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Scarlet Envelope - "GAME III. Distress Call from Outer Space"

Updated: Dec 13, 2023



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Company: Scarlet Envelope

Game: GAME III. Distress Call from Outer Space

Country: Canada 🇨🇦

Language: English

Type of Game: Tabletop Games 📬

Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi

Date Played: June 18, 2021

Difficulty (based on 2 players): 8/10

Size of Team: Unlimited

Time: Unlimited

Price: $25 CAD/Monthly


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It is the year 2220. You've received a distress call from a Martian spy and it seems like someone is planning something really evil. There could be a war that's about to breakout between Mars and Earth. It's up to you to stop this disaster and save humankind.


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When we first opened the envelope, we were surprised to find that the entire game consisted of only a business card, a "ruler", a transparency, and a galaxy map. We discovered rather quickly that there's a lot more to the game than meets the eye. As indicated by the storyline, we are based in a futuristic world that's full of advance technologies, of course a lot of game play will be done online. The answer submission and hints/solution were all communicated through a chat bot.


The narrative really reminded us of shows like "Star Trek"/"Star War". It felt like we were traversing through space and having to make decisions like finding landing coordinates, how to operate weapons and intercept/decode encrypted messages.


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Some of the puzzles were pretty challenging in this game. The fonts were quite small on the images so a magnifying glass can definitely help for people with bad eyesight (*ahem* Brandon). I had to complete most of the ones that required "close encounters". At one point during the game, you will need a scissor. One of the hints for a puzzle confused us with the wording. I think without the hint it would actually be clearer.


We loved how Scarlet Envelope was able to interweave the puzzles with the storyline and you'll know exactly when your paper materials will come into play. It's a great way to connect the virtual world to the real world.


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It's been awhile since we've played a game from Scarlet Envelope and we definitely saw a lot of improvements in their quality. The professional voice actor's narration at the end felt movie-like. We love the uniqueness to the storyline as this is the first ever outer space conspiracy story we've ever played in tabletop game. We really look forward to the next episodes, especially one the coming up! Detective and serial killer is right up my alley!

 

Check out our interview with the creators to understand more on the development side of the game:


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Disclosure: We thank Scarlet Envelope 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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