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<a href="http://www.thinkfun.com/products/stargazer/" target="_blank">Thinkfun: Escape the Room</a>
<a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/193560/escape-room-mystery-stargazers-manor" target="_blank">Mystery at the Stargazer's Manor</a>
<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01BX4G62W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=B01BX4G62W&linkCode=as2&tag=thecodex-20&linkId=5cc2181352ce90ee2970a8d5d4648809">$30 CDN</a>
Available

Designers: Rebecca Bleau, Nicholas Cravotta
Recommended Players: 2-4
Reset Instructions: Available on website

<span style="color: #808080;"><em>It’s 1869 and the town’s well-respected astronomer has not been seen since the untimely passing of his wife. Recently, strange things have been happening at his manor – loud and unfamiliar noises, an unpleasant smell, and smoke billowing from the observatory. It’s up to you and your guests to solve the mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor!</em></span>

<blockquote>Probably the best ER-in-a-box out there right now (Oct 2016). All paper &amp; cardboard, but fun paper &amp; cardboard. Neat story, varied puzzles, nice illustrations. A bit lightweight for enthusiasts. Recommend 2-4p max. Can be reset &amp; passed on if you're careful.
- Dan Egnor</blockquote>
<blockquote>...an hour-long puzzle with elegant art, creative puzzles, and will occupy you for an evening...
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2016/03/20/thinkfun-escape-the-room-mystery-at-the-stargazers-manor-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>...you’re never going to get a fully immersive theme or a game with a lot of moving parts, but for under £20 you get a really fun set of puzzles that, in our case, engaged the four of us for 45 minutes.
- <a href="http://thelogicescapesme.com/review/think-fun-mystery-at-the-stargazers-manor/" target="_blank">The Logic Escapes Me</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>While the game might be a little bit too easy for escape room enthusiasts, it’s still a bunch of fun and great value for the price. We’d recommend the game for an hour of fun puzzles, especially to families looking for something to do with young children.
- <a href="https://escaperoomtips.com/product/mystery-stargazers-manor-thinkfun" target="_blank">Escape Room Tips</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>The game flowed like an actual escape room where the puzzles lead from one to another seamlessly and were related to the theme. If you are interested in an at-home escape room game, this would be a great one to try!
- <a href="http://escroomaddict.com/2016/04/07/mystery-at-the-stargazers-manor/" target="_blank">Esc Room Addict</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>Highly recommended – though expect experienced players to solve the game faster than the stated time limits.
- <a href="http://magicpuzzles.org/wordpress/2016/10/15/thinkfun-escape-the-room-mystery-at-stargazers-manor/" target="_blank">Magic Puzzles</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>...represents very good value for money, particularly since it can be repacked and passed on to other players, but as an experience it’s better for beginners, or perhaps as a warm-up for a group before a normal game.
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/01/23/thinkfun-escape-the-room-mystery-at-the-stargazers-manor/" target="_blank">Escape the Review</a></blockquote>
<span style="color: #ff0000;">If you finished this game, there is a spoiler laden podcast as the Room Escape Divas <a href="http://www.inversegenius.com/roomescapedivas/2016/8/19/lets-play-mystery-at-the-stargazers-manor" target="_blank">play through</a> the game.</span>
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<a href="http://www.thinkfun.com/products/retreat/" target="_blank">Thinkfun: Escape the Room</a>
<a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/199493/escape-room-secret-dr-gravelys-retreat" target="_blank">Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat</a>
<a href="https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01KH1EIAY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thecodex-20&camp=15121&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01KH1EIAY&linkId=3c745e4969ad4b74608740780e7d2beb" target="_blank">$30 CDN</a>
Available

Designers: Rebecca Bleau, Nicholas Cravotta
Recommended Players: 2-4
Reset Instructions: Available on website
<span style="color: #808080;"><em>The year is 1913 and you are the lucky winner of a free stay at Foxcrest Retreat, where the famed Dr. Gravely has improved upon the latest in spa treatments and relaxation for those of high social standing. You take a long all-expense-paid train ride to the retreat. Upon your arrival, however, you and your fellow guests may find the "health retreat" is not what it seems...</em></span>
<blockquote>Similar in style &amp; presentation to Stargazer's Manor. All paper &amp; cardboard with some string. A bit less good than Stargazer's -- some bottlenecks in the middle and a puzzle genre that overstays its welcome, the story is a bit less engaging, the end a bit anticlimactic. Still a solid production.
- Dan Egnor</blockquote>
<blockquote>a must-play for escape room owners and designers because, as we’ve said before, if you cannot objectively blow away this game with your real live escape room, then you’re making a big mistake.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2016/10/07/thinkfun-escape-the-room-secret-of-dr-gravelys-retreat-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>We enjoyed Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat more than we did Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor. The puzzles were more difficult and varied, players had more opportunities to get stuck, and the story was more satisfying.

