escape room games

Board & Dice has announced a new title in their line of escape room games, Escape Tales: Low Memory. According to their announcement, the game will be premiered at Spiel 2019.

You need not have played the previous Escape Tales title, Awakening, prior to playing this new version, according to the announcement. The new game features more cards that add more riddles to the game and 3 stories, but only one plot, which features 3 different characters allowing the players to play the game from 3 different perspectives.

In Escape Tales: Low Memory, players are allowed unlimited time on the puzzles, “immersive exploration and a set of hard choices that will immerse you deeply into a riveting story of a cyberpunk future.”

The newest installment in the popular EXIT: The Game series of one-time use escape room style games, The Catacombs of Horror, is coming soon from Thames & Kosmos by returning designers Inka & Markus Brand (Village, Rajas of the Ganges, The Rise of Queensdale) and Ralph Querfurth (also worked on EXIT: The Game – The Sinister Mansion and The Mysterious Museum).

In the Catacombs of Horror, you and up to 3 of your friends will scavenge the puzzling catacombs of Paris, searching for clues within the gloomy crypts in order to try and solve a mystery surrounding the disappearance of one of your friends.

The Catacombs of Horror will be 4.5/5 in the EXIT difficulty scale, and is a double-sized edition presented in two separate parts.

For more information on this upcoming release, click here.

With the new year comes new game announcements, and AbacusSpiele isn’t holding back on theirs.

First on the list is the next game in the 3 Secrets line, this time called Crime Time.  In the 3 Secrets game there is one person who is the informant and knows the truth behind the crime, and it’s up to the rest of the players to question them to get clues.  Get enough clues and you can reveal the 3 secrets and solve the case!  Not much has changed with this new one except for the setting, which this time has you playing time traveling cops, going back in time to solve the mysteries of the time.  This game will be available in February of 2019.

Pearls is a new hand management style game where you are divers trying to dive for the most valuable pearls.  But the more valuable the pearl is, the fewer there are, and when you surface you only score the cards showing the same number and color.  But don’t just chuck the lower value pearls, those can be combined into necklaces for bonus points, helping you getting closer to victory.  Do all this within a 10 card hand limit and you just might win the game.  This game will be available in March of this year.

Next we have the latest in the Deckscape line, and that is Deckscape: Behind the Curtain.  In this version of the game you are the recipient of tickets to see the final magic show the great Lance Oldman.  As the show goes on you start to figure out the tricks behind his magic, but then the show takes a surprising twist!  Now you have to uncover all the magician’s secrets if you want to escape.  Look for this to be available in February of 2019.

Next we have a re-implementation of the game Dancing Eggs, called Crazy Eggz.  This is a fun kids game where you will be grabbing and trying to hold on to a bunch of eggs, but where you have to hold them is determined by the roll of a die.  Will you they be between your knees?  In the crook of your elbow?  Will you have to cluck or be silent?  You will have to roll the dice and do what they say until you can hold 5 eggs and be crowned the winner.  This is the latest release they announced so far with it coming out in May of this year.

And finally we have a trio of Sherlock games called Death on the 4th of July, Last Call, and The Curse of the Qhaqya.  These are deduction games similar to 3 Secrets, but this time no one knows the truth and so you will all have to figure it out together.  Everyone will have a hand of clue cards and on your turn you will decide if you want to play it out on the table, or discard it.  Played out cards are clues that you have collected and can help you solve the case or, if they end up being irrelevant, lose you points at the end.  You are free to talk about any of the cards you have in your hand, but while they are in your hand the information you can give out is incomplete and may not give the full picture.  Solve the case and catch the killer before he gets away!  Look for all three of these to be available in February of 2019.

The Unlock series of card games from Asmodee and Space Cowboys each contain the essence of an escape room encapsulated into a coded deck of cards. Using an app and a timer, players look for clues on the cards, and solve puzzles. In Europe, these games are generally sold in packs of 3, and the newest collection has just been released, Unlock: Exotic Adventures from designer Cyril Demaegd. The stories in Exotic Adventures, which will likely be sold individually in North America at a future date, include Unlock! Night of the BoogeymenUnlock! Scheherazade’s Last Tale, and Unlock! Expedition: Challenger. Night of the Boogeymen follows a child William, who has been tormented by monsters from under his bed. Players need to fight off the monsters without waking William. Scheherazade’s Last Tale takes place at the last moments of the classic story. Scheherazade is about to tell the Sultan her last tale, but she is out of ideas and the scribe has gone missing. The players need to find the lost scribe and tell the final tale. Expedition: Challenger involves a Private Investigator, a woman with a missing friend, and a valley full of unseen monsters lost in time. Players need to find the mysterious Professor Challenge and the lost friend in time. Unlock: Exotic Adventures is available now in Europe. Previous trilogies included Unlock: Escape Adventures (2017), Unlock: Secret Adventures (2017), Unlock: Heroic Adventures (2017), and Unlock: Mystery Adventures (2017).

