Location: at home
Date Played: October 5, 2020
Team size: 1-4; we recommend 2
Duration: 1.5 – 2.5 hours
If you liked The Curious Elevator of Mr. Hincks, then I suspect that you’ll love The Curious Stairs of Mr. Hinks.
The timeline and order of things here is a little funky, and it took playing to resolve our confusion:
- Stairs is a narrative prequel to Elevator
- Stairs is a functional sequel to Elevator
- You should play Elevator first because Stairs is noticeably more challenging
For all of the tabletop puzzle game companies producing new products, there are next to no games that build upon one another in difficulty or complexity. Every game is its own standalone thing; some just have the same rules. Stairs, however, built upon the style, if not the ideas, in Elevator, with more complex puzzles, not longer or bigger puzzles, and it worked.
We really enjoyed this series, and recommend it for the more puzzle-minded tabletop players. It looks good, but this isn’t a game that you buy for beautiful props to display; you get it to solve it. Play The Curious Elevator of Mr. Hincks first, and if that’s your type of game, The Curious Stairs of Mr. Hincks will feel like a step or two up.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- You already played The Curious Elevator of Mr. Hincks
- Elegant puzzle design
- A strong self-service hint system
Before Mr. Hinks built a puzzle elevator, he created a shorter, more challenging set of puzzle stairs. We had been invited to climb them.Continue reading “Bluefish Games – The Curious Stairs of Mr. Hincks [Review]”