The main issue with this game ... was the certain puzzles in this set can only be done by one person at a time, which everyone else watches and waits. This is fine for 2 people and maybe ok with 3 people, but will make playing with a group of 4 or more occasionally dull.
- <a href="https://escaperoomtips.com/product/secret-dr-gravelys-retreat-thinkfun-review" target="_blank">Escape Room Tips</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>In summary, I think it’s a half-hour of fun that’s worth the money but that will disappoint if you compare it to the first outing. I’d recommend playing with two or three people for the best experience. More than that will likely get frustrating.
- <a href="http://thelogicescapesme.com/review/think-fun-dr-gravelys-retreat/" target="_blank">The Logic Escapes Me</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>[Thinkfun] is consistently good, heavily story driven and literally everything we at Escape Authority look for in a physical game room, all right there in the comfort of your living room.
- <a href="https://escapeauthority.com/review-secret-dr-gravelys-retreat" target="_blank">Escape Authority</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>...limitations aside, it’s much cheaper than a normal escape room, particularly since you can pack it up after playing and let friends try it too. Within the confines of the format it’s designed well, and there’s a decent amount to sink your teeth into. I’d rather do a physical room, but as a substitute it’s satisfying enough.
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2016/12/20/thinkfun-escape-the-room-secret-of-dr-gravelys-retreat/" target="_blank">Escape The Review</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>Hebben we ons dan niet vermaakt? Jawel. Maar we hadden meer verwacht. Deels door de beloftes op de doos, deels door de escape rooms die we gespeeld hebben. Of misschien ligt het aan Escape Room The Game dat de lat een stuk hoger heeft gelegd. Dit is leuk als introductie of tussendoortje, maar biedt helaas net te weinig voor mensen die vaker escapen.
- <a href="https://escapetalk.nl/nieuws/getest-escape-the-game-mystery-at-the-stargazers-manor/" target="_blank">Escape Talk (Netherlands)</a></blockquote>

<span style="color: #ff0000;">If you finished this game, there is a spoiler laden podcast as the Room Escape Divas <a href="http://www.inversegenius.com/roomescapedivas/2016/11/25/lets-play-escape-the-room-secret-of-dr-gravelys-retreat" target="_blank">play through</a> the game.</span>
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<a href="http://www.spinmastergames.com/game-detail.php?pid=p20781" target="_blank">Spin Master Games</a><a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/204836/escape-room-game">Escape Room the Game</a>
<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01EARLQKQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=B01EARLQKQ&linkCode=as2&tag=thecodex-20&linkId=6701828efcd8639015399ad91a776d4a">$51 CDN</a>
Available

Reset Instructions: Items meant to be folded, written on, etc.have a small "printer" printed on it, meaning you can find this item on the website and print it.

<span style="color: #808080;"><em>Can you keep your cool under pressure? Escape Room The Game from Spin Master brings the thrill and mystery of an escape room to your home. Work together to solve puzzles and find hidden clues to escape before time runs out! The Chrono Decoder counts down from 60 minutes and creates a real escape room atmosphere. Play 1 of 4 different escape room adventures with varying levels of difficulty: Prison Break, Virus, Nuclear Countdown, and Temple of the Aztec. You win or lose together with Escape Room The Game.</em></span>

<strong>Note:</strong> There are a number of expansion packs for this game, with two available in <a href="http://escaperoomthegame.com/en-us/expansion-packs">English</a> (Funland and Murder Mystery), and more in <A href="http://escaperoomthegame.com/en-us/expansion-packs">Dutch</a> (Casino and Space Station). One can hope these expansions will be available in all languages.

<blockquote>The games are quite fun, except that the first one (Prison Break) has a particularly bad puzzle at the end -- probably the worst puzzle in the whole 4-game box -- which is sad because it puts people off the whole set which is otherwise pretty nifty.

The materials are mostly paper/cardboard with an electronic timer/verifier/codesheet gadget. The gadget is cute enough and works OK, though it feels a little cheap. Hints are time-triggered and pretty well designed, but of course may or may not match what you need at any given moment.

