Escape Tales: The Awakening

By | May 17, 2019

by Escape Tales (website)

📦play at home
180-360 mins
Players take on the role of Sam, whose daughter has been in a coma for a couple of months and whose doctors still cannot explain how or what caused it. According to them, everything is fine with the girl; she's healthy and shouldn't be in this condition. Sam is desperate and looks for answers everywhere he can.
Enter Mark, a man whose son was once in a similar condition. Mark is quiet on the details, handing Sam a scary-looking book containing a ritual called “The Awakening”. Mark promises that the book contains the answer, but Sam will need to prepare himself mentally for the journey ahead.
Sam must transverse a whole different reality! Through determination, and a bit of luck, he will be able to find his daughter, understand the cause of her condition, and wake her up.
The meeting with Mark was a week ago. Today, Sam stands in his basement, ready to Awaken his daughter.
Are you ready, too?
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Rated between 25 and 40 out of 5

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PuzzleParrot expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5

I found the gameplay to be a bit tedious, and the deciding factors for which ending you get to be somewhat arbitrary. Love the idea, but it felt weighted down by the details of the execution.

Charly expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Wei-Hwa Huang expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5

Mostly pretty good, but has a very weird property which makes me dock it a star-and-a-half.  It's about the endings to this game.  I'll put it here in ROT13 code to avoid accidental spoilers:  gurer'f ab erny "tbbq raqvat"!!  Rira gur "orfg" raqvat va gur tnzr vf fbzrjung ovggrefjrrg.

Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
shasha experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 01.11.2018 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Super innovative hours of escape room puzzle mystery board game, perfect for team of 2!

stairs expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5

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I've been saying for a while that the convention of a 60 minute time limit is an unnecessary constriction on play-at-home games, and that games would do better to aim for a longer play time and a more substantial experience. Escape Tales appear to have reached the same conclusion, and their debut game The Awakening is listed as 180-360 minutes duration (!). Up to six hours on the trot is on the long side even for me, but fortunately they've built in a mechanism for 'saving' your game state so th...

We would 100% recommend The Awakening games, but would add a provision that the story can get quite dark in places, with a content warning for themes of suicide, so tread cautiously if this concerns you. Perhaps give Children of Wyrmwoods a go, which doesn’t have a content warning, we’d definitely recommend giving Escape Tales a go!

Bei Escape Tales: The Awakening handelt es sich um eines der meist erwarteten Escape Room Spiele für Zuhause in 2018. Begeisterten die bisher erschienen Escape Room Spiele, wie Exit – Das Spiel oder Escape Room: Das Spiel bisher nur über ihre Rätsel, so verspricht uns Escape Tales: The Awakening dazu noch eine dichte Story.

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