure to visit again.

Photo of Kathryn Pierrynowski Kathryn Pierrynowski
Jul 27, 2019 5

Loving the new rooms. Can't wait to play them all. Teri was great though we didn't need her because we solved the brewery heist without any hints!

Photo of Lynn Raugh Lynn Raugh
Jul 27, 2019 5

This was my first escape room- it was awesome! Had a blast solving the puzzles! Highly recommend! Ask if Teri is working, she was a great game master. Can’t wait to come back to try another!

Photo of Chris Stevens Chris Stevens
Jul 6, 2019 5

Amazing! The best escape game in Durham, technological puzzles and clever devices. So good so good, so friggin good!! And BTW....Terri rocks!

Photo of Myklynn La Point Myklynn La Point
Jan 12, 2019 5

My group of 4 did the study!!! All of us have participated in one escape room in the past so we had a good understanding of what to expect. A lot of the puzzles were really creative, making it even more fun. We will definitely be back! The staff was great, as well. We ended up being about 10 minutes late to our scheduled time due to trying to find parking on a busy Friday night in downtown, but they were super accommodating and understanding!

Photo of Olivia Lattanzi Olivia Lattanzi
Apr 20, 2019 5

This was my first escape room experience and I had a BLAST! Staff was so nice and the room was a great starter room for a group who have never been before. I can’t wait to go back and try the room that they just opened!

Photo of Jonathan DeFoto Jonathan DeFoto
Apr 13, 2019 5

New ownership and you can definitely tell the amount of work they are putting into the rooms. We have done all of the rooms and have been impressed. Highly recommended Brewery Heist!! It’s their new room, and the quality and thought put into the room was impressive!

Photo of Justin Webb Justin Webb
Apr 21, 2019 5

My group won tickets to check out the newest room, Brewery Heist, and we were not disappointed. The newest room is the brainchild of the the new owners and you can really see they are passionate about room design. The room was well thought out with a good combination of puzzle types to keep you engaged the whole time. The clue delivery system was unique, to my group at least. After beating the room and setting a new record we spent about a half hour talking with the owners, who were super cool. We look forward to new rooms coming to this location.

Photo of Anthony Simpson Anthony Simpson
May 7, 2022 5

We did the alien themed escape. Great afternoon with the family, just barely escaped. 10/10 would recommend and we will be back again!!!

Photo of Carol Viegas Carol Viegas
May 18, 2022 5

Such a fun team building activity! Best escape room I’ve been to. Emily was awesome!

Photo of Pinaki Bose Pinaki Bose
May 20, 2022 5

Fun rooms, clear instructions, attentive staff. The rooms are clean. Had a great time here with family!

Photo of Rebecca Daumen Rebecca Daumen
Apr 10, 2022 5

We have done lots of escape rooms in the past but this was our first time at NC Escapes. We had a great time and the room was a lot of fun. Emily was a great game master.

Photo of Mirty Soto Rosario Mirty Soto Rosario
Jun 19, 2022 5

Great family experience at NC Escape Room! Well designed room, interactive and lots of fun! Staff (Megan) was also very helpful and supportive. Highly recommend!

Photo of George Murdison George Murdison
Jul 1, 2022 5

So freaking fun. Emily was a 🔥🔥🔥🔥 game master, we did the Attic, which felt like a certain Resident Evil 8 level and baaaaarely made it. Absolute blast! Def coming back.

Photo of Jessica Dick Jessica Dick
Mar 19, 2022 5

Super awesome time! Great atmosphere and very friendly staff 😊

Photo of Mandi Kaye Sorensen Mandi Kaye Sorensen
Jul 16, 2022 5

The Attic was so much fun! The anticipation of the "mild jump scares" was way more scary than the jump scares themselves. We did that to ourselves! Well played, NC Escape.

Photo of Jesse Eledath Jesse Eledath
Jul 24, 2021 5

Quite fun. Not ridiculously easy but also not to difficult.

Photo of Samuel “BatSam” Heinen Samuel “BatSam” Heinen
Aug 1, 2022 5

Lots of fun! Couple of good jump scares. Thank you Game Master Emi!

Photo of Marissa Minnick Marissa Minnick
Aug 15, 2022 5

Huge thank you to NC Escape Rooms for hosting Discovery Charter School for our team building exercise. Our staff had a great time and absolutely enjoyed the fun challenge of escaping our rooms! Directions were clearly explained prior to entering our rooms and the rooms were engaging. A great place to visit if you’re in downtown Durham.

Photo of Caroline Smith Caroline Smith
Aug 22, 2022 5

My husband took me for my birthday, along with our two teenage girls and a friend. We had such a great time, almost unexpectedly. We knew it would be enjoyable but we didn't know how involved we would all be. We had to work together (along with a few clues from Emi) but solved the case and escaped the room. It made for great birthday memories.

Photo of Melissa Fritcher Melissa Fritcher
Aug 21, 2022 5

My wife took me for the attic (2 player)for my birthday. It was the right level of difficulty for our first escape room and so much fun. We are making plans to go again soon. Highly recommended for groups with all skill levels.