The stories are cliche (prison break, virus lab, etc) but capably told, the kit is good quality (for being paper and cardboard), and the illustration is well done.

Recommend 2-4p max. Can be reset as long as you're careful not to mangle anything.
- Dan Egnor</blockquote>
<blockquote>This wasn’t the most brilliantly designed game out there, but we all enjoyed our time puzzling together, and that ain’t nothing.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2017/01/22/spin-masters-escape-room-the-game-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>One thing we’re also noticing with boardgames like these, is they are prone to bottlenecks. Meaning that at any one time you are likely to have 1 or 2 players working on a puzzle and the rest will be twiddling their thumbs.

All-in-all we had a fun time (hiccups aside) honing our escape rooms skills. It definitely doesn’t replace the Live Escape Room experience, but a good take on an at-home version.
- <a href="https://torontoescapegames.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/spin-master-games-escape-room-the-game/" target="_blank">Escape Games Review</a>
</blockquote>
<blockquote>
Would we recommend this game? …possibly. It depends on who you’re playing with.
- <a href="http://escroomaddict.com/2017/02/06/escape-room-game/" target="_blank">Esc Room Addict</a>
</blockquote>

Exit-Game.info, a German escape room site, also has an <a href="http://exit-game.info/unboxing-escape-room-das-spiel/" target="_blank">unboxing video</a>, as well as a review of one of the games, <a href="http://exit-game.info/prison-break-escape-room-das-spiel-2/" target="_blank">Prison Break</a>.
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<a href="http://escaperoomthegame.com/en-us/" target="_blank">Spin Master Games</a>
<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Escape-Room-Refill-Board-Game/dp/B01LXNMXHH#HLCXComparisonWidget_feature_div" target="_blank">Welcome to Funland Expansion</a>
$16Available
Escape Room Expansion Packs require Escape Room The Game to play (sold separately).

<em><span style="color: #808080;"> Escape Funland — an old amusement park of the edge of town that’s home to Happy Jack, a terrifying circus clown.
You and your team have 60 minutes to free yourself from Happy Jack’s backstage cage and escape Funland. Can you get out in time?</span></em>

<blockquote>If you’re among the folks who truly enjoyed the original scenarios...it felt a lot like the original scenarios. I don’t think it’s a great value, but at $16 it won’t break the bank.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2017/07/05/spin-masters-escape-room-the-game-funland-murder-mystery-expansions-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>

You can find Dutch reviews of both Murder Mystery and Funland expansion on <a href="https://escapetalk.nl/nieuws/getest-uitbreidingssets-escape-room-the-game/" target="_blank">Escapetalk.nl</a>.
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<a href="http://escaperoomthegame.com/en-us/" target="_blank">Spin Master Games</a>
<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spin-Master-Games-Expansion-Mystery/dp/B01LZLY14P/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01LZLY14P&pd_rd_r=Y3QZXFE6JX7SD32SDQAB&pd_rd_w=3wD3P&pd_rd_wg=Zuzot&psc=1&refRID=Y3QZXFE6JX7SD32SDQAB" target="_blank">Murder Mystery Expansion</a>
$17Available
Escape Room Expansion Packs require Escape Room The Game to play (sold separately).

<em><span style=""color: #808080;""> It’s a real murder mystery — the wealthy heir to one of England’s largest steel companies has been found murdered. Solve the case quickly or there’ll be blood on your hands! You and your team have 60 minutes to solve the crime, or the murderer will strike again. Can you solve the crime in time? </span></em>

<blockquote>I think that it’s a complete waste of money.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2017/07/05/spin-masters-escape-room-the-game-funland-murder-mystery-expansions-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>

You can find Dutch reviews of both Murder Mystery and Funland expansion on <a href="https://escapetalk.nl/nieuws/getest-uitbreidingssets-escape-room-the-game/" target="_blank">Escapetalk.nl</a>.
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<a href="http://www.lockpaperscissors.co/" target="_blank">Lock Paper Scissors</a><a href="https://lockpaperscissors.co/rebel-revolt" target="_blank">Rebel Revolt</a>$20Available

(Note: This game was previously known as <em>Grand Theft Antimatter</em> under <em>Heist Party</em>)

<em><span style="color: #808080;">In this treasonous escape kit your crew must take down the Governments W.A.R. Facility before it goes online.</span></em>

<blockquote>There’s a great concept and structure here. I am willing to bet that Heist Escape Party could make something exceptional if they focus their efforts to make more consistently great puzzles that also serve their story.

