Updated: Apr 3
Photo above provided by Epic Escapes
Company: Epic Escapes
Game: Escape Room In A Box (3 in 1): Hijack, Piracy, Crime
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: Puzzles By Mail 📬
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Detective
Date Played: 5/2/21
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 3/10
Size of Team: Unlimited (Recommended size 3-6 Players)
Crime - You're house-sitting for a friend and all was going well until a group of angry people started banging on your door in the middle of the night. To your surprise, your friend actually has a panic room! You try to get out of there after the mob had left but discovered that you've been locked in. You have 60 minutes to figure out the code before the room runs out of oxygen...
Piracy - You're a worker on an oil tanker. You soon realize that your usual captain had gone missing and the new captain is taking you guys on a different course! You have 60 minutes to escape the locked crew quarters as it'll be too late when the ship reaches the port...
Hijack - You've just received intel that somewhere in the world a plane is going to be hijacked. Your team has discovered the hijacker's house and all hope is on you now to discover the targeted plane and to save the passengers.
Epic Escapes uses high quality yet eco friendly material for all of their packaging. They are recyclable and biodegradable. In the box you'll receive 3 large black envelopes with puzzle materials for each storyline, 2 wood boxes (that you can lock up), 1 heavy duty door padlock, 1 book safe, 1 black light, 2 pencils with sharpener, and three 3 digit locks.
Check out our spoiler free unboxing video below:
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There are some DIY escape rooms that have options of allowing you to play at your desk or set up the puzzles around the room. This is not one of them. You'll definitely need a game host for all of the games and all the components of the puzzles, hidden clues and passcodes must be set up in advance for the other players.
Each game pack comes with a very detailed check list, game set up, hint cards, and game master instructions (with solutions explanation). You'll then need to use the provided lock mechanisms to hide the clues in various places in the household.
Since this box provided 3 games with 3 different levels of difficulty (Crime - Easy, Piracy - Intermediate, Hijack - Hard), we started from the easiest game and went up from there. The first two games were pretty effortless. I think for a more advanced puzzler group, you can even consider setting up 2 games back to back. Both of those games had 4 puzzles in total and could be used for beginners who's trying to get familiar with various decoders and ciphers. Hijack had 4 puzzles plus 2 tactile puzzles which took some more time for us to complete. This game is more suitable for enthusiasts in our opinion. There were more logic and deduction puzzles used here (even a sudoku!)
I'm always trying to think of how to make an escape room at home for my other half but I don't know where to start. The instructions that came with this box made it so easy for me to follow. It made me feel like a real game master at an escape room for once. They really thought of everything. The great thing about this game is it's replayable (send them an email if you need replacement parts) and it's reusability (there were instructions on how to reset the locks so you can use it for other games). If you still can't master escape room design after these three games, you can check out their Expansion Packs (coming soon) for £29 each. As long as you have the items from this box, you can keep hosting your own escape rooms at home. I love the concept of replayability and waste prevention for the environment. It's rare to see creators take these two items into consideration when designing games.
From an enthusiasts' perspective, an IRL escape room normally has about 9-10 puzzles on average per game. I like to see a bit more puzzles added to these as it felt like the set up time was longer than the puzzle solving time. For beginners, it's perfect if you like to get a feel of what an escape room is like before booking a IRL experience. What's there to lose? They offer a 100 day satisfaction guarantee program (see their website for more details) in case you didn't enjoy the game.
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Disclosure: We thank Epic Escapes for providing us with a sample of their game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.