SCUBA puzzle adventure!
Location: at home
Date Played: November 11, 2018
Team size: 1-4; we recommend 2-3
Duration: 60 minutes
One small change can greatly impact how a game feels. The Sunken Treasure had entirely linear gameplay. This departure from Exit The Game’s semi-linear approach to tabletop escape game design created a smooth and calm puzzling experience. I found it pleasurable.
We never wondered whether we were working on the right puzzle, or one where we had all of the components. We knocked out the challenges as The Sunken Treasure served them up. This enabled us to focus on the story and play with confidence.
While linearity worked well here, this isn’t an endorsement of linear play-at-home gameplay across the board. As with most design decisions, it’s situational.
The Sunken Treasure is one of the easiest Exit The Game installments that we’ve encountered. This didn’t bother us at all; we rather enjoyed the calmer seas.
If you’re a fan of Exit The Game, this is one of the must-play chapters. If you’ve never played before, this should be your first.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- Any experience level
- Smooth linear gameplay
- Tangible puzzles
- An approachable difficulty curve
We set off in search of the legendary treasure of the Santa Maria. You’ll be shocked to learn that we did, in fact, find it .
The Sunken Treasure followed the same destructible paper-puzzle structure that I explained in our first batch of Exit The Game reviews, but with one significant difference. For the sake of brevity, you can read about the structure in our original review:
Unlike in the others, however, the gameplay in The Sunken Treasure was entirely linear. It presented the puzzles one at a time. Solving each one advanced the story and provided us another complete puzzle. This small change significantly – and in my opinion, positively – impacted the play.
Exit The Game’s The Sunken Treasure was a linear play-at-home escape game with an approachable level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around observing and puzzling.
➕ The linear gameplay removed ambiguity. This was the first Exit The Game that we’ve played where we never found ourselves attempting to solve a puzzle before we had all its components. We never once missed that added challenge.
➕ As the story progressed, the puzzles ramped up along a comfortable difficulty curve.
➕ With one exception the puzzles felt fair and solved cleanly.
➖ One puzzle had us in the weeds trying to figure out what we were supposed to see. In the end we got the correct answer for the wrong reason. We never would have even noticed if I didn’t make a habit of checking the hint cards at the end of each puzzle to verify that we had approached it properly.
➖ While we didn’t really need it, the hinting wasn’t granular enough. Should you need a hint on one of the more complex puzzles, you’re likely going to get more of a push than you’ll want or need. Exit the Game could smooth this over by adding a few extra hint cards to the more complex puzzles.
➕ We adored the tangible interactions in The Sunken Treasure. They exceeded my expectations, based on my experience with previous Exit The Game tangible puzzles. 👍
❓ This felt like the easiest Exit The Game that we’ve played to date. I didn’t mind at all. In fact, I liked it. Your feelings may differ on this subject.
Tips For Playing
- Space Requirements: minimal, a small table or floorspace will suffice
- Required Gear: paper, pencil, and scissors.
Buy your copy of Exit The Game’s Sunken Treasure, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: KOSMOS provided a sample for review.
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