At $15, Grand Theft Antimatter is worth the money for puzzle lovers, but don’t expect it to exceed your expectations.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2016/10/26/heist-escape-party-grand-theft-antimatter-review/">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>Overall we had a lot of fun with this one. I still really like the at-home escape concept and I think Heist Party has a good formula for it.
- <a href="http://roomescapist.com/escape-room/heist-party-grand-theft-antimatter/">Room Escapist</a></blockquote>
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<a href="http://www.lockpaperscissors.co/" target="_blank">Lock Paper Scissors</a><a href="https://lockpaperscissors.co/escape-room-z" target="_blank">Escape Room Z</a>$20Available
Designer: Elliott Bailey

<em><span style="color: #808080;">A humorous zombie themed escape room kit that transforms your home into an Arggh-venture!</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="http://www.lockpaperscissors.co/" target="_blank">Lock Paper Scissors</a><a href="https://lockpaperscissors.co/escape-quest" target="_blank">Escape Quest</a>$20Available
Designer: Elliott Bailey

<em><span style="color: #808080;">Make your next kids party an escape room adventure! This game kit has everything you need.</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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Coventry Road Games<a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CoventryRoadGames?ref=l2-shopheader-name" target="_blank">Conundrum</a>
<a href="https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/456867746/conundrum-the-experience-of-an-escape?ref=shop_home_feat_1" target="_blank">$67 CDN</a>
Sold Out

Designer: Carrie Babylon
Recommended Players: 2-3
Reset Instructions: Can NOT be reset (If you don't write on the paper, you might be able to rebuild it with a trip to a craft store.)

<em><span style="color: #808080;">Conundrum will provide you and your guests with a unique and memorable party experience. Whether you are hosting a dinner party, social event, theme night, or just getting together with friends; this game will provide the perfect ice breaker. Even strangers will be talking, laughing and puzzle solving like the best of friends in no time.</span></em>

<blockquote>Packed full of fun physical components; no paper-only puzzles. Some legit physical aha's. Very much handmade from craft store materials. Puzzle flow is open-plan which can lead to confusion (but there are cues, and hints are available). Hardly any plot. Would easily be a top contender except for the price &amp; lack of reset.
- Dan Egnor</blockquote>

<blockquote>What it lacked in polish it made up for in love....

It was a quirky box of family-friendly puzzles and school-supplies-turned-oddities. If that sounds like its your jam, then you should buy a copy.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2016/12/14/coventry-road-games-conundrum-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>
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<a href="https://escape-the-crate.com/" target="_blank">Escape the Crate</a><a href="https://escape-the-crate.com/confederate/" target="_blank">Escape the Confederate Spymistress</a>
$30 + shipping
Retired

Recommended Players: 2-3

<em><span style="color: #808080;">We've received word that Abraham Lincoln is about to be assassinated...4 years early. You have only an hour to save the President by breaking into the house of suspected Confederate spy, Rose O'Neal Greenhow. Sift through her belongings, discover her secrets, and crack her code to discover the details of the assassination in time. </span></em>

Escape the Crate is a mail order subscription game available to US residents only.

<blockquote>
If you’re willing to forgo aesthetics and beauty in favor of a tabletop escape room with fairly strong puzzles and you like the subscription model, then Escape the Crate is a wonderful choice. It’s smart and family-friendly.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2017/03/12/escape-the-crate-chapter-1-escape-the-confederate-spymistress-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a>
</blockquote>
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<a href="https://escape-the-crate.com/" target="_blank">Escape the Crate</a><a href="https://escape-the-crate.com/escape-the-queen-annes-revenge/" target="_blank">Escape the Queen Anne's Revenge</a>
$30 + shipping
Available

<em><span style="color: #808080;">We've received word that one of our time traveling agents has been captured by Edward Teach... a man you probably know as Blackbeard. We are sending you back in time to the Blockade of Charles Town to recover the agent and escape before Blackbeard notices your presence. You have one hour to break out of the ship's hold, rescue the agent, sleuth out the identity of an object from the wrong time period on the ship, and escape the ship before you end up in Davy Jones's Locker.</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="https://escape-the-crate.com/" target="_blank">Escape the Crate</a><a href="https://escape-the-crate.com/chapter-3-escape-the-colosseum/" target="_blank">Escape the Colosseum</a>
$30 + shipping
July, 2017