Think Fun had some pretty good success with their first two Escape the Room games, Stargazer’s Manor and Gravely’s Retreat, so a third one seemed only logical.  In their latest email newsletter they announced they will be developing this new Escape the Room game to not only be scarier, but also far more difficult that the previous two.  In fact they are making the claim it will be the most difficult room escape game on the market.  This is a rather high bar, and hopefully they still make the game fun because you can easily make an escape room that is very difficult but not fun.  However, given how fun and interesting, albeit easy, the other two games have been, I am hopefully for this one as well.

Development is still fairly early, and they don’t expect to have it released until the second half of 2019.  You can read the full newsletter below, and sign up on their website for email updates to track the development of the game.

You’re getting this email because you signed up to be the first to hear about new content or games in ThinkFun’s “Escape the Room” line. It’s been awhile since we had news, but now we are thrilled to announce that we will be coming out with a third ‘Escape the Room’ game!

So what can we tell you about it? The most important thing is that we heard your feedback on our first two Escape games (Stargazer’s Manor and Dr. Gravely) – what we heard was that you want the game experience to be more difficult, and for it to be scarier. Asked and answered! Escape the Room 3 will be the hardest ‘escape’ style board game on the market, and it’ll be a good deal spookier than either of the first two.

For emphasis we’ll repeat ourselves – this will be the hardest escape style board game on the market.

We can’t announce the theme or any other specifics quite yet, expect to say that we’re expecting a release date in the second half of 2019. Our plan is to send, to this group of email subscribers only, updates between then and now with exclusive first looks at artwork, announcements on theme, and any other cool info that surfaces. We’ve never done this with a game before – usually we keep things under wraps – but we want to involve you in the process, and so we’re going to!

How can you help? It’s pretty basic: just share our new sign-up page for this email list with any friends you think might be interested. The more interest we can build ahead of time the better the product will do, and the better the product does the greater the chance that we’ll come back with an Escape the Room 4, and 5, and so on. So again, please send this page to anyone you can think of and have them sign up

Escape Tales: The Awakening by Board & Dice, is a card game that is based on the escape room concept, except that there are no time limitations. The focus of the game is on the story and player exploration.

“Players take on the role of Sam, whose daughter has been in a coma for over two months and whose doctors still cannot explain how this happened or what caused it. According to them, everything is fine with the girl; she’s healthy and shouldn’t be in this condition. Sam is desperate and looks for answers everywhere he can, which leads to a weird meeting with Mark.”

Once in a similar situation with his son, Mark offers Sam a book that he says contains a ritual called “The Awakening”, which might bring Sam’s daughter back. He also offers a warning that Sam needs to prepare himself mentally for the ordeal he will be put through – which involves traveling to another dimension. Sam is now ready to take on the challenge. Are you?

In the game, players will encounter engaging puzzles and will be required to make tough choices to proceed through the story. There are several different endings to the game. The puzzles solved, paths taken, decisions made – all of these interactions shape the story and have an impact on the ending that will be unraveled.

Contents:

  • 130 x Riddle cards
  • 20 x Location cards
  • 10 x Dooms cards
  • 18 x Action markers
  • Game board
  • Story Book
  • Rulebook

For 1-4 players, aged 12+. The play time noted on the box is 240-360 minutes.

The game is now available for pre-order and should begin shipping with begin end-October. It is also available at Essen Spiel. (Yay! I have already made my pre-order and can’t wait to pick it up in Essen!)

Thames and Kosmos has recently announced a ton of new games and expansions releasing in the coming months.

Word Slam Family, a more compact version of the 2016 Inka and Markus Brand hit Word Slam, is coming in September. Players try to get their teammates to guess a word, using only the 105 explanatory cards in the game; talking, signing and emoting are forbidden. Teams word simultaneously, and the first to get the word correct earns the point. Word Slam Family replaces the classic die and timer with an app, and the box itself becomes the screen between the teams. World Slam Family should arrive in September 2018.

Mercado by Rüdiger Dorn (Istanbul, Karuba) has 2-4 players purchasing valuable items from the great market. Players draw coins from their bag, and place them face down at market locations, competing with others for the same goals. Players who have paid all the necessary matching coins can take the location and gain reputation. Market boards can bring privilege or seals, or some can introduce counterfeit coins into a players bag. Look for Mercado in July 2018.

In Drop It, 2-4 players drop circle, triangle, square and diamond pieces of their color into the slots at the top of a large vertical board. Points are earned for hitting higher locations and special targets, but the pieces can bounce around a bit, so aiming is tricky. Additionally, if pieces of the same color or shape touch, they earn no points.

