Updated: Sep 10
Videos/ Photos provided by Wild Optimists
Company: Wild Optimists
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Puzzles By Mail
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Date Played: 9/1/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 4/10
Size of Team: Unlimited
Price: $45.00 for NY ($32.99/pp party of 2, $27.99/pp party of 4)
Vampires have been hiding behind doors for centuries. They finally came up with a clever way to communicate with each other: pizza delivery! The hidden messages will be revealed as you solve the puzzles. Do you have what it takes to join the Fang Force?
The game arrived in a mysterious black box with a sticker that said "Vampire. Pizza" on it. To save you some time and to preserve the pretty packaging, there were no hidden puzzles on the box. There were a bunch of clue papers, a small red paper bag, a "vampires only" envelope, some photos and 2 little drawstring pouches (this changes pending on the number of players). The occasional blood drops on the vintage paper was a nice touch to the story line.
The Game Play
The intro story was delivered to us through a video on a secret website. There's a letter in the "Start Here" envelope that clearly explained the steps we needed to take to solve the game. There was an answer sheet which allowed you to fill in the answers to the 6 mini puzzles. You'll need a final answer to submit into the website. If it's correct, you'll be able to find a conclusion for this chapter. There was a hints & answers booklet provided with the game. The entire game flow was really smooth. There were no frustrating or confusing moments for us on what we needed to do next.
The puzzles were quite easy for veteran puzzlers. Most puzzles were single step problems. There was a mixture of searching, visualization, deduction, etc. Perhaps there was one puzzle that was a bit more challenging than the others. This is a great game for beginner puzzlers and families with kids. Since the puzzles were all non linear, you could definitely divide up the workload.
What we loved about this game was the creativity behind incorporating a meal along with a puzzle box. It would great to be able to not cook and enjoy a nice puzzle night with friends and family. Due to COVID, some areas might not have started the dinner delivery service but soon enough we should be able to see the collaboration of local pizza joints with this game in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and New York. We can't wait to see what this "themed" dinner is all about. Right at the beginning of the game, we had to fill out an agent profile. It was great to be able to transform ourselves to characters in the game. The ending also was quite clever as I'm a "sucker" for arts and crafts. Unknowingly, we became loyal members of the Fang Force (we even have our own "badges" now!). At this time, we eagerly await for instructions on what our mission will be in Chapter 2.
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Wild Optimists 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.