Letterjoy - "Dear Holmes - The Moravcevic Case" & "Dear Holmes - Margate Museum Case"
Updated: Feb 22
Photos provided by Letterjoy
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Puzzles By Mail 📬
Genre: Mystery, History
Date Played: 2/10/2021
Price: $49.99 for 3 month/ $99.99 for 6 month/ $158.99 yearly
Size of Team: Unlimited
Time: Unlimited (Approx. 10-15min per letter depending no your reading speed. If contain puzzles, might be longer)
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Each monthly subscription includes 5 letters that you'll receive weekly. This will complete one storyline. Each letter comes in an envelope with a real stamp. If there's a puzzle that needs to be solved, you'll receive a solution "reveal" in the next week's letter. Each week's letter will reveal more of the storyline. The final letter will give you a "case solved" explanation.
Game: Dear Holmes: The Moravcevic Case
Watson has been approached by a strange man named Moravcevic. He has important information he wants Watson to pass onto Sherlock that might pertain to the war at hand. But maybe there's more to the message?
The first three letters contained a secret message that we had to decode. You might need to use Google if you are not familiar with the format. You won't be able to find out if you got the right solution or not until the next letter. Each letter "reveals" a bit about the previous. In the fourth letter, you'll receive a big hint on how to decode the secret message in the first three letters. If you still don't have a clue on how to solve it, the final letter gives you a detailed explanation of the solution.
Game: Dear Holmes - Margate Museum Case
Artifacts have started to magically disappear at the Margate Museum. The curator contacted Sherlock because he doesn't want to lose his job. Is this really a case of the paranormal or something else entirely?
There's no actual puzzles in this monthly mystery. It's more like a game of Clues. You'll have to use the information given in each week's letters to come up with the culprit, motive and how the crime was performed. Each week more details about the case and characters will be introduced. The final letter will give a full explanation on how Sherlock crack the case.
The cool thing about Letterjoy is that the letters you've received are all reproduction of real historical letters (or telegrams) written by these legendary figures and eloquent eyewitnesses. As I read the letters, I was visually taken back to the 1800-1900s (although some mysteries even goes back to the 1600s). Don't be expecting tons of puzzles in these mysteries as it's not that type of game. It's more like reading a mystery novel that will hook you as soon as you read the first chapter (letter). If I was subscribed to the monthly mystery, I would rather wait for all 5 letters to arrive. I'm the type of person who likes to binge a show rather than waiting a week for a new episode. If you love history and want a different perspective on how its told to you, check out Letterjoy!
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Disclosure: We thank Letterjoy 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.