<em><span style="color: #808080;">We've learned that an unauthorized modern-day object has been discovered in the heart of Ancient Rome and rests within the dark tunnels of the Roman Colosseum. We are sending you back in time before a grand spectacle to search the labyrinth of passages and recover the artifact before it winds up in the wrong hands. Be aware, however, that you are entering into a world where lions and gladiators lurk behind every corner... but your greatest enemy might be your very friends you are playing with...should you have to battle them for survival... </span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="https://www.dvgiochi.com/news/deckscape-ora-del-test/" target"_blank">dv Giochi</a><a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/218311/deckscape-test-time" target="_blank">Deckscape: Test Time</a>€ 10,90April, 2017

<em><span style="color: #808080;">In <em>Deckscape: Test Time</em>, you have been selected from Doctor Thyme's most brilliant students for a special project. He'll test your skills, and if you succeed, you'll get a unique chance to help him on his newest and greatest invention. While he's explaining his project, he distractedly pushes a button: an alarm cries loudly and heavy gratings shut all the windows and the exit door. The laboratory is locked! Doc Thyme falls through a trapdoor below his feet and the lights turn off. Will you be able to pass Doctor Thyme's exam and exit his laboratory? Using just sixty cards, you will take part in a hectic adventure, without leaving home.</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game. English version will be available in April, 2017.
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<a href="https://www.dvgiochi.com/news/deckscape-ora-del-test/" target"_blank">dv Giochi</a><a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/230498/deckscape-fate-london" target="_blank">Deckscape: The Fate of London</a>€ 10,90September, 2017

<em><span style="color: #808080;">In this title, a terrible threat hangs over London, and the Crown of England needs your help! Your mission is to find four devices hidden in secret locations and defuse them before midnight. A single mistake, and the situation could degenerate quickly…</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game. (IT) Available in September, 2017.
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<a href="http://www.escapegameproducts.com/" target"_blank">Escape Game Products</a>The Enigma Files£ 19,00Available

<em><span style="color: #808080;">A Great White Shark has washed up on the shore of South West England. Its stomach contents contain several documents which lead investigators to suspect there is something strange about this case, can you solve it? </span></em>

<blockquote>If you want to dislike it, there is reason in abundance.

And yet, in spite of all the flaws, I surprised myself in enjoying big chunks of this game.
- <a href="http://thelogicescapesme.com/review/escape-game-products-the-enigma-files/" target="_blank">The Logic Escapes Me</a>
</blockquote>
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<a href="http://www.escapegameproducts.com/" target"_blank">Escape Game Products</a>Mysterious Package£ 59,00Available

<em><span style="color: #808080;">A package from 100 years ago is delivered to your door. Inside are the clues to an investigation into a government conspiracy from many years ago. Only today in the present can the case be solved, are you up to the challenge? </span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="http://www.escapegameproducts.com/" target"_blank">Escape Game Products</a>The Travelers Suitcase£ 299,00Available


<em><span style="color: #808080;">It’s a cold wintery night. The stars are out and the moon is shinning. You are waiting on the platform of an old railway station. No one else is around. Out of the corner of your eye you see a suitcase. As you approach you see a letter is placed on top. Your curiosity gets the better of you and you open the letter. You now start to uncover the mystery behind the Travelers Suitcase. The ultimate prize awaits… </span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/361817408/escape-room-in-a-box-the-werewolf-experiment" target="_blank">Stay At Home Werewolves</a>
<a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/188720/escape-room-box-werewolf-experiment" target="_blank">Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment</a>
$60May, 2017

Designer: Juliana Patel, Ariel Rubin

This is a kickstarter game which will be available in May, 2017.

<span style="color: #808080;"><em>In Escape Room In a Box: The Werewolf Experiment a group of two to six people has only one hour to work together in order to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack the codes that will unlock the antidote and keep them from turning into werewolves!</em></span>
<blockquote>...offered us a better experience than many rooms do, and it did so from the comfort of our own dinning room, at the price of 1.5 tickets to an average room escape.

Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment is a great game. It’s well-designed, innovative, and fun.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2016/02/03/escape-room-in-a-box-the-werewolf-experiment-review/" target="_blank">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>As a light introduction to the world of puzzle solving with an attached story Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment does its job! At the same time, board game, escape room, and puzzle enthusiasts will probably be a bit disappointed unless they adjust their expectations…
- <a href="http://escroomaddict.com/2016/02/28/escape-room-in-a-box-the-werewolf-experiment/">Esc Room Addict</a></blockquote>
<blockquote>Escape Room in A Box is the perfect party game and a must buy for room escape lovers and puzzle solvers. It’s also a great introduction to escape rooms if you have friends who have never tried one.
- <a href="http://roomescapist.com/escape-room/escape-room-in-a-box-the-werewolf-experiment/" target="_blank">The Room Escapist</a></blockquote>
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<a href="http://www.exit-das-spiel.de/" target"_blank">Exit: Das Spiel</a>The Secret Lab
<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Thames-Kosmos-Exit-Secret-Game/dp/B06WV7QZLX/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1490997539&sr=1-1&keywords=Thames+%26+Kosmos+Exit%3A+The+lab" target="_blank">$20</a>
Available
Recommended players: 2-3

Note: This is one of the three games which have been translated to English (<em>The Secret Lab</em>, <em>The Abandoned Cabin</em>, <em>The Pharoah's Tomb</em>). There are three other games which have not been translated from German yet. These games are meant to be cut or written on, so it is not possible to pass it on to someone else.

<em><span style="color: #808080;">As volunteers for a medical research study, you report to a lab as instructed. But no one is there except for you! Vapor rises from a test tube and you start feeling dizzy. When you wake up again, the door is locked, and you discover a notebook and a strange disk </span></em>

<blockquote>Better gameflow than Pharoah. We played with four and removed the staples from the paper booklet so each of us had things to do. It was challenging and satisfying to solve the puzzles.
- Errol Elumir (thecodex.ca)
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<blockquote> ...the three Exit games share plenty of similarities and if you like one you’ll enjoy the others too; but if you were to buy only one, Secret Lab is my personal favourite of the three.
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/03/26/exit-the-secret-lab/" target="_blank">Escape the Review</a>
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<a href="http://www.exit-das-spiel.de/" target"_blank">Exit: Das Spiel</a>The Abandoned Cabin
<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WP2G52Z" target="_blank">$26</a>
Available

Recommended players: 2-3

Note: This is one of the three games which have been translated to English (<em>The Secret Lab</em>, <em>The Abandoned Cabin</em>, <em>The Pharoah's Tomb</em>). There are three other games which have not been translated from German yet.

<em><span style="color: #808080;">After an unfortunate accident, you take shelter in an abandoned cabin deep within the forest. After an uneventful night, you wake to a locked door and barred windos. You discover a book and a strange turntable that might help you get out of this nightmare.</span></em>

<blockquote>The components are high quality and the mechanism works well. It’s difficult enough and has enough content to provide a decent challenge. The story is a fig-leaf, but it provides a solid sixty(ish) minutes of puzzle solving, with some original ideas.
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/03/18/exit-the-abandoned-cabin/" target="_blank">Escape the Review</a>
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<a href="http://www.exit-das-spiel.de/" target"_blank">Exit: Das Spiel</a>The Pharaoh&#39;s Tomb
<a href="https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01NAXV1G7/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thecodex-20&camp=15121&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01NAXV1G7&linkId=9fd9671d7365c3a464a6debf88e3de5c" target="_blank">$26</a>
Available
Recommended players: 2-3

Note: This is one of the three games which have been translated to English (<em>The Secret Lab</em>, <em>The Abandoned Cabin</em>, <em>The Pharoah's Tomb</em>). There are three other games which have not been translated from German yet. These games are meant to be cut or written on, so it is not possible to pass it on to someone else.

<em><span style=""color: #808080;"">The excursion to the Valley of the Kings is the highlight of your vacation to Egypt. As you crawl through the narrow passageways, you lose the rest of your tour group. You enter a mysterious burial chamber. A massive stone door closes behind you. On the floor lie a dusty notebook and an ancient disk.</span></em>

<blockquote>The gameplay suffers if there are more than two people. One paper booklet is needed for a multiple of puzzles, but only one person can look at this booklet at a time. We even removed the staples and it still didn't help, so a couple people had to sit and do nothing. Furthermore, the main "Aha" puzzle, which could have been wonderful, was executed vey poorly. In the end, it was enjoyable but preferred Laboratory in this series.
- Errol Elumir (thecodex.ca)
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<blockquote>The game expands through multiple locations, illustrated attractively and well. It’s well-designed and at times ingenious, and is tough enough to provide at least an hour of solid entertainment, and quite possibly more.
- <a href=""https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/03/26/exit-the-pharaohs-tomb/"" target=""_blank"">Escape the Review</a>
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<a href="http://www.armchairdetectiveco.com" target="_blank">The Armchair Detective Co.</a>
<a href="http://www.armchairdetectiveco.com/the-kidnapped-crossworder" target="_blank">No. 117: The Kidnapped Crossworder</a>$75Winter 2017

