That last bite sucks…
Location: at home
Team size: We recommend 1-4
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.
Pretty much all of the issues could be fixed in a future printing, if Ravensburger gets around to it. I hope that they do.
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.
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?
➕ 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.
➖ 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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