A bit of competition is healthy for family bonding, young couples, and a close-knit group of friends. Game nights are a fun way to spend a weekend night and subscription boxes that deliver unique mysteries and case files are all the rage right now.
No matter what you’re age, there are do-it-yourself escape rooms, challenging puzzles, or mysteries to solve right from the comfort of your living room.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite mystery subscription boxes and DIY escape room puzzles for kids and adults. These subscription boxes deliver all the clues and riddles you need to solve a new mystery every month. Add your own booze (or sparkling cider for the young ones) and you’re set for the perfect game night in!
Price: Starts at $26.50/every 2 months
What's Included: The biggest challenge you’ll have is figuring out which friends you trust to help you solve Escape the Crate’s puzzles every other month. You’ll receive a 1-hour mystery complete with puzzles, tools, letters, codes, and riddles to bring out your inner detective.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. during the first week of the month
Price: Starts at $25.00/month
What You’ll Get: The Conundrum Box is a new mystery and adventure box that delivers part escape room experience, part choose your own adventure! Each month builds on an exciting narrative with puzzles, clues, and ciphers to crack the case and solve the mystery. Boxes can also be solved as a stand-alone mystery and revolve around a new theme!
Shipping: First box ships worldwide from the U.S. 3-5 business days after order is place; following boxes ship in the first or second week of the month
Price: Starts at $25.00/month
What's Included: Why not take your mystery global? Finders Seekers delivers a mystery and puzzle from a new city or culture every month. Bonus points: If you get through the codes, messages, and hints, you could win a prize.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 23rd of every month
Price: Starts at $16.00/month
What's Included: Love a good -- and spine-tingling -- read? Each monthly delivery of My Thrill Club! features 2 new hardcover books in the genre of your choice: horror, mystery, crime, or thriller. Build your bookshelf and discover new authors with My Thrill Club!
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. in 2 business days after order
Price: Starts at $21.67/month
What's Included: CSI lovers rejoice, because you can solve your own crime case from the people who created Deadbolt Escape Rooms. The puzzles include interviews, evidence, and a full case file to craft an elaborate game every month.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. (except to the U.K. and India) in the first week of the month
Price: Starts at $27.50/month
What's Included: For history buffs, you know that the world is riddled with unsolved mysteries and strange occurrences. Why not take a stab at solving one through ciphers, puzzles, and more by yourself or with a group? The mystery gets deeper every month.
Shipping: Ships to Canada and the U.S. during the second week or last week of the month, depending on your selected subscription
Price: Starts at $24.99/month
What's Included: Test your detective skills with Dispatch! The first box from this monthly subscription delivers physical evidence and clues needed to introduce a new mystery with subsequent month's boxes delivering additional evidence that build on the same story. Mysteries can be solved alone or with a group too!
Shipping: First box ships worldwide from the U.S. within 48 hours after order is placed; following boxes ship on your anniversary date
Price: Starts at $36.67/month
What's Included: Cosykiller is a mystery subscription box centered around a storyline that unfolds over the course of a year. Each month's box includes puzzles and ciphers that help solve the case, plus vintage keepsakes and memorabilia that you get to keep. Solve the mystery on your own, with a group, or seek help from their private Facebook group.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.K. on the 1st and 14th of the month (if you live the U.S.) or on a rolling basis as your order comes in (if you live elsewhere)
Price: Starts at $15.00/month
What's Included: The Gray Matter Sodality is a story-driven puzzle box that builds and connects the mystery with every month's box. Each month subscribers receive a new letter with a puzzle that contributes to solving the mystery. Unlike other mystery box subscriptions, each month's puzzle is self-contained so you don't have to wait for the next box to feel accomplished.
Shipping: First box ships within the U.S. right away; following boxes ship on the 3rd of every month
Price: Starts at £22.50 GBP/month
What's Included: Boxed Locks is a monthly puzzle and mystery box that delivers a pad-locked chest that can only be opened once all the puzzles are solved to reveal the final code! Each month's mystery is curated around a new theme and includes several items you'll want to keep once the chest if opened. Boxed Locks is also a great mystery box that can be played as a whole family (recommended for children ages 10+).
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.K. around the second week of the month