ThinkFun Escape The Room: Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat

By | March 20, 2019

by ThinkFun Escape The Room (website)

📦play at home
The year is 1913 and you are the lucky winner of a free stay at Foxcrest Retreat, where the famed Dr. Gravely has improved upon the latest in spa treatments and relaxation for those of high social standing. You take a long all-expense-paid train ride to the retreat. Upon your arrival, however, you and your fellow guests may find the "health retreat" is not what it seems...
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Jakob Frederiksen experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 6 Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyquite easy

the main issue with this is not so much the puzzles, but the player count(3-8 suggested) the game is linear, meaning everyone should look at the same puzzle all the time. played with 2-3 players I can see this is a fine little game.

Dan Mircea Suciu experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
shasha experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
egnor expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5

Similar in style & presentation to Stargazer's Manor. All paper & cardboard with some string. A bit less good than Stargazer's -- some bottlenecks in the middle and a puzzle genre that overstays its welcome, the story is a bit less engaging, the end a bit anticlimactic. Still a solid production.

Recommend 2-4p max. Can be reset if you're careful not to mangle anything. (Reset instructions are on the ThinkFun site.)

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5

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There are now several boxed escape games on the market, but this is the first one our group had tried, so we weren't entirely sure what to expect. The first and most important question is: does it work as a substitute for an escape room? The answer, for me at least is - kinda.
Naturally, the game is limited by what it can fit into a box, and by keeping the costs to a level that allows mass production. Despite that, the game includes some puzzles that were unexpectedly and pleasingly physical. O...
ThinkFun's second escape room in a box was good, somewhat brief, fun but suffered in comparison to their first outing and at times felt a little repetitive.

It is the year 1913. You've entered a contest and won an all-expense-paid stay at Foxcrest Retreat. Dr. Gravely is well known for his spa treatments to improve one's vitality. This all seems to good to be true...

Als erfahrener Escape Room Spieler wird man sicherlich von der Qualität der Rätsel enttäuscht sein und auch ein richtiges Escape Room Feeling will nicht aufkommen. Dafür sind die Rätsel zu  einfach, linear und recht simpel gehalten.
ThinkFun is back with another impossibly small box that – once opened in the comfort of your own home – magically expands into a multi-room immersive story-driven Escape Game adventure!
Clever puzzles and impressive component quality make for a solid game, but make sure you spend some time setting the atmosphere
We particularly like that you had a choice near the end of the game which led to different outcomes. There is also a solution provided for if you fail to escape in the allotted 90 minutes.

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