ThinkFun Escape The Room: The Cursed Dollhouse

By | March 20, 2020

by ThinkFun Escape The Room (website)

📦play at home
Ever since his young daughter went missing, old Mr. Garrity has become a recluse. He boarded up his windows and doors, and refused to talk to anyone. Now the only time that anyone sees Mr. Garrity leave his house is when he crosses his overgrown yard going to and from his work shed.You don't know what he's doing out in that shed, but he spends a lot of time locked inside, sometimes working late into the night.
Recently there have been new disappearances; other local children have gone missing. And you've noticed strange lights in that shed of Mr.Garrity's; you know he must have something to do with it.
One night you decide to break in. Inside you find a dollhouse glowing eerily from the middle of the shed. It calls to you, and ignoring your instincts, you move toward it....
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based on ratings from 3 users
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PuzzleParrot expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5

I wanted to love it, but the puzzles were considerably worse than in Thinkfun's other escapes.  Love the idea though.

egnor expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
A really nice physical build and fun storytelling concept, but many of the puzzles were a little iffy.
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 10/3/2020

Cool construction, beautiful artwork, and admirable attempt at a story. Unfortunately, many of the puzzles were very very poorly implemented, and the experience was quite inconsistent overall. Most of the writing also read like middle school fanfic.

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This game was our favorite out of the three. We have not played any box games that would be able to transform into a 3D game yet. This one was very well executed with the story line (adding the eerie feel), puzzles and design. If there was one thing that we felt could use a booster it would be a stronger ending. Perhaps a hidden compartment in the box that gave us that final goosebumps moment or a visual conclusion.  

We’ve heard whispers for years about Rebecca Bleau and Nicholas Cravotta’s followup to their original two Escape The Room games published by ThinkFun (Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor & Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat). We had heard tales of a dollhouse built from the game box, creating the feeling of an actual escape room on your table. Those rumors were true.

The cursed doll's house is a hoot on the outside and a bummer on the inside. As with the predecessors, the focus was placed strongly on the game material, which is really impressive and also successfully brings the explorative aspects of an Escape Room to the table. On the other hand, this is also a big disadvantage if you want to play it in larger groups.

“It’s an innocent dollhouse” they said. “Just take a look inside” they said. Never listen to “they”.

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