Escape Room in a Box: Flashback – game review

Doc Gnaw is a werewolf on the loose and your team of 2 to 8 players has 90 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes in order to escape!

Solve 19 puzzles and unlock 4 real combination locks to construct a powerful amulet that holds the key to your freedom!

Such is the premise to one of the latest Escape Room style games to hit the market.

A lot of game companies have published escape room style games over the last few years and we’ve reviewed a number of them. This latest game is from a company you’ll know well – Mattel.

It’s time to unravel this mystery and share our thoughts on Escape Room in a Box: Flashback.

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Go on Safari in Serengeti

One of the things near the top of my Bucket List is to go on an African safari.

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved observing wild animals. And living in the Western U.S., one of my favorite places to visit is Yellowstone National Park because of all the wildlife.

So when I heard about a new game hitting Kickstarter this week that revolves around African safari animals, Serengeti, my interest was piqued. And if that weren’t enough, it’s also a cooperative board game – where you work together and either win or lose as a team.

Game designer, Jordan Shumway was kind enough to answer a number of questions about Serengeti.

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Dead Men Tell No Tales: Kraken expansion review

You’ve vanquished the skeleton crew, you’ve grabbed the loot, you’ve kept the deckhands in check, and you’re about to escape the burning ship to enjoy your spoils when it happens.

The ship starts to shake. The floorboards start to rumble. Then all of a sudden, tentacles start bursting through the boards all over the ship.

You and your fellow pirates stumble away from them the best you can when you notice the Kraken surface just off the bow of the ship and block your exit!

How will you survive? Start loading the cannons and take it down!

You can in Dead Men Tells No Tales: The Kraken expansion.

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It’s hard being Robinson Crusoe

Life sure isn’t easy on a deserted island. In fact, most of the time it can downright stink. But that isn’t to say there aren’t pleasures to be found.

Such is the case with the Robinson Crusoe 2nd edition board game from Portal Games.

It’s one of the hardest cooperative board games we’ve played. Yet it’s filled with so much adventuring theme and tough decisions, that we keep thinking about it long after we’ve played.

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You may not survive Hellapagos

In Hellapagos, you and your fellow castaways are shipwrecked on an island with an approaching hurricane in the distance. You must work together to have any hope of getting off the island before the hurricane strikes.

Or at least some of you may make it off the island alive…

Hellapagos is a semi-cooperative board game for up to 12 players that’s super challenging to all win together. But you have to try. Because if you don’t work together, no one will survive. By working together, there’s at least a chance you can make it.

Do you have what it takes to be one of the survivors?

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Immersed in Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition

The line between physical board games and digital board games has been shattered by Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition!

It’s no longer “either/or” – now it’s completely both. That’s because the digital Mansions of Madness app is the only way to play the physical game.

In Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition, players interact with both the physical game components as well as the digital app. Players use boards, cards, tokens, miniatures, and dice while the app unfolds the story before them.

It’s an immersive experience that pulls us in and keeps us wanting more.

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Mysterium is an awesome cooperative mystery

Many people have compared Mysterium to a mash up of Clue and Dixit: Clue because of the mystery of trying to discover a person, place, and thing and Dixit because of the bizarre and evocative imagery on the cards.

But even that comparison can’t quite capture the essence of the game.

Because one of the differing aspects of Mysterium is that it’s a cooperative deduction game – everyone either wins or loses together.

Everyone we’ve played Mysterium with has loved it. And we’re more than happy to tell you why.

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Forbidden Island – lead on, brave souls

Are you ready to venture to Forbidden Island, snag the treasure and get off the island before it sinks?

Don’t worry – you won’t have to venture out alone. Grab your family and gather around for another great cooperative game designed by Matt Leacock (designer of Pandemic) and published by Gamewright.

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