Journal 29: Journal 29

By | March 20, 2019

by Journal 29 (website)

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📓escape book
Journal 29 is a unique book game where you can solve riddles and puzzles and submit your answers online to get the keys and move forward.
To solve the riddles, you need to think out of the box.
You can write, draw, search, fold pages, combine different methods and try to get those riddles right. Journal 29 is a 148 pages book providing over 63 riddles you can solve.
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Jess Phillips rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
Team size: 1 Time taken: Weeks! Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalintensequite difficult
Lise expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
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Mark Jackson experienced rated this:Rated between 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
value for moneyoriginal
PurpleB expert rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
unctionJunction experienced rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 out of 5
quite difficult
Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
quite difficult
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 2.5 and 2.5 out of 5

In a way, it could be that it's just not a puzzle book for me. But there's also that little voice telling me that it wasn't just about me. Also the book itself is reason to not like it that much. Some puzzles were definitely good and well thought out, but with too many of them I felt disappointed even after knowing the answer. Alternative answers were just as good and often it's just a matter of trying different alternatives and see which one was the 'correct' one. I also didn't like the external knowledge part. For web-based games I don't mind going to Google to help finding an answer, but when puzzles are in a physical book, I want to be able to solve them with just that book.

All in all, great artwork, some great puzzles but overall, definitely not the 'standard in the scene' anymore.

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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 used purely for marketing with little justification. Worse is when a home game copies conventions from real life escape rooms that make the product worse - such as the one-hour time limit, which is unnecessarily short for a home game. Journal 29 des...
Journal 29 ist das etwas andere Rätselbuch und ist besonders zu empfehlen für Escape Room Fans. Anfang 2017 brachte Dimitris Chassapakis ein etwas anderes Rätselbuch auf den Markt. Um dieses 140-seitige Buch zu lösen benötigt ihr neben euren Fähigkeiten in Decodierung, Kombinieren, sonstigen Sherlock Holmes artigen Fähigkeiten und einem Bleistift, vor allem auch euer Handy.
Dear diary, some day people will wonder what happened here. I could tell them, or I could leave a bunch of cryptic puzzles. Yup, definitely going to go the cryptic puzzle route.
A challenging puzzle book that can be taken with you, even to the ice cream shoppe!
On the whole this is a lot of fun. It’s well thought out and proves a challenge to many. The only downside is the puzzles are hide really do require a massive logical leap, the kind we would often complain about if it was found in an Escape Room. Regardless of this, it’s a sold game to keep you entertained.

If you’ve never done a puzzle book like this before, I would recommend that you pick up Tachyon first. It’s basically the exact same kind of book, but with a tighter theme and tighter puzzles. If you get through that and are dying for more puzzle book action, then Journal 29 is worth picking up, just expect a bit more frustration than the former.

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