ESCAPE HUNT UK - STOLEN
A really strong "who done it" print at home game, which is slightly different to the norm, but safe to say we really enjoyed it!
The story - there is mischief afoot in the streets of London! Five robberies, five precious items stolen. Your job, work out the culprits, what they stole, when they stole it and where they stole it from.
I really enjoyed the concept with the game in that it isn't the traditional linear puzzle in that you have to find out one person who is responsible for the crime.
On the flip side, this isn't the normal escape room format and works off a logic style grid in being able to eliminate particular individuals or scenarios as you work your way through the evidence you are presented with.
In terms of the evidence, the attention to detail is strong within this game. The printed materials are certainly believable and very well presented. In fact, given that this is a print at home game, there is the potential to turn your home into a physical escape room by hiding the different printed objects to be found and then pulling the team together to carry out the actual detective work.
The print at home document contains 9 pages of "evidence" to aide you in your detective investigations. The puzzles vary vastly in each evidence item and there were two or three which we were particularly impressed by. Your powers of deduction will certainly be tested! In terms of difficulty its an odd one to gauge - I would suggest slightly more experienced gamers would enjoy this, that said, it is a great game for families with older children to get involved in too!
It is clear that the designers have taken great pride in developing this product and it certainly shows in the care and attention. It cannot have been easy developing the volume of complex "puzzles" which allow you to solve this game - particularly as all the documents intertwine with one another and it is not always cut and dry as to whom the evidence relates to- one member of the team certainly got themselves in a twist!
We made our way through the puzzles and managed to work out correctly all five scenarios without the need of any clues in 48 minutes! As a side note, the PDF file received with the evidence includes a link to the clues and answers page should you get really stuck - the clues are very well put together and point you well in the right direction without giving you too much to spoil it!
Having completed the game, we checked the answers on the link and found that we got everything correct! As with most print at home games, its really difficult to get the wow factor "pay off" finale. That said, we certainly had a great sense of pride in completing this complex who done it game.
When all was said and done, we all agreed that this is a great print at home game which was very enjoyable. Some very strong puzzles, great attention to detail made even better by having to work out multiple different scenarios as opposed to just one. This being the second print at home game we've played by Escape Hunt UK, we would certainly recommend these games. Looking forward to the next one, and, when the doors are able to open again, making a trip to see their physical rooms!
PADLOCK RATING; 4.5 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
To Purchase this experience, visit; https://escapehunt.com/uk/play-at-home-games/