Category Archives: Room in a box

Unlock!: The Noside Show

Room-in-a-box, Jan 2020

Rated between 3.5 and 4 out of 5
While each Unlock! game is a stand-alone story, fully half the boxed sets have included an episode featuring the closest thing the series has to a recurring villain. The Noside Show is the third of these, and its cartoonish style of illustration and … (more)

Unlock!: Insert Coin

Room-in-a-box, Aug 2019

Rated 3.5 out of 5
As a matter of policy, Unlock! box sets seem to each contain one game that’s more tailored for younger players, in both theming and difficulty level; in the Heroic set, that game is Insert Coin.
It’s themed for retro 80s arcade gaming, and that’s re… (more)

Exit: The Haunted Roller Coaster

Room-in-a-box, Jan 2020

Rated 3.5 out of 5
Like its sister game House of Riddles, this comes with a low difficulty rating and a linear, one-puzzle-at-a-time structure. Also like House of Riddles, it mixes pages of story into the clue booklet. Perhaps Exit was concerned that they weren’t provi… (more)

Exit: The House of Riddles

Room-in-a-box, Jan 2020

Rated 3 out of 5
I wouldn’t like to suggest that Exit are scraping the barrel for their theme ideas, but the premise for House of Riddles is simply that you’re in a house… full of puzzles… kinda like one of those ‘escape room’ things. Although to be fair, there’s… (more)

404

Room-in-a-box, Dec 2019

Rated 4 out of 5
Ever since Journal 29 there’s been a boom in similarly formatted puzzle books, each with one puzzle per double page spread, where the first challenge of solving is often in working out how to approach the cryptic illustration. 404 is the latest such,… (more)