Category Archives: Room in a box

Escape Game: Lucky Luke

Room-in-a-box, May 2018

Rated 3.5 out of 5
Some people impulse-buy handbags or electronic gadgets; apparently my equivalent vice is to buy escape game books in languages I don’t speak, which is how I ended up with a French-language copy of the Lucky Luke book after passing through Brussels. I… (more)

Trip 1907

Room-in-a-box, May 2018

Rated between 2 and 3 out of 5
Trip 1907 describes itself as an “interactive escape the book game”; many will immediately notice the resemblance in style and presentation to Journal 29, from which it readily acknowledges drawing inspiration. It has not only the same format of one … (more)

Journal 29

Room-in-a-box, Jun 2017

Rated 4 out of 5
I originally decided not to write a review for Journal 29, because it never claims to be an escape game – quite correctly so in my opinion. So many publishers are jumping on the ‘escape game’ description because it’s hot at the moment, but it’s often… (more)

Escape Team: Missions 1-5

Room-in-a-box, Feb 2018

Rated between 3.5 and 4 out of 5
There are a few other games available on a print and play basis, but Escape Team take that approach to perhaps its purest form. Where other printable games are best printed on card in colour, these are intended for printing in black and white on norm… (more)

Unlock!: The Tonipal’s Treasure

Room-in-a-box, Jan 2018

Rated 4 out of 5
The Unlock games have so far been released in sets of three, and both times the third game in the set has had the highest difficulty rating and has also seemed to be the one with all the designers’ favourite ideas. This one, The Tonipal’s Treasure, i… (more)

Unlock!: The Nautilus’ Traps

Room-in-a-box, Dec 2017

Rated 3 out of 5
Second in the Mystery Adventures set of Unlock games, The Nautilus’ Traps is a beautifully illustrated game with an evocative theme, creative puzzle ideas and some clever ideas that mix up the format somewhat; and despite all that it’s a contender fo… (more)

Unlock!: The House on the Hill

Room-in-a-box, Dec 2017

Rated 3.5 out of 5
They’ve been out on the far side of the Atlantic for a while now, but the three new Unlock games finally reached the U.K. in December. Here they’re sold as a single box of three games with each described as a different difficulty level, and House on … (more)