Playmonster: Break In Alcatraz

By | July 31, 2020

by Playmonster (website)

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The night of June 11, 1962 marks the only successful break out from Alcatraz. No one has ever figured out how these men made their way off the island. But no one ever knew their secret: There was an outside man.
You are the โ€œoutside manโ€ breaking into Alcatraz to help a few of your buddies escape the inescapable prison!
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Rated between 15 and 45 out of 5

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Playing this game felt like watching a movie. Every time we solved a puzzle, a new written story was presented to us on a symbol card. This would open up a new "scene". Our favorite part about this game is the design. The 3D game board along with the ability to be maneuvered in a way where we felt like we're literally peeling away secrets to reveal surprises within. Every time we thought that was the last layer we would be surprised with more. As we outsmarted the guard, snuck through the vents, climbed down the roof and ultimately made it to the rescue boat, we were relieved. Just when we thought we safely escaped Alcatraz, more life and death choices were presented in front of us...Let us know how you chose to end your adventure if you decided to try out this game! 

Break In Alcatraz was the first game in the series that we played, and the level of novelty felt through the roof. It was incredible how the box opened up, revealing layers of new sets to explore.

Unfortunately, Break-In Alcatraz doesn't fully exploit the potential of its own idea. Only very few puzzles actually make use of the different dimensions that the box design allows.

I feel like there was a lot of promise in this game, and at a seemingly impossible price point for what youโ€™re getting. itโ€™s just a shame that the puzzle half of it didnโ€™t come together. I canโ€™t really recommend this game, but if youโ€™re an enthusiast and are interested in seeing a couple of novel new ideas, you can (at this writing) picked this up for about $12 and check it out for yourself.

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