<em><span style="color: #808080;">Ms. Angela B. has invented a new game. Eager to show it off, she brings it to her local crossword puzzle enthusiasts’ club. However, the prototype is stolen soon afterwards, and she begins to suspect her fellow club members of foul play. She sets about gathering evidence…only to disappear herself.</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="http://www.armchairdetectiveco.com" target="_blank">The Armchair Detective Co.</a>
<a href="http://www.armchairdetectiveco.com/the-druids-catacomb" target="_blank">No. 238: The Druids’ Catacomb</a>$150Winter 2017

<em><span style="color: #808080;">An ancient megalithic stone structure has collapsed in a forest in Europe, and Dr. Richard Wise has arrived to assess the damage. As he sets about documenting the site, he finds an entrance to a series of underground chambers, evidently untouched for thousands of years.

The chambers have been perfectly preserved, and as he explores, he discovers a peculiar wooden box, locked and covered in ancient Celtic carvings. What tests lie within? And are these tunnels as empty as they claim to be?</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="http://www.armchairdetectiveco.com" target="_blank">The Armchair Detective Co.</a>
<a href="http://www.armchairdetectiveco.com/the-starcrossed-scientists" target="_blank">No. 354: The Star-Crossed Scientists</a>$250Winter 2017

<em><span style="color: #808080;">She’s a brilliant researcher at one of the most prestigious universities in Victorian England, he’s a passionate and reckless expert funded by the greatest wildlife society of all time.

It seems everyone, and everything, is working to keep them apart. Can they overcome the odds and find a place for themselves in a savage world? Follow the clues, unlock secrets, and reveal who is behind the devious plot!</span></em>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="https://www.facebook.com/RealEscapeGame" target="_blank">Real Escape Game</a>Puzzbox$45Sold Out
SCRAP had an escape room take-home game similar to their live events called PuzzBox. It was only available locally and sold out, but <A href="https://escaperoomtips.com/product/puzzbox-scrap-review" target="_blank">Escape Room Tips</a> has a review on it.
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<a href="https://www.blacktoadgames.com/" target="_blank">Black Toad Games</a>
<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1869540351/the-game-room-a-puzzle-adventure-you-host-at-home?token=59a8f73d" target="_blank">The Game Room Part 1: Mr. Boddy</a>
$282017

<span style="color: #808080;"><em>Step into the shoes of hot-shot news reporters racing to solve a maze of clues and puzzles in order to earn an exclusive interview with a notorious mad-man! Only the winning team will land the story, so brush up on your favorite board games if you hope to win.</em></span>
<blockquote>Everyone else involved had a good time as well. As with all play-at-home escape rooms The Game Room Part 1: Mr. Boddy wasn’t as incredible as a great real life room escape, but it also doesn’t have to be.
- <a href="https://roomescapeartist.com/2016/10/05/black-toad-games-the-game-room-part-2-mr-boddy-review/">Room Escape Artist</a></blockquote>
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<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCowboysFR/">Space Cowboys</a><a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/224316/unlock-elite" target="_blank">Unlock! - The Elite</a>FreeAvailable

Designer: Cyril Demaegd

<span style="color: #808080;"><em>The Elite is a free, twenty-card mini adventure for Unlock!, the card-driven escape room game from Space Cowboys! At the beginning of the adventure, you and your friends find yourself locked in a hotel room with a mystery. You’ll need all of your wits and your logic if you’re going to escape before time runs out.</em></span>

<blockquote>This game is small but well-formed. It flows nicely and showcases the system well, with no particular friction points. The theme is a little bland, perhaps. Still, it’s a good low-commitment option for getting non-escaper friends to try out this sort of game. Just make sure you’ve got something lined up to play afterwards though, because there’s just enough game here to whet your appetite without being enough to really satisfy.
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/03/31/unlock-the-elite/" target="_blank">Escape The Review</a></blockquote>
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<a href="http://www.matagot.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=479&id_rubrique=271&produit=232&lang=en" target="_blank">Matagot</a>
<a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/193209/room-25-escape-room" target="_blank">Room 25: Escape Room</a>
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Designer: François Rouzé

This is an expansion for the co-op board game <a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/127024/room-25" target="_blank">Room 25</a>.

