The Forgotten Island
Room in a box by Thames & Kosmos Exit
A boat is chained to a palm tree. Everything on this island seems to be secured with locks … and you soon come to realize: You must figure out all the combinations to open the locks in to order to escape. If not, you will never leave this island! Can you solve the riddles left for you and escape the island?
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.
The storyline is very clear and is well integrated through the puzzles. The progression is very logical and only once used a hint for a puzzle we weren’t ready to do.
The physical quality is appropriately good for a product you’ll end up destroying in the process. There are a lot of elements in the box as well.
We played this with two (and sometimes help from a third) players. With just myself and my teen daughter, for the most part, we were able to finish this in about 90 minutes with 3 hints. Not too shabby and was a great time together. This was, to date, my favourite boxed escape room experience and gave me hope to try some more!
Overall, it was fun and challenging, and I will do more of these specifically because this one was so good. So, if you don’t mind sending all that material to the landfill once you’re done, give it a shot!