The Spielburger Box Set is a tabletop escape game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in Saint Paul, MN.
Style of Play:
tabletop escape game
play on demand
includes video elements
light puzzle hunt
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection (or mobile device), pen and paper, scissors, tape
Recommended Team Size: 1-4
Play Time: 3-6 hours
Booking: purchase, wait for the game to ship to you, and play at your leisure
This game is a set of puzzles based on punny knock-offs of Steven Spielberg movies. Each of the 5 chapters (movies) has two paper puzzles whose answers you validate via a website. You will go back and forth between the puzzles in the box and the website. You can play the 5 game chapters in any order. There is a short series of meta-puzzles at the end.
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Spirit Train is an audio game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.
Style of Play:
Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection.
You’ll need Discord. The desktop app works best.
Recommended Team Size: 3-4
Play Time: 2 hours
Booking: book online for a specific time slot
Spirit Train is an audio game, run in Discord. The gamemaster describes the scene, characters, and objects in the story. You tell them what you would like to do or examine, or to whom you’d like to speak, and they tell you what happens after you take that action. It’s a bit like a role-playing game, but with more puzzles.
In addition to the audio narration of the story and puzzles, artwork is displayed in a text channel.
The host improvises with players and whatever ideas they come up with.
Taco Twosday is included in our recommendation guide for 2-Player Online Escape Games. For more of the best online escape games in this style, check out the recommendation guide.
Taco Twosday is a tabletop escape game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.
Style of Play: asymmetrical tabletop escape game
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, pen and paper
Recommended Team Size: 2-4
Play Time: 2-3 hours (or faster for very experienced groups)
It would be easy to play over multiple sessions because the game is divided into 3 sections and tells you when a good stopping point is and how to come back to the game.
Price: $17.95 for each half, or both halves for $35.90, plus $4-16 for shipping
Booking: purchase online and wait for the game to arrive in the mail
The game comes as two packets of information – one for the Flour Bureau of Investigation, and one for the Corn Intelligence Agency. Each group only has access to one of the two packets. You read information in your packet when instructed to do so, and then you discuss what you learn with the other group. Each packet contains complementary information, so you must collaborate to discover how your information fits together.
The game materials are mailed to you, but a website is used for answer verification and further instructions.
You can be either remote or in the same room as the other group, but if in the same room, you need to have something between the groups so they don’t see each other’s information.
Super Squad is an audio escape game created by Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul, MN.
Style of Play: audio escape game
Required Equipment: computer with internet connection
You’ll need to sign up for a free Discord account if you don’t already have one. The host is skilled in onboarding new players.
Recommended Team Size: 3-6
Play Time: about an hour
Price: $15 per person, with a 3-ticket minimum
Booking: book for a specific time slot
Trapped Puzzle Rooms offers spoken-word, Dungeons & Dragons-esque gameplay with some supplemental art. The host told the story, the players reacted to the world, and the host explained the ramifications of those actions. The more imaginative and willing to play the team was, the more the group got out of the experience.