Mattel has announced that they will be releasing a board game version of an escape the room adventure, Escape Room in A Box: The Werewolf Experiment.
This was on Kickstarter last year and had initial fulfillment to backer this year in the weeks leading up to Gen Con.
“We are continuing to expand our games business with on-trend and relevant games, and Escape Room in A Box is the latest addition to the growing Mattel Games portfolio,” said Ray Adler, Senior Director, Global Games at Mattel. “We know that in a digitally focused world, consumers are gravitating toward social game play. This new introduction brings friends and families together to re-create the thrill captured in the entertainment experience.”
The Werewolf with give a group of players one hour to solve a series of puzzles, crack some codes and find some hidden clues in time to stop the plot of a mad scientist. As soon as the box has been opened players will have been exposed to a virus that will turn them into werewolves. Players will then have one hours to complete 19 puzzles and find the codes to open the three locks and escape the virus.
Players will be able to connect to the Amazon Alexa to track time, ask questions for clues and play a soundtrack for the game.
Mattel’s escape room in a box will be released in retail in the fall of 2017.
Legacy of Escape Games
Escape Room style games have become extremely popular in recent years. Mattel noted in their press release that 13.4 million people in the US alone participated in escape rooms. Kosmos Exit series of games adaptation of escape rooms for board game players was the winner of the 2017 Kennerspiel des Jahres.