ThinkFun Escape The Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor

By | March 20, 2019

by ThinkFun Escape The Room (website)

It’s 1869 and the town’s well-respected astronomer has not been seen since the untimely passing of his wife. Recently, strange things have been happening at his manor – loud and unfamiliar noises, an unpleasant smell, and smoke billowing from the observatory. It’s up to you and your guests to solve the mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor!
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Overall rating

Rated between 30 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 5 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

Player reviews

stairs experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
shasha rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
San rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
egnor expert says:

Probably the best ER-in-a-box out there right now (Oct 2016). All paper & cardboard, but fun paper & cardboard. Neat story, varied puzzles, nice illustrations. A bit lightweight for enthusiasts.

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

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Anonymous says:

I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Solid gameplay, nice tangible parts, good story, completely reusable, pretty much checks all the boxes for a tabletop ER game.

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

Stargazer's Manor is the second ThinkFun boxed escape room we played, but is the first one they released, since in a fit of anarchic rebellion we decided to play them in reverse order.
Many of the comments on their other game apply here too, of course. It's inevitably lower energy and less of a buzz than a real escape room, since it involves less movement and no searching. While the game text is well written, it's up to you to create the atmosphere, and it's well worth choosing suitable music, ...
This escape room in a box massively exceeded my expectations and highlighted what a poor job some real life escape room do. A good theme and puzzles made this an engaging 45 minutes for four people. Expect to see more of these in the future!
A fun and immersive play-at-home experience with good quality puzzles and high production values
Like something you’d expect to find in Wonderland, a 10.5″ x 8.5″ x 2″ box hides an entire escape room ready to play in the comfort of your own home!

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