Deadbolt Mystery Society: The Inheritance

By | January 17, 2021

by Deadbolt Mystery Society (website)

📫subscription game
The McClains are one of the oldest and richest families in Valley Falls. So when the current patriarch of the family, Edison McClain, asks for your help and is willing to make it worth your time, how can you say no? Edison was planning on naming his heir and the next head of the family. So he called together all of the McClains and proposed a game as a last test to see the worthiness of those he deemed had potential. But someone in the family had other ideas. During the family get-together, the McClain’s oldest and most prized possession, a medallion bearing the household’s coat of arms, was stolen. This 500-year-old family heirloom is believed by the family to be the reason for their wealth and success throughout the years. Without the medallion Edison can’t name his heir, and he fears the family will fall into ruin. Will you be able to find the thief and the medallion? Can you recover The Inheritance?
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Anonymous experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Jakob Frederiksen experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 27 Sep 2021 Team size: 1 Time taken: 75 min Outcome: Successful escape!
value for moneyfamily friendly

This is the first of the subscription boxes I’ve tried. While it was kinda hard to find what I should begin with I just started reading and it all lead to the right things making a timeline and scripling on several sheets of paper lead to the solution of a good variance of puzzles. Had some minor issues with the icecream puzzle even though I had figured out what to do. 

Well enough about my play, my thought where that I should have played this with my oldest daughter(14) this would fit what she would be able to solve with a little guiding hand. 

Good puzzles nice value, decent story

Anonymous rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5

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Deadbolt Mystery Society (DMS) is a monthly subscription box service, but you can buy many of their previous boxes individually, including The Inheritance (at the time of writing). This is only the second DMS box that I have played, the first being The Secret of Easthaven Forest. We really enjoyed that one, so I looked forward to tackling another. In comparison, I did not find the flow or all of the puzzles quite as satisfying this time around, and the story felt a bit less creative. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the high-quality and variety of materials, the online components (particularly the interactive one), and the interactions with the physical components themselves! I also really liked that most of the deduction was based on puzzle answers but some was based on more traditional “mystery game” style clues you discovered along the way. While it was approachable to play solo, there are quite a variety of items in the box, and I can see that you could keep up to 4 players occupied. There are no murders or violence here, and I would say it is family-friendly for older children who enjoy these kinds of games. There is nothing to be concerned about around younger children, but the tone, theme, and puzzle level are less likely to appeal to them (relative to something like Escape Room in a Box). If you are looking for an approachable, classic (murderless!) Whodunnit box with a mixture of puzzles and deduction, with high-quality paper-based materials and integrated online components, The Inheritance might be for you! I certainly look forward to checking out some more DMS boxes in the future.

It’s hard for me to recommend this game. While the first half of the game showed a lot of promise, the back half felt really uninspired—and this was supposed to be one of the higher rated modules of the series.

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