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The Deadbolt Mystery Society - "Merry Mischief"

Updated: Jan 12

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Company: The Deadbolt Mystery Society

Game: Merry Mischief

Country: USA 🇺🇸

Language: English

Type of Game: DIY Escape Kits 🖨️✂

Genre: Mystery

Date Played: December 18, 2023

Difficulty (based on 4 players): 4/10

Size of Team: Unlimited (Recommend 1-4 ppl)

Time: Unlimited (Approximately 1-2 Hrs)

Price: $5.99 USD


It’s the night before Christmas and there is hijinx in the air. Someone has gone and wrecked Santa’s sleigh as well as stolen the catalytic cheer converter. The sleigh can be fixed in time but without the converter, the sleigh won’t be able to fly. With time running out, you need to find out who did it and where the part is, or there will be no Christmas this year.

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This game is a print and play with 16 pages for the game, a booklet for hints and one for solutions. Each page is beautifully designed and is what you would see inside a DMS box, including the introduction story, evidence needed to solve the case and QR codes to progress the story.

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This game follows the same format as the other DMS games you might have seen. First, there is a general introduction sheet that explains the setup. Then you can read a detailed introduction, explaining the story to you as well as telling you where to start and what to look at. To progress through the story, once you solve a puzzle, there will be QRs to scan and input your answer. If you are correct, you will get additional narrative to continue the story.

This game was on the easier side and a little more straight forward than other DMS games we have played, which makes it a perfect game to introduce people to mystery games or a nice filler for an evening. The story was not too complicated and the set up was non-linear which allowed us to divide and conquer. There was also a page to help us keep track of the answers along side the QR codes which was helpful.

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The puzzles were clued well and logical. Each of them was different enough to allow everyone a different solve. Some puzzles required color to solve so make sure to either print the document in color or have it up on your computer. Since the puzzles were easier than most of their other games, the hint system only had one hint for each puzzle, which more or less explained how to complete the solve.

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"Merry Mischief" was a solid mystery game to get us in the holiday spirit. It is one of DMS’ micro mysteries which made it shorter than most of their boxes. It was also on the easier end which made it perfect to introduce new people to these types of mystery games. The puzzles were creative and it had a cute, cheery narrative. We played with 4 veteran puzzle solvers and were able to finish in under an hour. Anyone looking for some holiday cheer or a non-murderous mystery game would really enjoy this one.


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Disclosure: We thank The Deadbolt Mystery Society 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.

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