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Tabletop games that emulate escape rooms are all the rage these days, with one version even winning this year’s Kennerspiel des Jahres award. These games tend to be $10-15 and are one-time deals. Once you’ve played through the puzzle, the game is useless to you. Some folks have an issue with board games they can’t replay, but spending $10-15 to get a group of your friends together for a fairly authentic escape room experience is way cheaper than paying $25+ per person for the real thing.
Escape Team gets away with being so cheap because you’ll be supplying your own game materials, namely some printouts, scissors, pens, and whatnot. Similar to the Unlock series, it uses an app as its centerpiece, but you won’t need to pay for a deck of cards from Asmodee, thank you very much. Printouts need to be single-sided because you’ll be marking them up, cutting and folding them as you try to work your way to each solution.
The game comes with one mission unlocked for free, with the other four missions available via IAP for $1/each. You can freely download the required files here for zilch, meaning the only cost you’ll incur for each puzzle is a buck. Hell, even if the puzzles aren’t that difficult, $1 for 30-60 minutes isn’t a bad deal.
Currently there are five missions available, but they’re promising more to be released in the future. Considering that my kids love escape room games and I happen to have a couple bucks burning a hole in my pocket, I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.