Plankton Games: Doctor Esker’s Notebook

By | August 28, 2019

by Plankton Games (website)

1-6 players

📦play at home

Overall rating

Rated between 35 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 5 users
combined with 1 pro review

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Player reviews

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 20 Sep 2019 Team size: 3 Time taken: 2:04
Wesley Mead expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
stairs expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 18/08/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 01:30:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

A series of "light" puzzlehunt-esque puzzles contained in a regular-sized pack of cards, with a novel answer-checking mechanism that works well to confirm guesses and guide you onto the next puzzle. Unfortunately, a few Americanisms meant that we had to rely on the hints/Google in a few places which is a shame, but otherwise a pretty neat, compact puzzling experience.

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Darren Miller expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

I’d barely heard of Doctor Esker’s Notebook, and wasn’t even sure if it was a puzzle game or other sort of card game when the publisher sent me a copy to try. That’s always a risky thing for a publisher to do, since I’m fairly merciless about criticising bad or average games - but Doctor Esker turned out to be as pleasing a puzzle game as I’ve played in some time.
There’s little to classify it as an ‘escape’ game - no narrative to speak of, no time limit unless you wish to impose one on yoursel...
Doctor Esker’s Notebook was a low-price, high-quality tabletop puzzle game.

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