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Escape Room Geeks - “The Gilded Carcanet”

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Company: Escape Room Geeks

Game: The Gilded Carcanet

Country: USA 🇺🇸

Language: English

Type of Game: DIY Escape Kits 🖨️✂

Genre: Adventure

Date Played: December 30, 2023

Difficulty (based on 1 player): 7/10

Size of Team: Unlimited (Recommend 1-4 ppl)

Time: Unlimited (Approx. 90-120 Mins)

Price: $29.00 USD


Embark on an adventure with Professor Barty and Oscar Quin as an old friend reaches out from Istanbul. Follow the clues, solve puzzles, and unravel the mystery to uncover what your friend was searching for and where they have disappeared to.

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This was a print and play game. When I printed it out, the color and art was superb. Similar to a comic book, this game had some beautiful artwork.

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Starting the game off, the first few documents provided clear instructions on the setup and how to play. Some nice touches were the clear legend on what the different symbols on each page meant such as what needed to be cut, folded, or discarded. (Make sure to have scissors on hand) Additionally, the inventive formatting where the game was printed out in reverse, allowed for flipping pages face down to prevent accidentally spoiling parts of the game.

The extraordinary artwork elevated the game and made it more immersive in the experience. The game narrative was like a comic book, with each page presenting a puzzle that the main characters had to solve. Once solved, I utilized their unique answer checker to confirm the answer. Make sure to follow the notes on top, guiding you on which pages to keep and which ones to discard, as you may require elements and clues from earlier on in the game to solve some later puzzles.

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The puzzles were quite challenging and blended into the narrative nicely. The “adults only” rating was definitely warranted. They had a variety of puzzles from ciphers, assembling and matching. What stood out for me was the creativity in taking some common puzzles and putting a twist to them to make them their own.

The hint system was well done. The hints were teired and on separate pages so you wouldn’t accidentally see too many at the same time and at the end, a very comprehensive walkthrough of each puzzle. One thing that really stood out was their unique solution checker which was clever in how it was set up. It was something I have never seen before.

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"The Gilded Carcanet" was an excellent print and play adventure that was easy to set up and stimulating to play. The puzzles were the right amount of challenging and was blended into the narrative seamlessly. I played on my own for this one but feel a group of 4 could enjoy this easily. For more people, you could also print Additional copies of the game, allowing everyone to work on their own copy simultaneously. Fans of Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones or anyone who loves a comic style game would enjoy this one. The ending and foreshadowing was intriguing, setting things up for what is hopefully more to come.


(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)

Disclosure: We thank Escape Room Geeks 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.

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