<span style=""color: #808080;""><em>Trapped in a prison in which each room has four doors but apparently no exit, the players must try to find Room 25, the supposed exit to this nightmare. But some amongst them might be guardians of the prison, waiting for the right moment to strike. In the cooperative game Room 25, not everyone wants to escape from imprisonment – but who is the traitor? Each turn, the player moves are preprogrammed, requiring discussion, negotiation – and possibly betrayal.</em></span>

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.
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<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCowboysFR/">Space Cowboys</a>
<a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/216092/unlock-squeek-sausage" target=""_blank"">Unlock! - Squeek and Sausage</a>
$17 CDNAvailable

Designer: Cyril Demaegd

There are three scenarios to Unlock!: <em>The Formula</em>, <em>Squeek & Sausage</em>, and <em>The Island of Doctor Goorse</em>.

<span style=""color: #808080;""><em>In the cartoon-style adventure Unlock! Squeek & Sausage, you need to stop the mad Professor Noside from destroying the world. In your attempt to thwart his plot, the evil genius has caught you in a trap, and you can't stop him until you've found a way out. Can you escape and foil his plot before the clock hits zero?</em></span>

<blockquote>...the game is slick and fun, and more importantly the system and game come together in a way that just works.
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/03/21/unlock-squeek-and-sausage/" target="_blank">Escape The Review</a></blockquote>
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<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCowboysFR/">Space Cowboys</a><a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/216091/unlock-formula" target=""_blank"">Unlock! - The Formula</a>$17 CDNAvailable

Designer: Cyril Demaegd

There are three scenarios to Unlock!: <em>The Formula</em>, <em>Squeek & Sausage</em>, and <em>The Island of Doctor Goorse</em>.

<span style=""color: #808080;""><em>In the adventure Unlock! The Formula, The Department has lost contact with one of their chemists, Dr. Hoffman. Your mission is to retrieve the truth serum he had been developing. Deep in the New York subway tunnels, you must seek out his laboratory, locate the doctor, and recover the formula before time runs out. The clock is ticking...can you escape?</em></span>

<blockquote>I was again impressed at how much variety they’ve managed to squeeze into the card-based format, and the game combines some knowing nods to common escape room tropes with some refreshingly original ideas.
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/03/31/unlock-the-formula/" target="_blank">Escape The Review</a></blockquote>
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<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCowboysFR/">Space Cowboys</a>
<a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/216094/unlock-island-doctor-goorse" target=""_blank"">Unlock! - The Island of Doctor Goorse</a>
$17 CDNAvailable
Designer: Cyril Demaegd

There are three scenarios to Unlock!: <em>The Formula</em>, <em>Squeek & Sausage</em>, and <em>The Island of Doctor Goorse</em>.

<span style=""color: #808080;""><em>In Unlock! The Island of Doctor Goorse, you and your team have crash-landed on the island of an eccentric antiques collector. Two to six players will be split into teams, separated in the crash, and forced to escape from two separate starting points. The twists and turns of this challenging adventure will test even the most talented escape artists. With your lines of communication cut, can you and your teammates find a way off the island?</em></span>

<blockquote>I dislike split teams in escape rooms, and I disliked it here. Balance will always be a problem. The first 10 minutes my side had nothing to do. We sorted cards, we read the instructions, I trolled anyone that went by. Furthermore, a couple of puzzles were poorly done and soured the experience. Having said that, the game is cheap, I like its mechanic, you can pass it on to friends, and the majority of the game had some clever moments.
- Errol Elumir (thecodex.ca)
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<blockquote>The first two Unlock! games had flaws (too trigger-happy with the penalties in one case, and a particularly frustrating puzzle in the other) but worked well nonetheless. The Island has the same strengths without any major weaknesses, and also adds the novel challenge of starting with a divided team. It shines in the variety and creativity of its puzzles, which gave our team some deeply satisfying eureka moments. One of the other games is probably a better starting point for getting familiar with the Unlock! system, but by putting this scenario third they’ve saved the best for last
- <a href="https://escapethereview.co.uk/2017/03/31/unlock-the-island-of-doctor-goorse/" target="_blank">Escape The Review</a></blockquote>
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