This is our first foray into reviewing escape room games for the home. Designed to be played in the comfort of your living room, these games are perfect for any puzzle lover who just cannot get enough game play. Although electronic escape games have a much longer history, we have noticed that board game type escape games are becoming increasingly popular and more now than ever are available for purchase in stores and through online retailers such as Amazon. We have played a few of these types of games over the past year but this review specifically examines the Unfinished Case of Holmes by iDventure.
The Unfinished Case can be played as a physical game available for purchase on Amazon or as a digital game available through the iDventure website, on the App store, or on Google Play. The storyline is that archaelogists have discovered a mysterious letter addressed to the former owners of the house that you now rent. You have to uncover a series of documents found in the attic of the house. The letters and the documents reveal a hundred year old mystery that only you can solve.
The puzzles were laid out in a logical fashion with the game flow proceeding clearly from the hints provided. The puzzles varied in type allowing us each to play to our strengths as we alternated in tackling each one. We struggled on the first few puzzles but the online hint system helped us navigate through our troubles. Either the puzzles were exceptionally difficult for us or we were just slow in solving them on that particular day. Though it took us over an hour to solve, we did eventually discover the solution to the Unfinished Case of Holmes.
Clearly a lot of work went into the design of the game pieces. We enjoyed the beautiful Victorian-themed design of the puzzle pieces that fit particularly well with the storyline. The game creators were also thoughtful about the packaging. The physical kit came packaged neatly in a compact envelope that was especially convenient compared to other home escape games that tend to be bulky and annoying to store once the game was finished.
If you want the fun of an escape game without the hassle of booking reservations, traveling across town, or playing with strangers, we definitely recommend you check out iDventure games.
Samurai Espionage: The Shogun's life is under imminent threat from an assassin and as loyal samurai warriors we had to protect our master at all costs.
Pros: Having only just arrived in Tokyo, we were delighted to find an English language escape game we could play near our hotel. Jet-lag severely impeded our game play which was slow and not methodical. However, the set was decorated to theme and the props and puzzles quickly put us in a samurai mood. We enjoyed each puzzle and took the time to ask for hints when we had difficulty locating some very tricky hidden hints and clues.
Cons: Some of the puzzles were difficult to assemble and delayed us quite a bit. We escaped in the end but only with the game master's kind intervention.
We wish we had time to play more games at Tokyo escape hunt. Check it out when in town!
Cover photo taken at Countdown Live .
We are escape room fanatics who have played over 370 games in the U.S. and Europe. We love the art of escapology and we wanted to share our adventures in playing room escapes with you!
Rooms Played: 370