The EXIT series of escape room games have received well deserved accolades over the past year, including the Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel award in 2017. These games are self contained, one use, elaborate puzzle games driven by code wheels, puzzle books and props, which often involve the destruction of pieces while finding solutions. Six games in the series are already available, and now four new EXIT games are coming – Dead Man On The Orient Express and The Sunken Treasure are due out in July, while The Sinister Mansion and The Mysterious Museum should arrive in October. Due to the secret nature of the EXIT games, not much else is known about these games other then the titles.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty is a new expansion for the 2016 Spiel Nominee Imhotep. Imhotep had players mining and shipping their stone blocks to various locations, building pyramids, obelisks and temples for points. The new expansion adds 5 new locations, new market cards, gods and chariots to the classic. God cards add a bidding and betting element to the game, allowing players to secretly predict the outcome on various locations, earning rewards if they are correct. A New Dynasty should be available to purchase this August. \

Dark Heroes is a new expansion to the classic Legends of Andor. Winner of the Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel in 2013, Legends of Andor is a cooperative fantasy quest game with strong puzzle and strategy elements. Dark Heroes adds 4 new hero boards with dice and standees, and allows up to 6 players to overcome the original challenge. Dark Heroes is scheduled to come to stores June 2018.

 

Asmodee’s Unlock series of escape room games will be thrilled to hear that there will soon be even more adventures to solve.

Asmodee has announced three new exciting challenges in the Unlock series coming later in 2018, including a returning adversary.

“Like the six previous Unlock! adventures, each of these new Secret Adventures captures the exciting and challenging puzzles of an escape room and brings it to the tabletop with just a deck of cards and the companion app. While the companion app counts down the time and provides hints along the way, you and a group of your (hopefully) most clever friends have to use deductive logic and reasoning to discover the solutions to escape! “

In “A Noside Story,” players will be attempting to figure out just what Dr. Noside’s nefarious plans are and defeat him once again. Is he out for revenge? Or is there something else he’s plotting?

In “Tombstone Express,” players are trying to stop a train robbery in progress. Will you be able to stop them before they get off the train with their precious cargo?

Finally, in “The Adventures of Oz,” you will be helping Dorothy and her companions as they try to escape the Wicked Witch of the West!

You’ll be able to pick up all three of these exciting new Unlock adventures in the second quarter of 2018.

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to go on a real adventure? To see new places, solve riddles, uncover mysteries, and discover something new about the world (and yourself) along the way? That’s what The Enigma Box is all about. At first glance The Enigma Box looks like a bigger version of the escape room games which have become popular recently, except filled with strange tools, hidden documents, and advanced technology, all to help with an even bigger goal – for you and your companions to find the location of the “Arcanum Arcanorum”, the Secret of Secrets, a discovery which will change our understanding of the world and the destiny of humankind.

Sounds a bit much, right? Too good to be true? But…what if it’s not? That’s the hook, and what a well-crafted hook it is. We see A LOT of Kickstarter campaigns here on Dice Tower News, but I personally have never seen one so intriguing and tempting as this one. The charm of it is in your face from the first description and even the name – “The Enigma Box” – sounds like something cinematic in origin, doesn’t it? Like a plot device or a cool prop from a popular film, except it’s not a prop – it’s a real proposition. See how it’s described on it’s campaign page:

“With all the research, enigmas, and new revelations, the team from “The Rhomb” have designed an international challenge and a new form of entertainment which will change the way games are made, revolutionizing and creating a definitive experience never seen before and giving you a chance to discover the “Arcanum Arcanorum”, the Secret of Secrets” 

While before I had said that it looks like an escape room box, that’s not entirely inaccurate although it does fail to describe the scope of the product regardless of it’s loftiness. The Enigma Box not only features 6000 minutes of gameplay but also has “legs” in the form of continued content after it reaches it’s initial conclusion . Furthermore, this additional content will still use many of the tools originally available in the box, so the experience isn’t as consumable and disposable and it’s certainly not as short lived. However, the value of this is far more complicated than I can analyze or describe here, so if you’re interested in The Enigma Box, please check out their Kickstarter campaign page to learn more.

Having just won the Kennerspiel des Jahres, Thames and Kosmos have announced that three more EXIT Games will be available later this year.  The three new scenarios are The Polar Station, The Forbidden Castle, and The Forgotten Island.  In The Polar Station, “An alarm sounded in the eternal ice, so the polar station has been evacuated and foreclosed, but a small group of researchers has remained behind by mistake — and they have only one hour to find the code that will crack the lock program.”  In The Forbidden Castle, “The castle is the highlight of the hike, but hardly have the hikers entered the old walls, when the squeaky doors close. Escape appears impossible — but strange hints may lead players in a new direction. Can they solve the riddles and find the way to freedom?”  And on The Forgotten Island, “For those shipwrecked on the beach of this forgotten island, a chained boat is the only hope — but the mysterious owner has left puzzles over the whole island. Will the team solve them, free the boat, and escape?

Having played one of the the original EXIT Games I am very much looking forward to these as the puzzles were clever, and the hint and solution system were excellent.  Look for all three of these new titles on store shelves in October of this year.