The Sinister Mansion
Room in a box by Thames & Kosmos Exit
You are invited to be a guest at a palatial mansion, but upon arrival, you find yourselves forced to take part in a macabre game. The clock is ticking, and there is not much time left to solve the puzzles. Can you escape the mansion before it’s too late?
- Puzzle Quality4.0
- Story Integration3.5
- Physical Quality4.0
- Fun to play3.5
If this is your first escape-room-in-a-box, you may not enjoy it – but you will enjoy your second more! It definitely takes some time to get used to doing this sort of activity which is why I’ve come back to edit this review. A boxed experience is a bit more like a board game experience that you can only use once. With the Exit series of boxes especially, you destroy elements of the game in the process so it can’t be used again by someone else. Though we weren’t exactly in love with the Deckscape escape-room-in-a-box experience, we were at least able to pass it on to a friend to be enjoyed again.
The storyline was clear but a bit shallow – you’re trapped and now get out! But there are lots of interesting things to learn from in this room – so why not expand on it? Let us learn more about our host to enrich an experience that is quite literally two-dimensional already.
The physical quality is decent. There’s definitely more involved in making this than a Deckscape escape room. Again, it’s sadly a single-use product. Such a shame because it is well-made and clearly took a lot of thought and they are generally more expensive. The destruction of the game does add a unique depth to it, I just wish there was a better way!
We played this with four players but really, in our experience, two is plenty. With more than two players there is at least one person unable to contribute at any given time because only so many of you can hold onto the clues and cards at once.
Overall, it was fun and challenging and worth a shot if you don’t mind sending all that material to the landfill once you’re done.