Tag Archives: Unlock!

Unlock!: Scheherazade’s Last Tale

Room-in-a-box, Jun 2019

Rated 3 out of 5
Second in Unlock!’s Exotic Adventures set, Scheherazade’s Last Tale dives into the mythology of Arabian nights, with the premise that Scheherazade has run out of inspiration on her final night, and needs you to save her. It’s a romantic and distincti… (more)

Unlock!: The Night of the Boogeymen

Room-in-a-box, Jun 2019

Rated 3 out of 5
Unlock! are nothing if not experimental. I imagine it’s due to the variety of designers involved, typically a different designer for each game, but the way each game is distinctive not just in presentation but in gameplay is one of the series’s parti… (more)

Unlock!: Tombstone Express

Room-in-a-box, Jul 2018

Rated between 3 and 3.5 out of 5
It is very much to Unlock!’s credit that they keep experimenting with their format. Having established a game system that works, they could have easily settled into churning out identikit games. Instead, each new release seems to push the format in a… (more)

Unlock!: A Noside Story

Room-in-a-box, Jul 2018

Rated 3 out of 5
The first Unlock! game I played was Squeek & Sausage, and that game’s characters return in this sequel, which has some joking references back to the original but which works perfectly well even if you haven’t played that one. It has the same bold car… (more)

Unlock!: The Tonipal’s Treasure

Room-in-a-box, Jan 2018

Rated 4 out of 5
The Unlock games have so far been released in sets of three, and both times the third game in the set has had the highest difficulty rating and has also seemed to be the one with all the designers’ favourite ideas. This one, The Tonipal’s Treasure, i… (more)

Unlock!: The Nautilus’ Traps

Room-in-a-box, Dec 2017

Rated 3 out of 5
Second in the Mystery Adventures set of Unlock games, The Nautilus’ Traps is a beautifully illustrated game with an evocative theme, creative puzzle ideas and some clever ideas that mix up the format somewhat; and despite all that it’s a contender fo… (more)

Unlock!: The House on the Hill

Room-in-a-box, Dec 2017

Rated 3.5 out of 5
They’ve been out on the far side of the Atlantic for a while now, but the three new Unlock games finally reached the U.K. in December. Here they’re sold as a single box of three games with each described as a different difficulty level, and House on … (more)

Unlock!: Fifth Avenue

Room-in-a-box, Aug 2017

Rated 3 out of 5
The initial release of Unlock! came packaged with a 10 min intro game, but also provided a 30 min free print and play game, The Elite. Fifth Avenue is a second free print and play game of the same length as The Elite. There appear to be two more prin… (more)