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The Detective Society - "Family Adventures"

Updated: Apr 30

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Company: The Detective Society

Game: Family Adventures ("The Missing Potion", "Time Travel Trouble", and "The Smashed Piñata")

Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Language: English

Type of Game: Tabletop Games 📬

Genre: Mystery

Date Played: April 8, 2023

Difficulty (based on 1 adult, 2 children): 6/10

Size of Team: Unlimited (Ages 8+)

Time: Unlimited

Price: £22.99


Family Adventures consists of 3 games:

In “The Missing Potion”, someone has stolen Professor’s Errol invisibility potion. Can you find the potion before the culprit uses it for mischievous purposes?

In “Time Travel Trouble”, a mystical clock that allows time travel has been stolen from the

museum. Can you track down the thief and return the artefacts they have stolen through time?

In “The Smashed Piñata”, Gavin’s piñata has been smashed before the party has even begun.

Can you figure out who the smasher is and why?


Each adventure is contained in its own box, all placed inside a slipcase like a book. Each box has all the contents inside each of them as well as a starting card with a QR code. Scanning the QR code took us to a website to start the adventures.

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The format of each adventure is similar. Scanning the QR code took us to a website with a high-quality video. Playing the video, we met someone who gave us a rundown of the mystery. From there, we were given a link that took us to a messenger app where we could communicate with the person.

The story of each game was just right for the age range. None of them seemed too childish and all of them kept the attention of my kids and engaged in the game. They were humorous, fun, and light heart. The flow of the game was easy to follow as the messenger guided us on what we needed to do as well as progressed the story as we solved more puzzles. One issue we did find was that the hints were not intuitive when playing. Hints will only come up in the messenger when you input an incorrect answer.


The puzzles ranged from deduction, cryptic clues, math and more and there was a lot of tangible things to interact with. Everything was paper but all made of quality stock. These puzzles hit the nail on the head for a game aimed for 8+. They were not too easy that the kids solved them right away but not too difficult that I needed to guide the kids through all of them. My 9-year-old was happy with how many he was able to do on his own. For 3 games, it was nice that none of the puzzles seemed repetitive. Each game also had a nice final puzzle that wrapped up the story nicely.


Playing Family Adventures with my kids, we all had a phenomenal time. The characters, videos and stories were well done and a blast to interact with. The pace of the game and the difficulty of the puzzles were perfect and kept the kids involved the entire time. With the 3 of us playing, we were able to finish each of the games in about an hour. One tip we want to give is that we ended up connecting our laptop to the television, so we all did not have to crowd around the computer screen as well as it gave us plenty of space to solve the puzzles in the living room. This one is an absolute recommend for families with younger kids looking for some puzzle games to solve.


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

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Disclosure: We thank The Detective Society 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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