Updated: Nov 21
Videos/ Photos provided by clueQuest
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: DIY Escape Kits
Date Played: 10/22/2020
Size of Team: Unlimited
Price: £15 | Print @ Home, £25 | Print & Post
Game: Halloween: Survival Escape Training
Genre: Comedy Horror
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7/10
This game came right in time for Halloween. Who wouldn't want to know how to handle cunning vampires, creepy creatures and hungry zombies when you encounter them this weekend?
We've played all 3 of clueQuest's Print + Cut + Escape game series before so we're quite familiar with the design style. This game ran on the same portal over the website and came with an attached PDF for print and cut. It was quite refreshing to have a new story line that wasn't a continuation of Professor Blacksheep and Agent Hammerschmidth (but we love them and are patiently waiting for their return).
As always, definitely print out the pages before pressing the "start" button on the website. A timer will began counting down immediately once you press that button (although there's no limit as to when you'll need to finish the game but if you are competitive, you probably would want to work quickly for that victory screenshot at the end). There were about 20+ pages but some puzzles were able to be visualized over the PDF file so if you wanted to save paper, perhaps see what are the pages that are definitely necessary for printing.
In this adventure, you'll encounter puzzles that'll allow you to identify who's a real vampire, piece together a "broken" mind, find out who turned who into a Zombie, and learn to speak like a Zombie. There were a lot of puzzles we felt like we're playing a game of Tangram. If you are lucky to surpass all of these obstacles, there'll be a final exam waiting for you. As usual, the artwork was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the humor in the videos. For anyone who's worried about how scary this game is from a scale of 1-10, it's probably a 1 at most? The end scene earned that scare credit from me. It's definitely more on the comedic side rather than horror. So I would say this is also a game choice that could be enjoyed by kids along with their kids game "timeQuest" below.
Game: timeQuest Kids
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Difficulty (based on 1 player): 6.5/10
Suggested age(s): 8-13
Too cute! I've always been a fan of clueQuest's artworks for their "Print + Cut + Escape" games but these characters in this kids game were extra adorable! I couldn't even hate on the Supervillains (the Early birds who were the youngest ever member of the Supervillain Organization of the World). Although we couldn't just let them be either so as team members of timeQuest, we had to stop these juvenile villains from causing a catastrophic time paradox that would ultimately destroy the world.
The format of the game was played the same way as all of their other "Print + Cut + Escape" games. You'll need to download a PDF file and precut what you need (there was a good amount of cutting for a kids game so be prepared for some arts and craft moments) and when everything is ready to go, press the "start" button on the game portal on the internet. You'll get the amazing animated videos (which would definitely capture the attention from the kids) as you solve each chapter of the puzzles. These videos could easily become a cartoon series. There were essentially 3 chapters in the game and the characters will take you through different eras in history all over the world. We always enjoy time travel themes. Although most of the time I would hate to suggest color in print and cuts, we felt like this game needed some to make the character come to life on paper. And since this is a kids game, color would probably make them feel more engaged. But the animated videos were in color so at least you'll see them come to life there! Although this is categorized as a kids game, it's definitely considered more on the difficult side in terms of puzzles from the one's we've played before. We would strongly suggest adult participation for this game. But who knows? We've definitely encountered puzzles where we just couldn't see the solution but a kid would come over and point out the solution right away. Are you ready to be challenged by your kid? Good luck!
(If you do decide to try this experience, give us a shoutout or tag us on social media so we know you heard it from "ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank clueQuest for providing us with a sample of the game. Although complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.
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