Even before the leader of the group could finished reading the intro, the team was already hard at work on the first puzzle. They started passing around the remaining puzzles, grasping at ones they thought they quickly crack, or searching for clues hidden in the box. Each of them knew that they only had an hour to get the antidote before turning into werewolves. But honestly, they seem to be having too much fun with the puzzles to be concerned over their next bath coming with a flea dip.
We had talked about Escape Room in a Box before on the site, but this would be our first hands on experience. Diving into the box by yourself loses a bit of the magic. Instead, we gathered a team together, ranging from escape room rookies to the most seasoned of escape room veterans. With the stage set and the box in place, they would have an hour to dig through every scrap of paper and every note to figure out how to not become a part of a growing werewolf army.
The group started out talkative as clues were read out and general exchanges took place. But then as if by magic, they all started to silently work on their own puzzles. Each person found something to do and no one took over all the puzzles. As each clue came together, they found more puzzles to solve, boxes to open, and projects to keep them all busy. An ebb and flow of conversation kept puzzle pieces and pens moving the whole time.
Even with the box at hand, we didn’t truly dive into the full experience. Each box comes along with a party planner to help you create the right atmosphere and treats for your friends. Since the start of their Kickstarter, backers managed to unlock an hour long mixtape to help you keep track of time, along with a forum for you to visit to brag about your final time. With restockable elements and a script to turn you into the evil scientists, the developers are hoping that this could be the center of many of your parties to come.
The final moments of the puzzle were filled with hurried discovery, laughter, and a final reveal. Even with a couple of missteps and one peek into the hint book (just one), everyone walked away with a smile on their face. What started out as a small box quickly filled the table with papers, puzzles, and a couple of other objects you’ll need to really get your hands on to believe. With the last few days of the Kickstarter about to end, now is the perfect time to check it out.
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