Gameday First Play – Exit: the Game (Spoiler Free)

Posted on by Jesta

“My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it.”

~ Barry Sanders

Everyone meant to use the cabin only as a shelter for the night, but come the morning the door has been secured by a combination lock, with no one knowing the combination of numbers that will let them leave. The windows are barred as well. An enigmatic spinning code dial and a mysterious book is all that you have to go on. Can you escape from this abandoned cottage?

I recently played Unlock! and really enjoyed it and Exit is a similar sort of thing however you’re destroying components. (Which, BTW, does NOT make it a Legacy game!!! :))

It’s a puzzle escape room game but this one comes with a book full of things to look at.

The game play itself is built around dial that works out like a decoder.

You’ll have a card with a picture of the room you’re in and next to things in the room will be symbols which you’ll get clues for to solve puzzles. The symbol will be near a thing you’re trying to figure out such as a locked door etc

You’ll end up, after deduction, with 3 ‘Answers’ which will be either colours or numbers or something relevant to the story.

Line them up with the symbol on the decoder and it’ll give a number… Find that number card. That card isn’t the answer but a cheat/mistake prevention mechanism.

The card will then ask you where you saw this clue in the room card to make sure you’re in the right place.

That will lead to another card, this will either be correct and tell you which cards to find to continue the story… Or it’ll be wrong and you’ll get a red X

You also have help cards. Whats on them? No idea, never used them 😉

At the end you get a star rating depending how many clues you used and how long it took to complete.

My Results…

The Abandoned Cabin – 10 Stars

The Secret Lab – 8 Stars

The Pharoh’s Tomb – 10 Stars

Positives

Great game play. Again, it’s similar to Unlock! so if you like this kinda thing you’ll love it. I personally prefer to play this spending the time rather than spending clues and luckily my groups so far have agreed.

Great stories, excellent components and very nice puzzles. They’re very different and require tearing, folding and cutting so the game is only once use.

It’s Cheap at £13 a game and we split it 5/6 ways. So far I’ve spent £6.50 on 200 minutes of VERY enjoyable game play. So even though there is no resell value and it’s only a one play game, it’s still good value.

Negatives

One shot game, leaves you wanting more.

Summary

Excellent game and I’m looking forward to playing more in this series.

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