A Mixed Bag
Location: at home
Date Played: June 14, 2020
Team size: we recommend 1-3
Size: two 500-piece 13 x 10 inch puzzles
Price: about $15
This puzzle packed two gimmicks into one box.
Even as an avid jigsaw puzzler, the prospect of 2 different 500-piece puzzles mixed into the same box was a bit intimidating. As it turned out, that worked a lot better than I’d expected. In fact, this was easier to assemble than most of the 750 – 1000 piece puzzles that I’ve solved. The clever trick here was the different depths of field in each image.
As an added twist, the story booklet set up a mystery that we could solve using the evidence we observed in the puzzle pictures.
So, how did this all come together? Well… it was a mixed bag.
The jigsaw puzzles were fine, even if the puzzle pictures were inelegant. (The box art was way more interesting.)
As a mystery game… it was also fine. The mystery was solvable, although some clues were a bit hard to read on account of the image quality.
The biggest stumble in A is for Arson was the narrative, which substituted cultural and ethnic stereotypes in place of actual character development.
A is for Arson was conceptually brilliant; I wish that it had stronger execution.
Who is this for?
- Jigsaw puzzlers
- The unusual design of 2 different 500-piece puzzles mixed into 1 box
- The additional story/ mystery content
Investigators had been summoned to the charred ruins of a local Indian restaurant to investigate the origins of the suspicious fire.
It turned out that there were quite a few people with a motive for torching the place.Continue reading “Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle Game: A is for Arson [Review]”