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Company: PALACESPHERE (by Palace Games)
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Online Puzzle Game
Date Played: 8/22/2020
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 6.5/10
Size of Team: 3-4 Players (Recommended)
Time: 1-2 Hours (Approximately)
Price: $20.00/ pp (Unlimited Group size)
If you are a fan of "Palace of Destiny" (a free online puzzle adventure by Palace Games), you'll want to continue your journey to "The Ruby Palace". The interface is pretty much the same in terms of entering a room that has a few other rooms with a common theme. You'll need to combine the clues in all the rooms to unlock the door with a password in order to continue on to the next room. There's a self guided hint system if you get stuck. There were definitely a few added surprises in "The Ruby Palace" that we haven't seen in "Palace of Destiny".
When we received a mysterious letter from a long lost relative, we were very excited to be invited to visit the Ruby Palace. Of course we had to invite some friends to join us. I was able to register my team through the Game Admin Portal (GAP) with our game code. This allowed me to register my teammate's names, emails and set a time and date for them to join in on the game. Since we had a group of 4, we divided our team to team A and B. Each team could have a leader and we could chose to either work collaboratively or competitively. We played the game on a video conferencing platform collaboratively. Each teammate received an invite in their email and when we were all ready, we pressed "PLAY" together. The game was synced in the sense that once a teammate entered a password, the door would open for the rest of the teammates.
We were able to roam around in the palace in various locations at the same time. This really helped with certain puzzles that included clues in different rooms. The few differences between this game and the free game was that we didn't have to use Google for outside knowledge, we were able to interact with each other for certain puzzles and the story line was more defined. Our favorite puzzle wasn't actually one that needed solving or deciphering. We really enjoyed this particular puzzle that felt like a Charades game and instantly bought laughter to our game. We hope to see more of those types of "puzzle" being put into this game since on this digital platform, there's no limit to team size and it would be really fun if the entire team could participate in an aspect of a puzzle.
The puzzle difficulty level actually felt easier than the puzzles in the free game. It took us around 56 minutes to complete the game. Perhaps it's more gear towards the general public since we could totally envision large corporate companies utilizing this platform for team building. It's very easy to form teams for departments and see who would win the competition as each game has their own internal leader board. The Ruby Palace is just the first in the Jewel Series by Palace Games. We can't wait to see how they would develop the stories and the different rooms in The Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond Palace!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank PALACESPHERE (by Palace Games) for providing us with samples of the game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.