Professor Puzzle - "Escape from Dead Town" & "Escape from the Casino of Chaos"
Updated: Jan 9
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Company: Professor Puzzle
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: Puzzles By Mail 📬
Date Played: 11/11/2020
Size of Team: 1-4 Players (Ages: 12+)
Time: 45 Minutes (Suggested)
Read our review on their "Escape Room Game" series HERE.
Game: Escape from Dead Town
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7.5/10
It's been 42 hours since the outbreak and it seems like our only way out is to get to the military extraction point. We should be safe there since it's a zombie-free zone. Will we be able to make it with these mindless fresh-eating zombies roaming on the streets?
Although this box is much smaller in comparison to their normal game boxes, it's still made with quality. The game box flips open allowing easy access to the contents inside and closes tightly after use. Inside you'll find instruction booklet with background story, a town map, 4 puzzle envelopes, and an exit booklet.
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You can play this game collaboratively or competitively. If you want to play collaboratively, open the game envelopes and solve all the puzzles together and come up with an agreed solution for each of the envelopes. If you want to play competitively, you should each take a puzzle envelope and do the puzzles separately. You may come up with different answers which will ultimately lead you to choose different exits. There are 12 exits in total and only one leads to safety. It could be fun to see who's the last survivor. We started off playing as separate teams but decided to combine our brain powers and finished the game as a team. Although we chose the right door, our curiosity compelled us to look under all the doors. It was nice to know we were able to escape from the other 11 horrible death scenarios.
There were a mixture of puzzle types in this game (strategy, Math, "search and find" and construction). Although this game should only take about 45 minutes, it will depend heavily on your strengths. We are not so great with strategy puzzles so ultimately way longer and had to eventually use a hint to move on. The Math puzzle in our opinion wasn't as easy as we thought it would be either. We did breeze through the other two puzzles as it was more of our forte.
The size and packaging of this game is great for people who wants to bring something on the go. Although we did enjoy the storyline, graphics and ending concept, we were not really into the puzzle types. This could be a personal preference but it just seems like it's missing something from the theme. It would be great to feel more of a connection between the story and the puzzle design. Perhaps we're waiting for that final zombie attack!
Game: Escape from the Casino of Chaos
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 5.5/10
As we assembled our best heist team, it's time to head down to Chaos Casino to try to attempt to steal the world's largest diamond, the Hope Rock! will we be able to find the blind spot on the security cameras which will allows us to safely exit with the diamond at the end?
The packaging is the same as the above game so refer to the top for more details. In this game, you'll receive 4 puzzle envelopes, a casino floor plan, an instruction booklet and an exit booklet.
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The concept of the game play is the same as "Escape From Dead Town" so please refer to the above review for more details. The graphics for this game was pretty awesome. You're able to experience almost all of the games you'll probably see at a casino (roulette, cards, and even slots!). Like the previous game, you'll have 12 options to chose from but only one will allow you to escape safely.
These puzzles had more visualization components and were on an easier level than Dead Town (although we still had to use hints for one of them). Knowing a little bit about poker gave us a slight upper hand on the card puzzle but you can easily solve it by studying the rules. The slot machine puzzle was quite clever as it incorporated deduction but also was able to capture the functionality of an actual slot machine.
We enjoyed these puzzles much more than "Dead Town". They were a lot closer to the story line and added the entertainment factor that you'll get from playing at a casino. It was easier to understand and had a better flow. If you enjoy these games from Professor puzzle, they do have another one in the series that we haven't tried called "Escape From the Mall". It's great that they've created so many different themes for this series since if zombies is not your cup of tea, you can easily go for a heist or shopping!
Check out our interview with the creators to understand more on the development side of these game:
(If you do decide to try this game, give us a shoutout or tag us on social media so we know you heard it from "ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Professor Puzzle 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.