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The Curious Correspondence Club - "Chapter V: Serpents of the Sand"

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Company: The Curious Correspondence Club

Game: Chapter V: Serpents of the Sand

Country: USA 🇺🇸

Language: English

Type of Game: Puzzles By Mail 📬

Genre: Mystery

Date Played: 2/7/21

Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7.5/10

Size of Team: Unlimited (Age 12+)

Time: Unlimited (Suggested: 60-90 Minutes)

Price: $21.95 (free shipping in North America); Monthly Subscription: $19.95/Yearly Subscription: $179

Read our review on Chapter I Here, Chapter II Here, Chapter III Here, and Chapter IV Here,


Our journey this time took us into an ancient temple. our new friend (guardian angel?) Millie, provided us with her father's journal. This should help us uncover the next artifact.


Chapter V came packaged in the same style as the previous games. You'll receive the backstory inside the envelope so open with care. Inside the envelope, you'll discover a torn journal page, a field journal, a field guide page, Millie's Note paper, 4 dig site photographs, a reversible ruin mat, 4 reversible stone tiles and a excavation trowel.


You'll need to be a good reader and instruction follower for this game. Most of the game play will depend on how well you can understand the journal. Mille's father has left instructions on what he has discovered inside the temple. You'll be following his footsteps to discover which spots are the right ones to dig and how to interpret the findings.

The Curious Correspondence Club is great at creating innovative "gadgets" from paper. This time the cool little shovel and the scratch offs really gave us that "digging" sensation (although we still ended up using a coin as it didn't quite do the job but we still appreciated the idea).


Since there are 4 sacred sections you'll need to explore in this temple, there will repetitive steps you will have to take to solve some of the puzzles. If you are confused on how to start, we strongly suggest looking at the hints. Once you're on the right path, come back and repeat the steps for the other sections of the puzzles. This was definitely a challenging chapter so don't be shy on taking hints. There were several steps you'll have to take before reaching a solution. Since the puzzles were linear, if you started with the wrong idea, you won't be able to continue with the journey. When we finally realized how everything worked together, we're impressed by the thought process behind the puzzle maker.


The Curious Correspondence Club loves to let the players build their own playing grounds and this time was no exception. We constructed our own temple map, excavated the marked spots, and figured out the meanings behind the sacred shrine and symbols. These clues eventually led us to the artifact. The journey was definitely not an easy one but who said retrieving artifact was going to be an easy job? We finally have 5 in our hands now. Where could the 6th one be?

(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 The Curious Correspondence Club 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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