Ravensburger – Vampire’s Castle Escape Puzzle [Review]

That last bite sucks…

Location:  at home

Team size: We recommend 1-4

Duration: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Price: $25

Publisher: Ravensburger

REA Reaction

We really wanted to love this puzzle. From a jigsaw puzzle standpoint, this was comfortably our favorite of the 4 Ravensburger Escape Puzzles.

Unfortunately, once we’d assembled the jigsaw puzzle, the “escape room” puzzles were a mess. There were multiple broken or ambiguous puzzles. While it all came together well enough in the end, the mistakes were too numerous and inexcusable for us to recommend this product.

A portion of the puzzle including a few suites of armor.

Pretty much all of the issues could be fixed in a future printing, if Ravensburger gets around to it. I hope that they do.

In the mean time, I’d recommend passing on this one unless you’re keen on doing the jigsaw or you’ve played Space Observatory, Witch’s Kitchen, and Submarine and want to complete the set.

Series Overview

This review only covers details specific to this individual Ravensburger Escape Puzzle.

For a detailed explanation of the concept, mechanics, and a general analysis of the entire product line, check out our Ravensburger Escape Puzzle Overview.

Closeup of Dracula emerging from his coffin.

Story

While vacationing in Romania, we’d decided to take a hike. Along the way we’d found an old castle; we couldn’t turn down the adventure. As we entered the castle, the door had locked behind us. We slowly realized that we weren’t alone. What could we do to survive?

A portion of the puzzle including vampire bats.

Analysis

➕ From a purely jigsaw puzzle standpoint, Vampire’s Castle was our favorite of Ravensburger’s Escape Puzzles. The image was vibrant, with a lot of color and texture variation. The design kept our momentum going from start to finish.

➕ The puzzle was filled with all sorts of cute oddities and amusing details.

The Vampires Castle Escape puzzle box.

➖ Too many of the puzzles within the puzzle were problematic. A third of the puzzles worked well. A third of the puzzles were too ambiguous for my liking… and a third of them were a total mess.

➖ There was a counting puzzle that was far too fuzzy.

➖ The puzzles that didn’t work properly were baffling, I’m really confused as to how they went to print.

➕ The final puzzle was satisfying.

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Disclosure: Ravensburger provided a sample for review.

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6 thoughts on “Ravensburger – Vampire’s Castle Escape Puzzle [Review]

  1. Okay, glad I’m not the only one who thought this puzzle was a disaster. I’ve been playing through the whole series and really loving them, but the clues for this one were incredibly frustrating. I even think there might have been a typo on ours because even reverse engineering one of the puzzles couldn’t make the math add up.

    Such a shame, because it was so fun to put together.

  2. I stopped playing them after the first three ones. A lot of puzzling but very few actual escape-room-esque riddles in the end.

  3. Agreed!!! This is our 3rd escape puzzle and it was a doozy! The puzzles were so frustrating! We too found a typo/math discrepancy. I JUST bought our 4th one (Submarine), and I’m hoping it turns out to be a better experience. We did enjoy the Witch’s Kitchen & Space Observatory a lot though. 🙂

  4. Absolutely loved the Witch’s Kitchen as well as my friends at work. We pretty much solved with it the clues given. Even my kids helped out. The Vampire puzzle is an absolute mess. Clues are ambiguous or non existent. One clue was cut up between pieces so you would never find it. I’ve yet to figure out the rug on the floor or clues in the picture of the soldier. Don’t waste your money. I’m not sure if I would buy another. On the brighter side, it was fun to put together.

    1. Fully agree with you Pat. I will say that the Vampire Castle is the low point for the Escape Puzzle series.

      If you liked Witch’s Kitchen, then there are others that I think that you’ll enjoy… If I had done Vampire’s Castle first, I’m not sure that I would have tried another.

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