Looks like the current fad among board game themes is the Room Escape Game with many version popping up everywhere from Kickstarter to even mass market shelves. So not to miss out on the trend Asmodee is coming out with their own room escape games called Unlock, with each box of Unlock containing three room escape games of a different theme but similar mechanics. In each scenario box is simply a deck of 60 numbered cards and a few cards labeled as the start cards. In the game you will read and flip over the start card which will give you other numbers in the deck to pull out indicating the things you find around the room. Items you find will be either blue or red, and you can combine blue and red items together to try and unlock chests, solve puzzles, and find new items to use in your escape. Finding out if they actually go together is simple, add the numbers on the card together, and if that card number exists, then that combination works and you get the new card. While this is all happening you will have a phone app running that will act as a timer, provide hints, and also check your final answer with the appropriate time penalties for wrong guesses. Manage to finish the scenario in under 60 minutes and you win!
As a fan of room escape games and the upcoming Kickstarter game 7th Continent, which also has a system of finding different numbered cards through other card combinations, I am all about this game. The first box of Unlock will contain three scenarios, The Formula, Squeek and Sausage, and The Island of Doctor Goorse, and will be on store shelves in the second quarter of 2017. You can check out the preview on Asmodee’s site, which also includes a link to a demo scenario where you can try out the game system before its released.