Location: at home
Date Played: May 26, 2018
Team size: 1-4; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60-120 minutes
Price: $13 to 20 per game
The Forgotten Island was a standard Exit: The Game installment. If you’ve played any of the originals, you’ll be familiar with the structure, vibe, and tricks. This particular installment had a number of especially clever puzzles mixed throughout it and a few that felt like they could benefit from additional clue structure and maybe a bit of editing.
If that puts a smile on your face, you should buy it. If you don’t like the series, this one will not change your mind.
Who is this for?
- Tabletop gamers
- Puzzle lovers
- Any experience level
- People who are fans of the Exit: The Game series
- Clever puzzles
- Affordable tabletop gameplay
While we were out sailing, the weather had taken a sudden turn and we’d capsized. We’d washed ashore on a deserted island. As we looked around we realized that everything on this island was locked up… even a boat.
The Forgotten Island played exactly as did the original three Exit: The Game episodes. I discussed the mechanics of this destructible game in an earlier review. If you’re curious about how this series works, give that one a read:
Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin, The Secret Lab, & The Pharaoh’s Tomb [Review]
Exit: The Game’s The Forgotten Island was a puzzle-driven at-home escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around observing and puzzling.
+ There were a lot of excellent puzzles in The Forgotten Island. They played with perspective and space especially well.
+ There was an especially entertaining group sequence. This puzzle on its own would be a good argument for having four players present.
– Being a nautical-themed escape game, there were a lot of map-based puzzles, and we had access to too many similar components at the same time.
– One of the most interesting puzzles suffered from a lack of clue structure.
– The final puzzle was interesting, but too laborious. The ending of The Forgotten Island fizzled while two players plodded through it.
+/- Once again, if you like Exit: The Game, this is a quintessential Exit box. If you love the style, you’ll likely enjoy the puzzles in The Forgotten Island. If you dislike Exit: The Game or you find yourself getting tired of it, this will feel like more of the same gameplay.
Tips for Playing
- Make sure that you have a pair of scissors handy.
- Do not discard the box or any game materials until after you have finished playing.
- It isn’t possible to replay this game without going to great lengths to copy and preserve destructible materials. You can do it, but I don’t think it’s worth it.
- Play in good lighting. If you need reading glasses, have them available.
Pickup a copy of Exit: The Game’s The Forgotten Island, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Full disclosure: Thames & Kosmos sent us a complementary reviewer’s copy of this game.
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