Just a short review this time as we have reviewed many of the Exit Games in the past.
This one – The Polar Station – we picked up whilst on our recent camping trip and absolutely loved it! Unlike some of the other Exit Games, this one is not necessarily linear. Rather than following the riddle cards from A -> Z, different combinations are needed for each clue and it isn’t always obvious which ones go together. A more rounded and logical approach is needed.
As always, we needed to use some of the hint cards to help us along the way but managed to solve it in 77minutes and 31 seconds. With 3 help cards, this gave us 6 stars out of 10.
The theming of this game is brilliant if you love a historical, period setting.
This game follows the investigation of a criminal gang on the Starline Express. Following clues that have been left, you solve puzzles which open a series of doors, each leading to a different carriage or section on the train.
An added touch is that each puzzle is available in duplicate which works well if completing this with more than 2 people. Each carriage comes with an optional hint tab. We found that the puzzles were the right level of challenge and we didn’t need to use the hints at all. They all use logic and do not rely on guess work which helps the game to flow well.
As a relatively cheap game in comparison to some of the others on the market, this is good value for money.
These escape room box games are great fun. There are three games in this set which makes it good value for money. Each game is then split into three parts which need to be worked through, each with their own 4 digit code to find. Unlike the Exit games which do not have a time limit, this one gives you only 60 minutes to solve each 3 part game. It mainly makes use of picture clues and decoding puzzles but follows a clear logic.
Another unique aspect of this boxed game is that it comes with the chrono decoder. This works as a timer, holds the decoding information and most importantly, is where the code keys are inserted in order to complete each part of the game.
Overall, I would recommend this game if you are a fan of escape rooms.
Game information: Players: 3-5 Age: 16+ Difficulty rating: varies between games Length: 3 x 60 mins Approximate Price: £30
We discovered Exit games on a slightly disappointing escape room weekend break we had taken. The rooms, which we were really looking forward to, we’re good but did not blow us away and so we were left feeling a bit dissatisfied. At the hotel, they sold Exit games and so we decided to buy one to fill our evening.
Giving ourselves a bit of a baptism of fire, we bought The Catacombs of Horror which is not only a 2 parter (and by definition twice as long) but it also has a high difficulty rating.
We started off quite ambitious and confident but soon realised that it was not going to be as easy as we first thought.
The series gives you hint cards (3 for each clue) in case you get stuck and for the first game, we needed to use a lot! Some of the clues were logical yet difficult; however, I did find that many of the others relied on a lot of guess work about how to solve the problems. This first game we were playing until early hours of the morning.
Since then, we have tried several others and enjoyed them more. This has included The Stormy Flight and The Mysterious Museum. The difficulty ratings have been lower but we have found them to be far more logical and flow much better.
Our favorite so far has been The Haunted Rollercoaster which had a fantastic range of puzzles that made us think outside the box. It also flowed well and used logic meaning we didn’t need to use many hints at all.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these games. Unfortunately, they are one use only as parts of the game are folded or cut but at between £11 and £15, this is affordable as an occasional treat.
We have found that during the Coronavirus lockdown, they have helped to fill a part of the escape room gap.
Game information: Players: 1-4 Age: 10+ Difficulty rating: varies per game Length: 1- 2 hrs (4+ for Catacombs) Approximate Price: £11-£15