Escape Party - "The Crypt" & "Captain Kidd's Treasure"
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
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Company: Escape Party
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: DIY Escape Kit ✂🖨️
Size of Team: Unlimited
Game: The Crypt
Date Played: 8/28/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 8.5/10
We've just entered an ancient crypt dated back to the early 20th century. As we decided to follow the steps of the great explorer Christian Stapleton and investigate this haunted crypt, the door closed behind us...
After you purchase the game, you would receive 2 PDF files. One was the hint/answer sheet (also available on their website) and the other was the puzzle documents. We really only needed to print 3 -4 pages out of the entire PDF and since the graphics were in black and white, it didn't waste much ink at all. Most of the puzzles were all multi-step puzzles. Even though there were only 5 sets of puzzles, they were by no means easy to get through. We liked how the hint system was designed in a way where the player could chose how detailed they wanted the reveal to be. There were three levels of hint reveals: easy, medium and difficult. And if you still needed help after the final clue, you could use their detailed answer option.
Each puzzle set started off with an introduction story. Each time when we solved a puzzle, it felt like we've unlocked a door to go onto the next section. This definitely gave us an escape room vibe. It would've been great if the game had a recommended music playlist to go along with the creep catacomb atmosphere. If you like multi-step puzzles with pattern recognition, deduction, math etc., you'll need to pay a visit to "The Crypt".
Gaining your composure, you reach for your torches and start to look around, there must be another way out…
Game: Captain Kidd's Treasure
Date Played: 8/28/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7/10
It's the year 1699 and we've found ourselves in Port Royal in the Caribbean islands. There we met up with Captain Kidd and he seemed to have stashed away a huge fortune somewhere. Hopefully we'll be able to find it and get out of this dangerous life of piracy forever!
Once the game is purchased, you'll receive PDF files instructing you on how to set up the game (as an escape room at your own home), hint website and color documents that you'll need to print out. Other than the written transcript, an intro video was also provided to start the party. The puzzles were embedded through the diary that Captain Kidd had left for us. As we go through crosswords, decryption, search and find, mazes, jigsaw, etc, we were ultimately led to the meta puzzle. Since the graphics revealed different types of locks, it made us feel like we were actually going through an escape room adventure. We didn't actually set up the "party" in our apartment but it could easily be done with the components the game had provided. The final puzzle was also quite interesting as it felt like a game on its own. Although this game is designed for kids, it was still quite challenging. This could be a fun competition for you and your kids to see who can solve the puzzles quicker!
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Disclosure: We thank Escape Party for providing us with samples of these games. Although complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.