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Review of Escape Room The Game (NO SPOILERS)

“Escape room game [in a box]” has apparently become the hot new board game genre of 2016. From virtual versions dating as far back as 1988 to real world escape rooms being created around 2006, it seems inevitable that a hybrid version of the concept would find its way into the growing board game hobby. Cooperative puzzle games have always been of great interest to many people and capturing the escape room feeling in a box that can be played anywhere is an exciting evolution.

There are already a handful of “escape room in a box” games available and Escape Room The Game is latest having been released in late 2016 in the USA by Spin Master Games. However, there are a couple key differences that set it apart from the previous games. First of all, Escape Room The Game contains not just a single escape room game, but four different Adventures that have varying difficulties and all look, feel, and play slightly different. Secondly, the game utilizes a unique electronic “Chrono Decoder” around which the game unfolds. It also helps pull the players further into the game so that they are anchored more to the game and the make believe “room” being created rather than arbitrary location where the game is being played. Continue reading

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Castle Panic: Engines of War (expansion review)

Designer: Justin De Witt Publisher: Fireside Games Players: 1-6 Ages: 12+ Playing Time: 60 minutes Review by Mark Jackson on a review copy provided by Fireside Games (4 plays with Engines of War, 5 plays with The Dark Titan, 13 plays … Continue reading

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Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment (SPOILER FREE)

How to play Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment is quite easy; just open the box, read the rules, choose a leader, start a countdown timer, solve the puzzles, open the locks and then win (hopefully). It’s that easy! In all seriousness, setting up the game and learning how to play is very quick and easy since there are only six rules along with a few “Tips for Success.”

Actually playing the game is not quite as easy, but it’s a whole lot of fun! Once the “Rule” panel is removed, the game has started and the clock is ticking… Continue reading

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Castaways

Design by Alberto Corral Published by Passport Game Studios 1 – 4 Players, 2 – 3 hours Review by Greg J. Schloesser From my childhood I remember the old television series Swiss Family Robinson, which portrayed the adventures of a … Continue reading

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12 Realms

Design by Ignazio Corrao Published by mage Company 1 – 6 Players, 1 1/2 – 2 hours Review by Greg J. Schloesser Cooperative games are all the rage, with seemingly a dozen or more released each year.  While there were … Continue reading

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Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Design by Brian Mayer Published by Academy Games 1 – 4 Players, 2 hours Review by Greg J. Schloesser There are some subjects that many game designers feel are taboo, as they are likely to prove far too sensitive for … Continue reading

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